Humberto Alcazar's Blog Posts

Is Now The Time To Buy A Home

Buying a home appears to be one of this summer's biggest trends.Bidding wars, jacked-up prices and swamped open houses: There are horror stories around the country of buyers in search of real estate

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Shipping containers house retail venture at Montecillo community

Always thinking outside of the box with their restaurant and retail concepts, a trio of El Paso businessmen are now thinking inside the box for an eco-friendly, nontraditional shopping center. Rudy

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El Paso Foreclosures Up

Foreclosures are down in much of the country, but El Paso is seeing a rise. These figures according to Realy Trac, a company that breaks down real estate figures and data. According to

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Homes are Selling Faster

Inventories of for-sale homes aren’t the only thing that is dropping. The amount of time homes are staying on the market is growing shorter as well—down 11 percent in the last year—according

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530 Charged for Scamming Home Owners

After a yearlong probe, federal investigators say they’ve charged 530 people for allegedly defrauding more than 73,000 home owners who had fallen behind on their mortgage payments. The people

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How to Lower Your 2012 Tax Bill

Real estate agents still have time to reduce their 2012 tax bill through such methods as buying business equipment, like computers, software, or even a car by the end of the year. The Internal

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Scammers Post Fake REO Rentals on Craigslist

Freddie Mac’s fraud unit is teaming up with real estate professionals who list HomeSteps homes to sniff out bogus rental ads of REO properties — a growing problem, according to Freddie.

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Pending Homes Sales Touch Two Year High

Contracts to buy previously owned homes rose to their highest level in more than two years in July, an industry group said on Wednesday, suggesting the housing market recovery was gaining traction.

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Gas Prices Edge Higher as Isaac Nears

Tropical Storm Isaac is likely to have only a slight impact on gas prices initially as Gulf of Mexico oil rigs are evacuated as a precautionary measure ahead of the storm. But pump prices could

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With New Toll Lanes Concerns Over Mexico Traffic

As El Paso prepares for its first toll lanes, officials in this border city are struggling with a question that for geographical reasons has been of less concern in Dallas, Austin and Houston, where

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Big Changes Coming to Downtiwn El Paso

Ever since El Paso multimillionaire Paul Foster spent millions of dollars renovating the 100-year-old Mills Building Downtown, the question has lingered: Would other private investors follow his

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How Closing Costs Work

How closings work Here are the steps to expect before the keys to your new home are in your hands.  On closing day of your home purchase, all parties will sign the papers officially sealing

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Amnesty for Unpaid Trash and or Recycle Bin

 You've been warned: If you have an extra trash or recycling bin and you are not paying extra for it, turn it in or pay up. If you don't, you may have to pay as much as $400, El Paso city

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The Mysterious Company behind Tootsie Rolls

You don't hear much about the company that makes Tootsie Rolls. And that's exactly the way executives want it.Tootsie Roll Industries (TR +0.36%) is steeped in history, and has been run for 50

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Average Gas Prices Increase Five Cents

Average retail gasoline prices in El Paso have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29 a gallon. This compares with the national average which has increased 2 cents per gallon in

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Alorica plans to fill positions in El Paso

Alorica, a provider of customer management outsourcing solutions, is planning to add more than 250 jobs to its El Paso facility. The new positions, which are mainly sales representative jobs, will

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Though gas is up El Pasoans paying the least

El Pasoans still have the lowest average prices among major cities in Texas as gasoline prices continue to rise across the nation, according to AAA's Weekend Gas Watch. El Pasoans are paying an

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Down Payment and Closing Assistance Available

AVAILABLE DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE Down payment and Closing Assistance is 5% of the Final Loan amount in the form of a Grant. Elegibility Area: Statewide Texas Elegibility Criteria: Must

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Making the switch from Juarez to El Paso

To most of the population in El Paso this is a very common discussion. Getting away from all the violence that is happening in mexico right now and starting off fresh in El Paso texas is a

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Tips on Choosing the Best Airplane Seat

The right seat can make the difference between a good flight and a grueling one. Do you know the ABC's of airline seat layouts? Do you know which airline seat offers the best leg room? Do you know

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Mexican Presidential Elections Are Coming July First

Mexico, a country long synonymous with vote-rigging, is better equipped than ever to prevent fraud in Sunday's national elections, according to experts, but voters still have grave doubts. The

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Fort Bliss Basic Allowance for Housing

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. The intent of BAH is to provide uniformed servicemembers accurate and equitable housing

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