Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Homeless Man Who Used Last $20 to Help Stranded Woman Has Just Bought His Own Home



Johnny Bobbitt Jr. made headlines last month after he used his last $20 to help Kate McClure during her time of need. Now, several weeks later, strangers from all over the world have ensured that he is properly repaid for his kindness.


McClure’s car had ran out of gas on the outskirts of Philadelphia when Johnny approached her and told her to wait in her vehicle, lock the doors, and wait for him to return.


The homeless veteran of the Marine Corps later returned with a gas can that he had bought with the last of his money.


Shocked by the stranger’s kindness, McClure set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Johnny.


The campaign went viral and ended up accumulating over $400,000.


As donations soared, Johnny asked McClure to end the campaign because “other people needed the money” – but after the page was down for 12 minutes, they received an outpouring of messages from people insisting that they still wanted to give their money to Johnny.


Now, in order to ensure that Johnny will never have to worry about money again, the donations are being managed by a lawyer and financial advisor who have already set up two trust funds in his name. One of the funds will be for giving Johnny a yearly “salary” that will take care of his daily living expenses. The other will act as a retirement fund for his future.


Johnny just bought a new home, and he says that he also plans on treating himself to his dream car: a used 1999 Ford Ranger.


Finally, he plans on donating to several organizations and individuals who have helped to look after him over the years.


Johnny posted a thank you note to the donors on the GoFundMe page, saying:


“Sorry for the lack of updates but I’ve been pretty busy the last few days as you can imagine (Kate taught me about emojis this week). Just wanted to let you all know that thanks to all of you and with the help of Kate and Mark I was able to purchase MY NEW HOME yesterday! The feeling is indescribable and it all thanks to the support and generosity that each and every one of you has shown. I’ll continue to thank you every single day for the rest of my life.”


Source: Homeless Man Who Used Last $20 to Help Stranded Woman Has Just Bought His Own Home



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

What do today's homebuyers want in their real estate agents?



Helpfulness ranks No. 1

Today’s home buyers primarily want their real estate agents to be helpful, according to a new study from Open Listings. The study, which looked at the volume of certain keywords across five-star agent reviews on its proprietary platform, found “helpful” appeared the most out of all terms tracked.


Source: What do today’s homebuyers want in their real estate agents? | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy : The Mortgage Reports



Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This Is How Fast a Home Sells Today.



The median time on market is shockingly shorter than it was five years ago, according to new NAR data.


Source: This Is How Fast a Home Sells Today



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Eco-friendly modular home is built from upcycled agricultural waste.




Copenhagen-based firm Een Til Een has developed a modular home out of materials upcycled from agricultural waste to create an eco-friendly building with a minimal carbon footprint.


Located in Middelfart, Denmark, and called the “Biological House,” the project was built from recovered grass, straw, seagrass, and other natural “leftovers” that otherwise would have been burned and which were instead processed into raw construction materials.


Tomato stems and wood chips, for example, were turned into composite boards, which were then used to build the house. Collaborating with another local architectural practice GXN, Een Til Een used digital production technology to design an adaptable structure that can be quickly assembled and just as easily disassembled—which is why it was built on screw piles instead of a traditional concrete foundation.


Developed in collaboration with a number of other companies including Deloitte and Teknologisk Institut, Biological House was made possible with support from the Danish Ministry of the Environment Fund for Ecological Construction.





Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Best Tech for People Who Appreciate Practical Gifts



All I want for Christmas is you and a sensible solution to a problem that’s been bringing down my quality of life in a subtle yet undeniable way.


Source: The Best Tech for People Who Appreciate Practical Gifts



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Charity Navigator - Your Guide To Intelligent Giving



America’s largest independent charity evaluator, provides free ratings of the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of thousands of charities. We are the individual donor’s first source for unbiased news and information on philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, wise giving, donating money, charitable donations, and charity ratings.


Source: Charity Navigator – Your Guide To Intelligent Giving | Home



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Complete Guide to Building a House.



Is is cheaper to buy or build a house? Which option will give you what you want, at a price you can afford? This complete guide to building a house will help you answer that question and get the most home for your money.


Source: Complete guide to building a house | Mortgage Rates, Mortgage News and Strategy : The Mortgage Reports



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Funny video about the big banks, must watch.



Big banks only offer their own products, have little flexibility to serve their clients and don’t have as many choices as Us, an Independent Direct Mortgage Lender.