Auction Merchants May Want Escrow Account

The e-mail came from a small business owner who has a warning for any merchant who offers items for sale on the internet. He began offering merchandise for sale on an auction site and he began to receive offers to purchase goods for someone with a shipping address in...

Text While Driving – It Can Wait

Studies show drivers who text are 23 times more likely to have an accident. Many states have taken action and made texting behind the wheel illegal. CFA supports efforts such as the “It Can Wait” Campaign, a joint effort by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, and...

Silent Danger in Your Home

You may have a smoke detector in your home but do you have a CO detector? Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a silent and odorless killer. The best weapon against it is a CO detector, which will alert you if CO is in your home. The detectors should be placed in the living...

Trimming Your Neighbor's Tree

Your neighbor’s tree overhangs your yard and the messy tree leaves drop into your air conditioning unit, yet the neighbor refuses to have the tree trimmed. What are your rights? That’s the question asked by a WTOP listener whose neighbor adamantly refused to take care...

Home Repair Tax Credits

Don’t you just love the idea of improving your home and getting a tax credit for the effort? That’s exactly what the federal government is doing with its offer of a tax credit in 2006 and 2007 to help pay for the purchase of new insulation, storm windows and doors and...

Finding a Good Contractor

We’ve all heard the horror stories: a kitchen with cabinets removed and a gaping hole in the wall and the contractor skips town, a family room looked beautiful until it started to rain. How can you protect against disaster when you undertake your home...