Neighborhood Link Announces Premium Websites

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Here are a couple of great examples of premium websites:

Country Club Historic - This group has a mixture of public and private sections.
Adams Street HOA- This group has all of the sections viewable by members only.

The cost for a premium website is $12 per month or $120 for a year.

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Featured Community: W 46th Street BA, Manhattan, NY

For many years, the West 46th Street Block Association in Manhattan, NY fought the scourge of prostitution and drug dealing, which came to dominate the streets at night.

In addition, buildings were being neglected and abandoned, and some landlords began forcing people out of their homes. The deteriorating environment led to the creation of the block association.

The Block Association serves to organize and coordinate activities for the improvement of their community, encourage involvement in beautification efforts, act as a liaison between residents and city government and disseminate information.

Among their ongoing projects is the maintenance of May Mathews Playground, sanitation and safety issues, and a booth at the 9th Avenue International Food Festival.

Read More About: The West 46th Street Block Association

FHA Loan Requirements Are Changing

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FHA Loan Requirements Are Changing

FHA reform is changing the rules for securing an FHA-insured mortgage loan, but FHA loans still provide the best opportunity for those who don’t meet the requirements of a traditional home loan.

By now we're all pretty used to reform. We've seen health care reform, credit card reform, financial reform—all within the past year or so.

So it should come with little surprise that mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are now facing reform as well. Early this summer, the House of Representatives passed the FHA Reform Act, which is also expected to pass the Senate. The reform comes as a result of the high number of mortgage defaults seen in the past few years, which has reduced the reserves of the FHA below legal limits. To rectify this, several changes are in the works.

What is an FHA-insured mortgage loan?
The FHA does not make home loans. The administration simply insures mortgage lenders against the possibility of default on a loan. The FHA program is mainly targeted towards first-time home buyers who might not otherwise qualify for a traditional home loan because of the high down payment and credit score requirements. (Whenever a borrower has less than a 20 percent down payment, lenders require mortgage insurance.) Currently the FHA insures nearly one-third of all new mortgages—up from just four percent in 2006.

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McGruff the Crime Dog's 30th Anniversary 1980 - 2010

Happy 30th Birthday to McGruff the Crime Dog

The first public education program in the country on crime prevention, the campaign has inspired and directed millions of citizens to take action, individually and collectively, to reduce crime and improve the quality of life throughout the nation. - Senator Arlen Specter, 2005

In the late 1970s, most people felt there was nothing they could do about crime in their neighborhoods. However, after 30 years of McGruff people know that becoming active in the neighborhood and community can help prevent crime.

The first three public service ads starred the as yet unnamed dog, and a "Name the Dog" contest was announced in early 1980. A crime prevention officer from the New Orleans Police Department won the contest, and the public embraced McGruff the Crime Dog July 1st 1980.

Read More About: McGruff the Crime Dog and How to Start a Neighborhood Watch

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Creative Strategies for Selling Your Home

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Selling Your Home? Try These Creative Strategies

Gone are the days when all it took to sell a house was a “for sale” sign in the front yard. Here are five creative strategies to help your home go from “for sale” to “sold.”

We all know the housing market is tough these days. Foreclosures are up, home values are down. So how do you make your house stand out in the crowd and sell quickly?

Whether you have a real estate broker or are selling your home on your own, these creative selling strategies could help you make that sale.

Reinvent the open house
We’re all familiar with the traditional open house and, if you’ve been to a few, they all tend to blur together. To make your open house stand out, try throwing a lively party that offers wine, catered hors d’oeuvres, live music and prizes. Use the opportunity to show your home full of life, the way it will be for those who will eventually be living in it.

Throwing an open house party also enables you to show off the best features of your home. Have a quartet playing in your living room that showcases your fabulous view. Hire a chef to prepare hors d’oeuvres in your gourmet kitchen. Throw a BBQ out on your large deck.

As with any open house, just be sure you aren’t there when it happens. And if you are doing for sale by owner, you can still throw a party. Invite everyone you know and ask them to bring a friend to spread the word. Have a trusted friend or family member serve as host to the party.

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