$1 Homes – This one stuck home since my Grandparents lived in Buffalo when these homes were new.

Pictured is the home Mike Puma bought for $1 in Buffalo, before repairs began. (Mike Puma)

Like many cities, Buffalo, New York, is facing a glut of abandoned homes and lots. There are roughly 16,000 vacant lots and 4,500 vacant homes throughout the city.

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1. They’re calling it the Urban Homestead Program. The program requires that residents have the ability to make necessary repairs, and commit to living in the home for at least three years.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to Mike Puma, who bought one of the homes and is fixing it up.

Listen below:

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“Dinner Lady Yo!” Amazing Anti-Bullying Performance By BAM

BAM2Why is it the only rap song you can understand the words to comes from another country?  Anyway, these two boys are masters in the lemons to lemonade game.

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7418 Westrock Dr. – For Lease

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America needs this NOW!!!

Invented in 2006 and this is the first I’ve heard of it?


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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to Lead HUD

Julian Castro

WASHINGTON — President Obama intends to choose Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio as the secretary of housing and urban development in a cabinet reshuffling, according to Democrats informed about the plans.

Mr. Castro, who has often been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats, would take the place of Shaun Donovan, who would move to head the Office of Management and Budget. That job is being vacated by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whom Mr. Obama has nominated as secretary of health and human services.

The White House refused to comment. But the president’s move to elevate a high-profile Hispanic official to his cabinet comes as his attempt to push an immigration overhaul through Congress appears to be stymied and as he considers easing the number of deportations of illegal immigrants.

Mr. Castro, 39, won national attention as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and he and his twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, have become popular speakers on the party’s fund-raising circuit.

Mr. Obama approached Mr. Castro after the 2012 election about serving as transportation secretary, but Mr. Castro indicated that he preferred to stay in San Antonio.

Mr. Castro’s decision to join the administration comes amid speculation that he would like to be considered for vice president in 2016. The thinking among many Democrats is that by taking an executive position in Washington, he would bolster his resume after serving as mayor of the nation’s seventh-largest city since 2009.

The San Antonio Express-News first reported that the Mr. Castro had been offered a cabinet post, but did not say which position it was.

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Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale

Remodeling and Home Design
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Great Resource for Home Buyers


Texas Financial Toolbox

The Texas Financial Toolbox, created by the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation, gives you an easy way to find the tools you need to achieve your financial and home ownership goals. Connect with an organization that can help you manage your finances, purchase or repair a home, or prevent a home foreclosure.

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White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard

White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard

More than one million thermostats sold in the United States and Canada since 2006 are being recalled because the batteries can leak and cause a fire.

The thermostats are made by White-Rodgers, but some have different brand names printed on the front, including ComfortSentry, DICO, Emerson, Frigidaire, Maytag, Nutone, Partners Choice, Rheem, Ruud, Unico, Water Furnace, Westinghouse and Zonefirst.

Hazard: The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Consumers should check thermostats for battery icon on the left side of the blue lighted screen, if the battery icon is not shown, contact White-Rodgers to receive a free repair or a replacement thermostat.

Consumer Contact: White-Rodgers toll-free at (888) 624-1901 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or click here.

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Texas Quarterly Housing Report

Covering 2014-Q1
Release date: May 1, 2014

About the Texas Quarterly Housing Report

The Texas Quarterly Housing Report is compiled by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University using statistics from multiple listing services in nearly 5 0 markets throughout Texas. The report includes data for single-family home sales over the course of one quarter and is scheduled for release by the Texas Association of REALTORS® on the following dates each year (or the next business day): Feb. 3, May 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1.

San Antonio Only

Full Report


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Six ways the location of your house will impact your life

If faced with a tradeoff between a nicer home or a better location, which would you choose? Before you answer, consider these ways location affects the way you live:

How long are you willing to sit in your car?
You might be able to buy a bigger, nicer home by adding 20 minutes each way to your daily commute, but understand that you’ll be spending 14 additional hours behind the wheel every month. Don’t forget the additional gas and maintenance costs, too.

How frequently do you want to engage in your favorite activities?
Whether your most-cherished pastime is shopping, playing tennis, hanging out with friends, or taking your dog to the park, you’re likely to do more of it when you have easy access.

Ready to keep up with your neighbors?
Moving to a neighborhood means buying into a lifestyle. You’re not required to keep up with the Joneses, but it’s difficult to suppress your consumer instincts when the people next door drive better cars, take nicer vacations, and purchase the latest high-end appliances.

Speaking of neighbors …
Do you enjoy constant interaction with people, or do you like a bit more privacy? Your preference might point you toward a high-rise condo, a ranch, or something in between.

Do nearby schools make the grade?
If you have school-age kids (or plan to), you’ll want them to attend good schools. Even if you don’t have kids, the quality of nearby schools can affect property values.

What’s with that noise/smell/view?
Vehicle or air traffic may not bother you in the least. Or it may drive you nuts. Same goes for other nearby sensory stimuli. Make sure you know what you can easily tolerate and what you want to avoid at all costs.

You may also want to access neighborhood safety, access to public transportation, and other aspects of location. A Texas REALTOR® can help you find a home based on the criteria important to you, so you not only wind up in a nice house but in a good location, too.

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