Archives for July 2013

Woman wins Lawsuit against Equifax – awarded $18.6 MILLION

US News | Entertainment News | More ABC News Videos One in four credit reports has incorrect information. Is that one, yours? As the woman in the news video, you may not find out until you are trying to buy something – like a home in the Cedar Rapids Area, and your applications gets rejected. But it isn’t just applying for a home mortgage, but your new employer may look at your credit report or insurance company may be looking at your credit report as well. How do you find out what is on your credit report? Get your Credit Report The site for the free once per year credit report is … [Read more...]

Radon is the 2nd Leading Cause of Cancer in the United States

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Real estate agents in Iowa must present prospective homebuyers a fact sheet on radon that homebuyers must receive any data if a home has been tested for radon. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas which is created when the element radium breaks down through radioactive decay. It kills more people by lung cancer than smoking. Think of that ….. radon kills 21,000 people every year. According to a report done by KCRG in 2011, “There are more homes now in need of radon mitigation than there were in the past,” … [Read more...]

Be Cautious during Iowa’s Summer Heat

We all can see it’s HOT in Iowa and we all feel like we SHOULD be used to it by now. But we should be mindful that it IS hot and to take precautions especially when it comes to hot cars! According to the National Weather Service: Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down. Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars. Always lock car doors and trunks -- even at home -- and keep keys out of children's reach. Always make sure all child passengers have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't overlook sleeping … [Read more...]

How to keep Mosquitoes from biting when outside in the Cedar Rapids area

Ah, summer time …. What a great time to spend outdoors in the Cedar Rapids area!! We look forward to this all winter and now that it’s here, we have to share it with MOSQUITOES!!! You need a blood transfusion every time you step outside in the Morning or evening. Should you spray? Splash yourself with Skin so soft, vanilla, absorbine jr., OFF or wear dryer sheets? Are you a mosquito magnet? For such a little insect, it is sure a big and costly problem. What should you do? Remove any and all standing water including drill holes in the bottom of any outside container. Clean and … [Read more...]

What is the most important thing to do before closing?

One of the most overlooked steps into the finalization of buying a home in the Cedar Rapids area is the final walkthrough. It is one of the most important, because once the signed deed is filed, there is no recourse if something has gone wrong between the time the offer is accepted and closing. The home is all yours from that point on and anything not address with the sellers (on the most part) will be a moot point. There has been final walkthroughs where the water heater hasn’t worked and in fact, was leaking. Another walk through had water streaming from the tube through the living room … [Read more...]

Happy 4th of July!!

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