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California Home Insurance Premiums average $826

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(Best Syndication News) - According to an a report by, the California homeowner paid on average $826 in annual home insurance premiums in the month of February 2011, which was an increase of 2.2 percent from the previous month. In January 2011, the average annual home insurance premium in California was $808.00.

The home insurance premiums have been on an upward climb over the last year of 2010. In October of 2010, the annual average was $749 for home insurance premium rates in California. The national average for home insurance premiums for the month of February 2011 was $710.

What causes the home insurance premiums to cost what they do? There are several factors the insurance company will use when quoting premium rates. According to the Insurance Information Institute, there are seven common factors insurance companies use when determining premium prices.

Obama Housing Scorecard report for April is mixed


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(Best Syndication News) - Today, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) along with the US Department of Treasury released, released the Obama Administration Housing Scorecard for the month of April. Government officials said April’s numbers show a fragile housing market. The government foreclosure-preventions programs are still helping tens of thousands homeowners. While other signs shows the economy is recovering, there is still a tough housing market. HUD Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic said there was mixed signals in the housing market for the month of April.

The Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) is still assisting struggling homeowners. Since HAMP began in April 2009, there were 4.5 million home loan modifications initiated by the end of March 2011. There were 1.5 million trial modifications with the HAMP program. Over 808,000 FHA loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions occurred during this time. The remaining modifications came from almost 2.2 million proprietary modifications under HOPE Now program.

2011 HGTV Green Home Giveaway enter online now through June 2 for a chance to win sweepstakes

2011 HGTV Green Home Giveaway enter online now through June 2 for a chance to win sweepstakes

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(Best Syndication News) - HGTV has begun a new sweepstakes for a '2011 HGTV Green Home Giveaway'. This house has been designed to be eco-friendly and energy efficient and is located in the Stapleton community in Denver, Colorado. The decor and interiors reflect the green living ideal, as well as the exterior of the home. In addition to winning a new home, you can also win a 2011 GMC Terrain vehicle, and $100,000 in cash. You can enter the HGTV Green Home Giveaway sweepstakes twice per day, once each on their two websites, now through June 2, 2011.

The home was built where the old Stapleton Airport was located. They used concrete pieces of the old airport in their landscaping and also with the fencing. They have layered the landscaping to make it interesting. The landscaping uses zeroscaping which is plants that use little water and are native to the area. Out front there is a outdoor patio living space with a decorative fire pit. The outdoor furniture is made with recycled materials. There is also another backyard patio area that has a dining table along with a built in grill. You won't have to mow the backyard grass, because it is artificial turf.

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(Best Syndication News) Fewer new homes were sold in 2010 compared to 2009, according to data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On a seasonally adjusted annual basis, there were 329,000 new homes sold in December 2010.

They report that in 2010 there were 321,000 new homes sold total. Compare that to 2009 when 375,000 new homes were sold. That is a decline of 14.4 percent.

The median price of new homes sold in the U.S. was $241,500 in December. The median price for new and existing homes was $291,400. They report that at the end of the year there were 190,000 new homes for sale. That is a 6.9 month supply at the current sales rate.

Free Tax Preparation Services Including H&R Block

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(Best Syndication News) The H&R Block (HRB) company is offering free tax filing for customers who need to use the 1040EZ form. The IRS estimates that 16 percent of Americans can use this simple fling form.

Their special promotion ends February 15th. The company, which is ranked 1461 in the Forbes Global 2000 list, hopes to develop new customers by providing this free service. Customers may wander into the office seeking an EZ filing but find out they need a more complex form.

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