November 10, 2008

Telephone sales scams promoting extended car warranties

Alert: The muchly annoying robo calls are under investigation.

This is the second warning that the factory warranty on your vehicle has expired.

ATTORNEYS GENERAL in several states are investigating what they suspect are telephone sales scams promoting extended car warranties, often by calling cellphones or numbers that are listed on do-not-call registries.

The Connecticut attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, said his office had received "a huge number of complaints -- hundreds of complaints." Connecticut is part of a large, multistate investigation into such calls, he said.

Another of those states is Iowa. "They are trying to trick you into believing that the communication is coming from the auto manufacturer and that your warranty is about to expire and you need to do something to extend that warranty," said William L. Brauch, a special assistant attorney general and director of the consumer protection division in Iowa.

But automakers are not behind the policies, Mr. Brauch said, and after purchasing such a policy it may be difficult if not impossible to get reimbursed for a repair.

"A number of these companies tend to routinely deny paying, they come up with various interpretations, shall we say, of the agreements, which they say justify them not covering whatever the ...

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See also: Amazon Prime $79 Refund class action suit.

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April 20, 2007

FHA mortgage limit should be $600,000

The government has fairly low limits on how big a mortgage
it will insure, so borrowers in New York City, for instance,
can receive a loan of about $363,000, far less than the
area’s median home price of about $470,000.

In Fairfield County, Conn., the maximum F.H.A. loan for a single-family
home is about $363,000, but the median price in the county’s largest
municipalities is $473,000.

Congress is considering raising the maximum loan to about $600,000, which
“would obviously help a lot of borrowers, especially in the Northeast.”

-- Brian J. Chappelle, founder of Potomac Partners in Washington,
consultants to the mortgage industry.

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March 24, 2007

Safe from Sub-prime in the suburbs ?

Even affluent suburbs have their share of such borrowers.

Steven Habetz, chief executive of Threshold Mortgage, a
broker based on Westport, Conn., says subprime loans
account for about 5 percent of his business. That could
drop, though, as lenders leave the market.

August 29, 2006

New York channel

The Coruscation New York channel:
NY, Queens", CT, NJ, VT.

old NY Wiki 2003 January - 2005 October
old old NY Wiki 2003 January - 2004 January.

April 21, 2006

Connecticut commuters' Mark Ginocchio

Connecticut commuters' reporter Mark Ginocchio at the Stamford Advocate.

April 1, 2006

Love Makes a Family in Connecticut

Love Makes a Family's cable guy Ned Lamont (opponent of legitimate
Joe Leiberman) events in Connecticut.

March 30, 2006

Danbury, hatcityblog

Hatcityblog watches Danbury, CT.

March 25, 2006

Starbucks in Southern Connecticut

Starbucks in Southern Connecticut.
Coffee and WiFi.

January 4, 2006

metro north commuters

CT Council (serving riders on Metro-North's New Haven Division
& Shore Line East Railroads @TrainWeb), Metro North Commuter
at blogspot, and Metro North Commuters forum on

January 1, 2006

Fairfield, CT map

Map for Fairfield, CT and Westchester, NY commuting locations.

December 30, 2005

New Haven re-development

One portion of New Haven's facility symbolizes the city's transition from
an old economy industrial powerhouse to a growing force in the new
economy. New Haven's former Winchester Arms Company complex,
established in 1866 and open for more than a century, today is the
site of Science Park, a research-oriented business incubator.
Science Park houses more than 70 companies and 1,400 employees.

The park is in the midst of a three-year, $15 million redevelopment
plan that includes work to clear space for new state-of-the-art
manufacturing and laboratory facilities.

New Haven offers an extensive array existing facilities as well as
build-to-suit sites. The transformation of old to new also can
be seen in one of the city's hottest trends - turning industrial/
commercial space into loft-style living and working spaces. And
modern retail space is available in such rising areas as the
Ninth Square district, which is linked to successful shopping
areas at Wooster Square, Broadway and upper Chapel Street.

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December 29, 2005

New Haven apartments

Agent for some nice downtown New Haven apartments.