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26 April 2011 - 21:16, by , in news, No comments
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today filed a consumer protection lawsuit against a Texas-based company that pledges to offer a quick fix a consumer’s damaged credit history. The complaint alleges that offered services are ineffective and that the defendants charge an advance fee that is prohibited by federal law.   According to the suit, representatives of...
26 April 2011 - 14:08, by , in news, No comments
Severe storms and flooding in our state have left widespread damage in their wake, with many Arkansans already starting to rebuild and repair. These natural disasters have prompted Gov. Beebe to declare a state of emergency, triggering the Arkansas Price Gouging Law. Accordingly, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today issued this special consumer alert to inform...
19 April 2011 - 18:57, by , in News Releases, No comments
LITTLE ROCK (April 19, 2011) – The Arkansas REALTORS® Association has received a $60,000 Ira Gribin Workforce Housing Grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. The grant will help support workforce housing initiatives in the state including REALTOR® education  initiatives, consumer education initiatives and support of the work of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority and...
15 April 2011 - 18:39, by , in news, No comments
Shop around. Try to avoid “drive-by” offers from door-to-door solicitors, and get estimates from several contractors before making a selection. Don’t be rushed into a contract, even if it may be necessary to act quickly. Know the contractor. Use reputable contractors you already know, and be concerned about unknown companies that promise repair work at...
14 April 2011 - 14:56, by , in House To House, No comments
As the deadline to file taxes quickly approaches the Arkansas Realtors® Association reminds home owners of the many tax benefits they can take advantage of by owning a home. “Many families are feeling a financial squeeze these days and the tax benefits associated with owning a home can be a welcome relief,” said Andy Meyers,...
14 April 2011 - 14:51, by , in House To House, No comments
One of my absolute favorite websites is HouseLogic.com.  Every time I visit I get lost going from one article to the next and end up spending at least an hour reading and not doing whatever else I had planned to do with that hour.   It is what I call a “good problem to have.”  Recently,...
8 April 2011 - 4:28, by , in news, No comments
Nature offers many beautiful gifts and wonders to explore, and parents can help get kids outside to discover them when they step away from the television or computer screen. Here are a few fun ways to encourage your children to explore nature. A growing trendAs more Americans are discovering every year, gardening is a great...
4 April 2011 - 20:26, by , in House To House, No comments
In last week’s column I discussed a fairly new and dangerous threat has arisen for homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments and may be at risk of foreclosure – opportunistic companies. They often refer to themselves as a “foreclosure consultant”, “mortgage consultant,” and market themselves as a “foreclosure service”, “foreclosure rescue agency”...