| Jul 11, 2011
| 7:42 AM
As of this month, Florida requires home inspectors to be licensed. The new regulations also require inspectors to complete ongoing education courses and to undergo background checks, measures intended to better protect consumers.
In response to my recent...
| May 6, 2011
Mice, mold and leaking bathtubs are among the last discoveries homebuyers want to make after moving into a new home. But that's exactly what a client of Oakland, Calif.-based financial planner Cathy Curtis found shortly after closing.
"The first week she...
| Nov 11, 2010
Jeff and Maureen Learned always knew they wanted a large family. So it was a blow when they struggled to conceive after the birth of their first daughter, Shanna.
The couple, who recently moved to Burbank after living in La Crescenta for years, went...
| Oct 21, 2010
| 6:03 PM
Fireworks erupted at the conclusion of the final forum in the 2010 City Council race when Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman castigated Emanuel Patrascu for a quote by him on an election flier, which she said was a lie. Iseman was referring to a flier for which...
| Aug 6, 2010
From Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida: Meet Wiggles, who earned her name because she shakes from head to toe when she is happy. The 1-year-old female is mostly Lab but has a little golden retriever. SheÂ has a “happy tail,” her foster mom....
| Jul 29, 2010
| 6:57 PM
Even before Gov. Pat Quinn signed landmark nursing home safety reforms into law Thursday in a room packed with senior citizens, top state officials have been working behind the scenes to implement many provisions of the new legislation aimed at ending...
| Jul 22, 2010
From Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida: Susie is friendly female black Lab, not 2 years old yet. She gave birth to puppies under a shed because she needed shelter from rainy cold weather. She and the pups ended up in a shelter thatÂ was filled to...
| Jun 26, 2010
On an afternoon in late May, Chicago real estate agent Gary Lucido, president of Lucid Realty, glanced at the chicagohousingstats.com website. Among the stats grabbing his attention was one showing Chicago-area home prices had fallen 27.3 percent from...
| Jun 21, 2010
| 8:14 AM
Occupational licenses issued recently by county and municipal governments in Central Florida.
Wanda Williams, manufacturing representative, 111 Chisholm St., Apopka, 32703.
Eastern Wine I Planet LLC, wholesale, 2172 Platinum Road, Suite I,...
| Jun 19, 2010
One way to help an ailing housing market regain its health is to clear the books of foreclosures. Buying foreclosed properties can help mitigate this sad chapter and turn to a promising new one by ensuring a neighborhood maintains its value and property...
| Jun 19, 2010
TV was once flooded with shows about finding an inexpensive property and turning it into a dream home or "flipping" it for a profit with just a little work here and there.
For those who are hoping to find such an opportunity with the growing number of...