Scammers can target victims through any device connected to the internet, and your TV is no exception. The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas has seen an influx of reports about scammers catching people off guard with pop-ups on their smart televisions. Their objective is to steal your personal information and money, and they could potentially gain access to your home network. The scam follows a similar pattern. You open a familiar streaming service on your smart TV. However, you can’t log in. Instead, a pop-up appears, telling you there is a problem with your device or your streaming subscription. You need to call a phone number or visit a website to fix it. In some cases, if you call the number, scammers pretend to be customer service representatives. They will insist you pay an activation fee or allow them remote access to your smart TV. These con artists will get your credit or debit card number if you pay the fee. If you give them access to your device … [Read more...] about BBB on Homes: Use these smart tips to avoid TV scams
GHBA Remodelers Council: Making decisions when remodeling an older home
The attraction of buying and living in an older home that has features from a particular era is hard for some to resist. If you have purchased an older home and love its character, you may have to make decisions on whether and how it should be restored or remodeled. Older homes often come with challenges such as structural issues, water damage, plumbing and electrical issues. These issues should be addressed first before remodeling. Discuss your budget and options with your remodeler to help decide whether to preserve and match the style of the home or rip out and update. Custom-designed and built cabinetry is the preferred option to be explored when renovating an older home. While it seems as though stock cabinets may be easier on the budget, having your cabinets created and built will give your home a more authentic look and offer a wider variety of door styles, finishes and size options. The cabinets will be measured, designed and crafted using the unique specifications of … [Read more...] about GHBA Remodelers Council: Making decisions when remodeling an older home
Realtor View: What options do you have during a home search?
Buying or selling a home can become complicated in this already high-pressure market. Even other expensive items like cars or boats don’t present you with the level of complexity you will experience during most home sales. One part of the contract that’s designed to help make the process easier is the option period. The option provision is contained in all Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) residential contracts. On the new-home and resale contracts, it’s called the termination option; it’s in paragraph 23. Buyers pay for chance to say ‘no thanks’ During the option period, a buyer may terminate the contract for any reason and get his earnest money back. Most buyers use the option period to evaluate the condition of the property and otherwise determine if they want to proceed with the transaction, but that first point is worth repeating: It doesn’t matter what the buyer’s grounds are for terminating the contract. In fact, he doesn’t even have to give a reason as long as he … [Read more...] about Realtor View: What options do you have during a home search?
Realtor Profile: Meet Annie Boland with Greenwood King Properties
For this Realtor Profile, meet Annie Boland with Greenwood King Properties, who recently shared these insights. Q: What is your background? A: I was born in Houston and lived my entire life in the Memorial area, attending Memorial High School. After earning a bachelor’s degree in fine art and communications at college, I moved to Atlanta. I am so excited to be back in Houston and putting my 19 years of real estate experience to work right here in the very area I grew up in. Q: Why did you decide on a career in real estate and what are some things you enjoy about it? What were your inspirations (or who)? A : I’ve always loved real estate; when I was a child I used to draw floor plans rather than pretty flowers! I even thought about studying architecture in college. Prior to real estate my corporate careers included promotions at a top radio station, followed by working in sales and marketing capacities in the cable television field. For the past three years I’ve been … [Read more...] about Realtor Profile: Meet Annie Boland with Greenwood King Properties
March Madness: FAU, UConn through to Final Four; who’s next?
By The Associated Press March Madness is wrapping up the Elite Eight, and No. 1 seeds are nowhere to be found. Instead, Florida Atlantic became the lowest-ever seed to make the Final Four after beating Kansas State. And UConn’s back in the Final Four for the first time in nine years. There’ve been millions of busted brackets — and more games to come. Here is what to know: GAMES TO WATCH No. 5 San Diego State (30-6) vs. No. 6 Creighton (24-12), Sunday, 2:20 p.m. (CBS) A first trip to the Final Four awaits the winner of the South Region, and both used defense to secure their spot. The Aztecs stifled top-seeded Alabama’s All-American freshman Brandon Miller, blocked eight shots and forced 14 turnovers in a 71-64 victory. The Bluejays took out Princeton with a combination of 3-point shooting and a swarming second-half defense. Darrion Trammell sparked a go-ahead 12-0 run for San Diego State in the second half and the Aztecs hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute to finish … [Read more...] about March Madness: FAU, UConn through to Final Four; who’s next?
March Madness: Sunday, Monday to figure out Final Four
By The Associated Press March Madness has reached the Elite Eight! And unlike in the men’s bracket, two No. 1 seeds are still playing in the women’s bracket. Perennial contender UConn saw its streak of 14 straight Final Fours end, but there’s plenty of intrigue and sharpshooters left in the tourney. Here is what to know: GAMES TO WATCH No. 3 LSU (31-2) vs. No. 9 Miami, Sunday, 7 p.m. (ESPN) The resurgent Tigers under Kim Mulkey showed they are far more than first-team All-America Angel Reese, and they’ll face a Miami team that apparently finds no valley too deep to escape. Reece fouled out, but Alexis Morris hit four free throws in the last 10 seconds to bring the Tigers to the brink of their first Final Four in 15 years. LaDazDazhia Williams took advantage of the attention paid to Reese with a season-high 24 points for LSU and Reese had 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Hurricanes — Cardiac ‘Canes so far in the tournament — have never been to the Elite Eight, but earned their … [Read more...] about March Madness: Sunday, Monday to figure out Final Four
Report: Texas fails to hold repeat polluters accountable for unexpected emissions
More than 21,000 unexpected pollution releases by Texas companies have released over 400,000 tons of air pollution in Texas from 2016 to 2022, and companies in less than 1% of these cases have been forced by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to find the root cause and take preventive action, according to a new report . The report by the Environmental Integrity Project, dubbed the “The Polluter’s Playbook — How Loopholes and Lax Enforcement Harm Air Quality in Texas,” claims that the TCEQ has not been doing enough to hold companies accountable for unexpected pollution releases. The study focused on pollution that is unexpectedly released during an accident, a facility shutdown or startup or during maintenance. Such emissions are separate from what companies are allowed to release under their TCEQ permits. The report found that only 119 out of 21,769 unplanned emissions events were designated “excessive” by the TCEQ. Tagging an event as “excessive” means that … [Read more...] about Report: Texas fails to hold repeat polluters accountable for unexpected emissions
The largest source of stolen guns? Parked cars.
By Richard Fausset , The New York Times NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On a Sunday in January 2022, a Glock 9 mm pistol, serial number AFDN559, disappeared from a Dodge Charger parked near a midtown Nashville bank after someone smashed in the rear driver’s side window. Ten months later, Nashville police officers arrested three teenagers suspected in a series of shootings and discovered a cache of weapons in a nearby apartment. Among them was AFDN559. Forensic analysts would later tie the Glock to three shootings, including an attack in August that wounded four youths and another that wounded a 17-year-old girl in September. In a country awash with guns, with more firearms than people, the parked car — or in many cases, the parked pickup truck — has become a new flashpoint in the debates over how and whether to regulate gun safety. There is little question about the scope of the problem. A report issued in May by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety analyzed FBI crime data … [Read more...] about The largest source of stolen guns? Parked cars.
San Diego State and Miami earn first trips to Final Four
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Darrion Trammell had shot enough free throws in practice to believe at least one would fall when it mattered. San Diego State’s 5-foot-10 senior guard, who grew up in Marin City and graduated from St. Ignatius, was fouled by Creighton’s Ryan Nembhard when he put up a floater near the free-throw line with 1.2 seconds left in a rugged NCAA Tournament East Region final that was tied at 56-all. Trammell’s first free throw clanged off the rim, but he knocked down the second, and that was enough to push the defense-first Aztecs into their first Final Four with a 57-56 victory on Sunday. Lamont Butler scored 18 points and Trammell had 12 for fifth-seeded San Diego State (31-6), which slowed down high-scoring, sixth-seeded Creighton (24-13) and became the first Mountain West Conference team to reach the national semifinals. The experienced Aztecs, in their sixth season under coach Brian Dutcher, will play the surprising East Region champion, ninth-seeded Florida … [Read more...] about San Diego State and Miami earn first trips to Final Four
Harris heads to Honduras for inauguration of socialist president as US southern border crisis worsens
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for January 26 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Vice President Kamala Harris departed for Honduras on Thursday for the inauguration of President-Elect Xiomara Castro. The trip will be an extension of her duties as border czar with which she was tasked by President Biden to study the root causes of illegal immigration in the region and to deepen the bilateral partnership with the Central American country, senior administration officials said. Harris is also slated to meet with Castro after her inauguration – the first of Castro’s administration – in which they plan to discuss expanding economic opportunity, combating corruption and humanely managing migration. The vice president first spoke with Castro in a phone call last month. DHS SAYS MAYORKAS ‘WELCOMES CANDOR’ AFTER REPORTEDLY TENSE MEETING WITH BORDER PATROL AGENTS … [Read more...] about Harris heads to Honduras for inauguration of socialist president as US southern border crisis worsens