Living

Travel

Follow Beatrix Potter through Britain’s Lake District

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth, an event celebrated by those who grew up on her imaginative children’s books. While I was at Hill Top, an entire tour bus of Japanese fans were queuing for entry. Aside from her skill as a writer/illustrator, Potter was an avid conservationist and preservationist. She was one of the early supporters of Britain’s National Trust, donating much of the land she accumulated to the Trust.

Living

Pike County woman is co-owner of Las Vegas’ Graceland Chapel

Dee Dee Duffy grew up on Marrowbone Creek Road in Pike County — “about as rural as you can get” — wondering how she could see the world. Duffy, 52, became a flight attendant and eventually figured it out: She and her ex-husband, Elvis impersonator Brendan Paul, own the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

Home & Garden

5 times you shouldn't refinance your mortgage

Refinancing your mortgage can save you a lot of money in interest and lower your monthly payment - when the numbers makes sense, that is. But there are times when a seemingly money-saving move like a refinance can backfire. In short, there are times when it doesn't pay to refinance.

Home & Garden

The Mortgage Professor: Do large principal payments reduce monthly payments?

On home mortgages, a large payment to principal reduces the loan balance and with it the fully-amortizing monthly payment, or FAMP. FAMP is the level of monthly payment required to repay the mortgage fully over its remaining term. Many borrowers would like a mortgage on which the monthly payment would drop to the new, lower FAMP following a large payment to principal and are disappointed when they find they don't have one.

Home & Garden

Real estate Q&A: Credit scores aren't the be-all, end-all

Q: Our home was foreclosed by our first mortgage lender several years ago, leaving the second mortgage unpaid. After we got back on our feet financially three years ago, I began trying to reach out to the second mortgage lender to work things out. The lender would not speak to me about it, other than to say the loan was charged off. Because the debt was still on my credit report, I kept at the lender and finally negotiated a settlement, paying a reduced amount. Still, the debt shows up on my credit report as settled for less than the full amount owed - and that's preventing me from getting a new mortgage for three more years. Is the lender liable for blowing me off all that time?

Videos

LexGo Eat at Mirror Twin Brewing

Mirror Twin Brewing will open on National Avenue in September; LexGo Eat got a preview. Also, we set up the Chevy Chase Street Fair, Bluegrass Eggfest, Jewish Food Festival, Lexington Fest of Ales and the Moontower Music Festival.
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LexGo Eat at Mirror Twin Brewing 10:40

LexGo Eat at Mirror Twin Brewing

90 years old, married almost 70 years, started exercise classes at 80 2:39

90 years old, married almost 70 years, started exercise classes at 80

J. Galt Eyewear brings handcrafted frames to Chevy Chase store 0:54

J. Galt Eyewear brings handcrafted frames to Chevy Chase store

A Tale Of Two Lincolns 1:28

A Tale Of Two Lincolns