Archives for June 2015

Saying Goodbye to the Dapper Agent: Patrick Macnee of “The Avengers”

Patrick Macnee, the British born actor known as John Steed in the 1960s TV series “The Avengers” died at the age of 93.  Macnee died Thursday of natural causes with his family at this bedside in Rancho Mirage. The spy drama began in Britain in 1961 before coming to the US in 1966 and it […]

Hot Books for Summer – Part II

The newest books available for July are going to be here soon.  Pick your favorite to take on vacation or just to escape at home.  This is the list: A Full Life:  Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter – on sale 7/7 Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella […]

4 Takeaways from Yellen after Fed Decides Not to Raise Rates

Here are 4 takeaways from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s news conference following the Fed’s decision to keep its federal funds rate at or near zero: Stop focusing so much on when the Fed will start raising rates Too much attention is being paid to when the Fed will begin raising its federal funds rate […]

Puppy Paradise: Houston Landmark is Named to List of Top 50 Dog-Friendly Road Trip Destinations

Summer is here and for thousands of Americans it means it’s time to hit the road and take adventures with your family, including your four-legged friends. More than 37 million people kicked off their summer with a Memorial Day trip of at least 50 miles, according to AAA’s estimates, and 88% of them opted to […]

New Mortgage Lending Rules Will Likely Delay Home Closings

Forget the days of 30 day home closings.  New federal regulations taking effect this summer will provide a better home buying experience for consumers, but will likely slow down the closing process for Realtors, mortgage lenders and title companies, according to Mike McFarland, outgoing president of the Houston Mortgage Bankers Association and a senior loan […]

Procrastinator’s Guide to Father’s Day Dining (& Drinking): Choices Beyond Traditional Brunch

While the usual brunch makes for a great way to celebrate Father’s Day, check out these 8 places to grab a bit and/or drink with dad this Sunday. Tasty’cue at Killen’s Barbecue:  Dad won’t be able to get enough of the stellar brisket, beef ribs, pork belly, sausage and more.  Be forwarned:  There’s usually a […]

10 Distinctive New Restaurants That Are Definitely Worth a Try

Several new restaurants have opened across the Houston area.  The time has come to get out and eat now that the storm has passed . . . . at least until the heat becomes so oppressive no one wants to leave home.  So let’s get to it. B&B Butchers and Restaurant:  Locally owned steakhouse on […]

Eye on the Weather

The Fellwock Real Estate Group wants you and your family to stay safe while the weather decides what it is going to do.  Stay tuned to your favorite radio and/or TV channel to get the latest news and updates.  Remember to have things ready in case of evacuation and “Turn around, Don’t drown” is the safest […]

HUD Wants to Require ‘Affordable Housing’ in Wealthy Neighborhoods

Republicans hope to block a proposed federal regulation that would force localities to take additional steps to integrate segregated neighborhoods and bring affordable housing to wealthy areas.  If localities fail to take such actions, they would no longer be eligible for community development block grants and other housing related grants. At issue is the “Affirmatively […]

6 Common Financial Pitfalls

We all make mistakes, and through them, we learn.  But when it comes to finances, it is best not to take the trial-and-error approach.  Avoiding some of the following financial mistakes might save you a great deal of money and heartache. Cashing out a retirement account to pay off loans Substantial income tax penalties can […]

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