Monday, December 19, 2011

Spokane WA is number 8 for Top Winter Cities!

Top 10 Winter Cities
Spending the winter in Spokane, WA, can be a gamble – but only if you spend it in one of the city’s casinos, such as the new Northern Quest Resort and Casino. In fact, winters in Spokane sizzle with arts, entertainment and nightlife. Nightlife isn’t the only thing heating up in Spokane; the city’s economy is also aglow. Spokane was named one of the top 100 cities to live and launch a business by and noted for its growing technical sector.Spokane’s arts and cultural offerings are topped off by a burgeoning wine trail of more than two dozen vineyards and wineries, and yes, most wineries keep their tasting rooms open throughout the year. Treasure hunting is another favorite cold-weather pastime – whether at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture in Spokane’s historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood or at the city’s many shops, boutiques, malls and shopping centers. Other hot spots include the INB Performing Arts Center, which plays host to a number of musicians and comedians throughout the winter months, and Gonzaga University, which has a strong men's basketball program. The Spokane Symphony kicks off the season with holiday and special performances that continue well until the spring.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fannie Mae, banks halt foreclosures for the holidays

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Happy holidays struggling homeowners! Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and several large mortgage lenders have pledged not to foreclose on delinquent borrowers during the Christmas season. For homeowners with loans through Fannie Mae (FNMA, Fortune 500) and Freddie Mac (FMCC, Fortune 500), the moratorium will run from Dec. 19 to Jan. 2. During this time, legal and administrative proceedings for evictions may continue, but families will be allowed to stay in their homes, Fannie said in a statement.
"No family should have to give up their home during this holiday season," said Terry Edwards, an executive vice president for Fannie Mae.Among some of the major banks that offer mortgage loans, Chase (JPM, Fortune 500) Mortgage said it will not evict anyone between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2. Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500) will also suspend evictions during that period, but will not shut down its eviction machinery entirely.
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