Homeowners have been bitten hard by the remodeling bug. For proof, consider that over 50 percent of those recently polled by Houzz indicated they plan to start or continue home improvement projects in the next 12 months. What's more, Metrostudy reported that its second quarter 2018 Residential Remodeling Index hit an all-time new peak of 114.4, which was 5.2 percent higher than a year earlier. Yet 30 percent of folks surveyed by Harris and LightStream earlier this year said they plan to use plastic to pay for some of their home renovations; keep in mind that some credit cards carry interest rates in the 18 percent-plus range, making them a terrible means of funding a fix-it project if you carry a balance.So, what's a better option? The experts weigh in on these five safer financing choices:• A cash-out refinance.Refinancing your mortgage and taking extra cash out at closing -- money that can be devoted to remodeling dollars -- can be a wise decision, under the right … [Read more...] about Five ways to get home improvement funds
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Brady Dennis and Dino Grandoni, The Washington Post Published 3:11 am PST, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 A "Vote Here" sign stands outside a polling station in Phoenix on Nov. 6, 2018. A "Vote Here" sign stands outside a polling station in Phoenix on Nov. 6, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Caitlin O'Hara Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Caitlin O'Hara Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A "Vote Here" sign stands outside a polling station in Phoenix on Nov. 6, 2018. A "Vote Here" sign stands outside a polling station in Phoenix on Nov. 6, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Caitlin O'Hara Ballot measures taking aim at climate change fall short 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Efforts to nudge the nation away from burning fossil fuels and … [Read more...] about Ballot measures taking aim at climate change fall short
Their sons have been indicted in a mortgage fraud case that extends from Western New York into other states. Now their fathers – two brothers from Rochester who have been central to the Morgan Management empire – are deepening their court fight over money. The company, now known as Grand Atlas Property Management, owns or manages more than 30,000 residential units and a number of commercial buildings and mixed-use structures across more than a dozen states. It does business in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and many other cities. Herbert Morgan, who has been with the company for decades, wants to collect $4.8 million he feels he's owed by brother Robert C. Morgan, the longtime head of the company. Affidavits recently filed in the lawsuit speak of the schism going on in the Morgan family, and to the stress the company was under as federal prosecutors turned up the heat. "On May 31, 2018, following the occurrence of certain developments in connection with the criminal … [Read more...] about After indictments, family clashes continue inside Morgan Management
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Energy & Environment Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByStanley Reed Oct. 8, 2018 LONDON — The good times are back. Or are they? The money is rolling in once again for the international oil giants after a grim period of budget cuts and job reductions following the plunge in oil prices in 2014. The profitability of major oil companies now approaches or, by some measures, exceeds the levels before the crash. For eight of the world’s largest oil companies including, ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and Royal Dutch Shell, combined free cash flow, a measure that tracks the money going in and out of company coffers, was $30.9 billion in 2017 — far higher than the $3.8 billion recorded in 2014, when oil prices were far higher, according to Bernstein Research. That was after paying a rich $46 billion in dividends to … [Read more...] about The Oil Industry Is Enjoying a Boom, but Will it Last?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Energy & Environment Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByClifford Krauss Oct. 1, 2018 LAKE CHARLES, La. — The Calcasieu River ship channel is a fisherman’s paradise for speckled trout. It is also a vital thoroughfare for Venezuelan oil. Tankers with Venezuelan crude sail up to the Citgo refinery, while tankers carrying fuels processed in the refinery head down to the Gulf of Mexico for delivery to gas stations in Venezuela. That two-way traffic makes the refinery a lifeline for the besieged Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro — a role now in jeopardy. As a subsidiary of the government-controlled oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, Citgo has been mortgaged to raise money. The production of the parent company, known as Pdvsa, has been hard hit by the country’s turmoil. It is … [Read more...] about Venezuela’s Crisis Imperils Citgo, Its American ‘Cash Cow’