Paul F. P. Pogue Angie's List Published 10:10 p.m. UTC Jul 5, 2018 Buying or selling a home can be a daunting task. But doing so without a real estate agent can be even more so. After all, the job of a real estate agent is to cover the many details involved to ensure you’re getting the best possible outcome in your new home purchase or home sale. The benefits Agents bring a number of advantages. They have a vested interest in giving you the best customer service possible, as many depend on referrals and references to grow their customer base. And they also have a deep knowledge of the local real estate market and their ear to the ground about potential new listings and buyers. Further, since they handle scheduling, negotiations and other details, it frees your time to focus on the other aspects of your move and minimizes the risk of disagreements between you and the other party. Using a buyer's agent A homebuyer should consider a few key factors before soliciting the help … [Read more...] about Angie’s List: Do I need a real estate agent?
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WINDSOR, England — Prince Harry and best man Prince William arrived in formal military dress Saturday at Windsor Castle for Harry’s wedding to American actress Meghan Markle, joining thousands of well-plumed guests invited to St. George’s Chapel to celebrate the trans-Atlantic union. A host of celebrities and athletes — including Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, Elton John, George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, James Corden and David and Victoria Beckham — were among those who arrived in the bright sunshine at Windsor for the ceremony being avidly watched in Britain and around the world. Prior to the festivities, Queen Elizabeth II honored her red-headed, 33-year-old grandson with a new title: the Duke of Sussex. That means that Markle will become the Duchess of Sussex when she says “I will.” The wedding is a global event, thanks to Harry’s status as a senior British royal and Markle’s celebrity after starring on the U.S. television … [Read more...] about Princes Harry, best man William arrive for royal wedding
Baltimore's arcane system of ground rents, widely viewed as a harmless vestige of colonial law, is increasingly being used by some investors to seize homes or extract large fees from people who often are ignorant of the loosely regulated process, an investigation by The Sun has found. Tens of thousands of Baltimore homeowners must pay rent twice a year on the land under their houses. If they fall behind on the payments, the ground rent holders can sue to seize the houses-- and have done so nearly 4,000 times in the past six years, sometimes over back rent as little as $24, The Sun found. More than half of the ground rent suits filed in the past six years were brought by entities associated with four groups of individuals and families, court records show. Most ground rent holders insist that home ownership is rarely put in peril. But Baltimore judges awarded houses to ground rent holders at least 521 times between 2000 and the end of March 2006, The Sun found, analyzing court computer … [Read more...] about On shaky ground
Vera Artis would seem to be a perfect fit for the state program created decades ago to ease the property tax burden on homeowners with modest incomes.She has no major assets beyond the tidy East Baltimore townhouse that she and her husband, now deceased, bought in the 1980s. Social Security and a pension bring in just $16,000 a year. "Money," she says, "is tight."And in fact, based on her income, the state would have picked up more than half of her $1,280 property tax bill this year — if only she had known to apply for the help.The subsidy that Artis, 61, is missing out on is called the Homeowners' Property Tax Credit, not to be confused with the Homestead Property Tax Credit open to all homeowners regardless of wealth.To qualify for the homeowners' credit, applicants cannot have household income over $60,000 or assets of $200,000 or more, excluding their primary residence and retirement savings. In some cases, the credit can wipe out a homeowner's entire annual property tax … [Read more...] about Many don’t know about tax break for lower-income homeowners
WASHINGTON — The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California’s medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his fingers into the woman’s vagina and exposed his erect penis. The second time, the board claimed, he told a patient that he couldn’t stop staring at her breasts and recounted a dream in which he performed oral sex on her in the office. The third time, the board charged, he told a pregnant patient suffering from vaginal bleeding that she shouldn’t shave her pubic hair before her next visit, as he was getting too excited. These episodes led to disciplinary actions by the state’s medical board in 2012 and in 2016. Bianchi agreed not contest the charges, and he held onto his medical license. Under a settlement with California’s medical board, he agreed to seek therapy and refrain from treating women during five years of probation. Bianchi did not respond to telephone … [Read more...] about AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse