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IS THERE A TIME OF YEAR THAT TERMITES ARE MORE ACTIVE?

“When is termite season?” sometimes you hear people ask, or wonder yourself. The answer is there is no set time for a “termite season” to begin or end because termites are active all year round. But there is a time of the year that termites are more visible, some might call it “termite swarming season” which can generally coincides with baseball season (March to November). It really depends on the climate. Termites are insects and like most insects they are more active in […]

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT A NOTARY PUBLIC CAN DO?

Have you ever wondered what a “Notary Public” can do? Most of us have had at least one experience with a “notary” as they are sometimes referred to, but only in a limited capacity. Whatever experience you’ve had with a notary it was probably brief and you just did it because someone told you something needed to be notarized. So, just in case you have ever wondered what else a notary can do, here is some general information. Notaries public, who are typically […]

LOOKS LIKE 2016 WILL BE A GOOD YEAR TO BUY A HOME

If you’ve been thinking about buying a new home this could be the year to do it. Mortgages have been showing signs of rising and there have been a lot of warnings that they will continue to rise. But even though they’re likely to start going up, you haven’t missed your chance to get a deal on a house. If you’ve been looking at Zillow you have seen the constant rise in home prices. Even though prices are still rising […]

DON’T GET AUDITED BY THE IRS, LOOK OUT FOR THESE “RED FLAGS”

Because of ongoing budget cuts, the chances are low that you will get audited. But why put yourself at risk at all? There are some “red flags” that will catch the ever watching eye of the IRS. Making sure you aren’t raising any of these flags will greatly improve your chances of “not” being audited by the IRS. So here are some things to be aware of. Report all of your income. Wages from most jobs are reported on W-2 forms, while any interest, dividends and […]

NFL BACK TO LOS ANGELES AFTER 21 YEARS

It’s official, the NFL is coming back to Angeles after a 21 year absence. NFL owners voted to let the Rams football team relocate to the Los Angeles area. The ambitious plan calls for the Rams to move from St. Louis to the site of the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood, California, about 10 miles from downtown L.A. The Chargers have a yearlong option to join the Rams, followed by the Raiders if the San Diego franchise declines. The Raiders and […]

CABLE AIRPORT, IF YOU’RE INTO FLYING, CHECK IT OUT

Not too many people realize that Cable airport in Upland California is the largest privately owned airport open to the public. In 1945 Dewey and Maude Cable started Cable airport which is now owned and operated by their children and grandchildren. By convincing the owner of 80 acres north of Foothill Blvd between Upland and Claremont to sell for $8,500 Dewey Cable was able to begin his dream of owning his own airport. During the years after 1945 even though still under construction […]

SOME BASIC TAX INFO FOR THE 2015 TAX YEAR

It’s that time of year again. Now that the holidays are behind us it’s time to get ready for the first hurdle of the year, filing your taxes. While most of us aren’t completely familiar with the tax laws (few are) it’s probably a good idea to be aware of some of the basics. Tax gifting limits: IRS has raised the limit in 2015 on tax-free transfers at death or during life, known as the basic exclusion. The max gifting […]

ONTARIO REIGN HOCKEY GAMES ARE BECOMING MORE POPULAR EACH YEAR

The Inland Empires “Ontario Reign” are quickly becoming one of the most popular sports teams in the region. Most people weren’t even aware of the teams existence for the first couple of seasons. Here’s a little information on what it’s all about. On February 26, 2008, the ECHL announced that the former Texas Wildcatters membership would be transferred to Ontario.  After receiving numerous entries in a “Name the Team” contest, Mike Brewster of Fontana’s entry, the Ontario Reign, was selected […]

WATCH OUT FOR THESE COMMON REAL ESTATE SCAMS

Phony Seminars This is a big scam that seems legitimate and usually starts with free tickets and a gift for attending, all at no cost to you. Sounds too good to be true, and usually is. The free gift usually turns out to be only for those who purchase tickets to more seminars. They make the additional seminars sound amazing but they usually turn out to be full of useless information. By the time you figure out that you’re not […]

WHAT DOES A HOME INSPECTION PROVIDE?

Anyone who has ever purchased or sold a house has probably heard of home inspections. Although not required, a home inspection is often a good idea for primarily the buyer, but it can also prove beneficial to the seller. But what is a home inspection, what does it consist of? A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a […]