How Much Tougher is It to Get Approved for a Mortgage?

March 20, 2014

A raft of new mortgage lending rules that went into effect this year change the way consumers borrow and pay back home loans. Designed to put behind us the irresponsible lending that disrupted the housing market and badly damaged the U.S. economy, the changes are designed to protect you from bad mortgage lenders and set […]

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Win An iPad! No, Really!

March 11, 2014

It’s once again that time when people all over the country stop doing what they are doing and feverishly consider their picks for the NCAA Basketball Tournaments so they can enter the TWELFTH Annual Big Johnson COED College Basketball Tournament Classic, sponsored by yours truly, on ESPN. Yes, it’s 100% FREE! Here’s your chance to Stick It To The Man – yet again! A new Apple iPad Mini RETINA DISPLAY (yes, I […]

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Bad-vertising

February 21, 2014

I am planning a series of posts about stupid photos taken by real estate agents and actually posted to their local MLS, supposedly in furtherance of their intention to sell a home. I know they were taken by agents because professional photographers certainly wouldn’t allow such trash to sully their equipment. I’m not the only […]

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Removing Wallpaper

February 19, 2014

I don’t know about you, but as Harry Homeowner* I have hung – and removed – all the wallpaper I ever will. I’m over it. I don’t care if it’s “coming back” in style or not – it’s never coming back in my house. That said, there is still wallpaper in my house to be […]

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Fun in Ocean City

February 19, 2014

So, a whole week in Ocean City! Sun, sand, surf . . . uh, no. I’m helping Ken from KitchenSaver reface the cabinets. Actually, rebuild them, considering all the extra work being done. And I’m not really helping, just being here to answer questions and sort through the inevitable problems as they arise. For instance, […]

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Kingstowne Wegmans Delayed To 2015

January 22, 2014

According to a report from Washington Business Journal, the planned Alexandria-area Wegmans will not open in 2014, store officials say. They will open as the anchor to the new Hilltop Village Center in 2015, perhaps as soon as the first quarter. They had originally hoped to open by November 2014, but apparently the permitting process took longer than they […]

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More Springfield Town Center Shops/Restaurants On Tap

January 14, 2014

The Washington Business Journal reported today that they have pieced together from permit applications a number of tenants who will be populating the renovated Springfield Town Center when it finally reopens sometime later this year (or early 2015, my personal guess). They include Maggiano’s Little Italy, H&M, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Vans, LA Fitness (also coming to the […]

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