08.30.2013 | by Kenny Steinberg
I was just told that my 24-year-old friend has a friend, also in his twenties, who is moving to Erie for a job opportunity. That’s always a positive sign: young people moving to Erie or Pittsburgh or anywhere in Western Pennsylvania.
And my wife and her friend want to Spend Labor Day weekend in Erie. They want to go to a real beach and Presque Isle State Park is a real beach.
But what about you? Do you live in Erie and take advantage of its beaches, parks, zoo and museums? If not, is it because you are so accustomed to having those amenities so close by that you don’t think about them? Well, it’s time.
Do you look at your finances the same way? Have you been ignoring a difficult financial situation because it is so close that you tend to ignore the telltale signs of problems?
Are you charging groceries because you don’t have the money in your wallet? Does your car need an essential repair that you are putting off? Is that leak in your roof causing issues with your ceiling but you don’t have the cash reserves to get it fixed because you are paying so much on your charge cards?
Maybe it is time to call us to take a look at your financial situation (800-360-9392). People have a tendency to wait until the situation is really bleak before getting help. We can help you.
08.26.2013 | by Lauren Lamb
A story was recently published in the Beaver County Times about a Center Township woman whose house was sold at a tax sale in 201, because she owed $234.72 to the Center Area School District for real estate taxes. The problem started in 2008 when she paid her real estate taxes six days late. This caused there to be a $6.30 late charge added to her account. She never paid the $6.30 late charge. Two years later, the $6.30 had grown to $234.72 due to interest being added, and her house was sold to the highest bidder. While the sale of this woman’s home, which she is fighting in court, is an extreme story, it does demonstrate how important it is to pay your real estate taxes.
08.14.2013 | by Lauren Lamb
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the Allegheny County real estate tax reassessment mess that started in early 2012. Thousands were up in arms because they felt their homes were over-assessed, meaning they would pay more in real estate taxes than they should. At the time, the impact of the new assessment values seemed far off, because the new assessment would not impact the amount homeowners paid in taxes until 2013. Allegheny County gave disgruntled homeowners a chance to appeal their reassessment two times, once in 2012 and once in 2013, before the reassessment values went into effect.