• February 21, 2017

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Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water?

(BPT) - We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell. It’s easy to forget about how powerfully destructive water can be. In fact, nine out of 10 natural disasters include flood, making it the number one disaster in the United States according to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). However, only 15 percent of homeowners have flood insurance. From 2006 to 2015, total flood claims cost more than $1.9 billion per year and the average claim was more than $46,000 during that time.

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Thursday 02/16/2017
Buying a Home? What to Know about Down Payments
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) If you're in the market to buy a home, your down payment is probably top of mind. However, it’s important to understand all your options, particularly if you’ve heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't pursue homeownership unless you can put 20 percent down.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows
Updated: February 16, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here’s a hint: step outside.

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Tuesday 02/07/2017
Light solutions: What to do when your house feels like a cave
Updated: February 15, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like.

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Monday 02/06/2017
4 bathroom design trends that marry luxury, beauty and sensibility
Updated: February 14, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you’re ready to create the bathroom of your dreams, it’s no time to chase fads. You want design trends with enduring appeal, concepts that blend luxury, beauty, sensibility and eco-friendliness. Striking the perfect balance between indulgence and practicality can result in a bathroom where you’ll happily spend time getting ready to face the world or decompressing after a busy day.

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Monday 01/30/2017
What you should know about rising interest rates
Updated: February 07, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it can cost borrowers a great deal of money and time.

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Wednesday 01/25/2017
Six factors driving the cost of your new HVAC system
Updated: February 02, 2017 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - More than half of homes in the U.S were built before 1980, according to U.S. Census figures. With most home heating and ventilation systems lasting around 20 years, millions of American homeowners will be looking at replacing their HVAC systems this year. If you’ll be among them, understanding the factors that influence the cost of a system could help save you money in the long run.

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Tuesday 01/24/2017
Where to find rebates, tax credits and rewards for energy-efficient home improvements
Updated: February 01, 2017 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re planning to make some home improvements this year, you’re probably thinking about energy-efficient options, knowing they can save you money in the long run. However, many eco-friendly home improvements that help lower your energy bills can also pay off right away in the form of rebates and tax credits.

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Tuesday 01/17/2017
4 hot bathroom design trends that don't have to cost a bundle
Updated: January 25, 2017 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Coffee bars, TVs in mirrors, smart toilets and pet-friendly amenities — a growing number of homeowners are requesting such upscale features in their bathroom design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Is it any wonder that association members report the average cost of remodeling a bath is between $10,000 and $30,000? However, you don’t have to spend that much to update your bathroom stylishly and easily.

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CTC Foundation accepting scholarship applications
Posted: February 21, 2017

The Central Texas College Foundation is accepting applications online for scholarships to be awarded for the fall and spring 2018 semesters. Students can apply online through March 31. The scholarships will be awarded near the end of this spring semester.

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Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood
Posted: February 21, 2017

AUSTIN — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can’t cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider.

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