The Best and Worst States for Property Taxes

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American household spends $2,197 on property taxes for their homes each year. That’s no small chunk of change for many households, so property taxes are inevitably a factor when homebuyers are trying to decide where to buy, or where to move. WalletHub recently examined all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine which states were best and worst when it comes to property taxes.The good news is, you’ll get plenty of sun and beaches along with the money you save in Hawaii, which ranks as the state with the lowest effective tax rate at 0.27 percent. However, the state’s median home value of $538,400 might offset that a bit, even for potential homebuyers keen to leave the mainland. For a median-priced home in Hawaii, the annual taxes would amount to $1,459.Next on the list is Alabama, with a median home price of $128,500 and an effective property tax rate of 0.43 percent, meaning the owner of a median-priced Alabama home would pay $550 in taxes. Rounding out the five states with lowest property tax rates are Louisiana (0.51 percent effective property tax), Delaware (0.55 percent), and, surprisingly, the District of Columbia. Like Hawaii, D.C. has a high median home value at $506,100, but a low effective property tax rate at only 0.56 percent.What about the other end of the scale? New Jersey takes home the trophy for highest effective property tax rate at 2.40 percent. Jersey homeowners with a median-priced home worth $316,400 would be paying $7,601 in annual property taxes. Coming in second is Illinois, with a 2.32 percent effective property tax rate, which works out to $4,058 in taxes on a median-priced home worth $174,800. The rest of the five states with highest effective property tax rates are New Hampshire (2.19 percent), Connecticut (2.02 percent), and Wisconsin (1.95 percent).You can read WalletHub’s full breakdown of state property tax rates by clicking here. The Best and Worst States for Property Taxes Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Best and Worst States for Property Taxes  Print This Post Tagged with: Property Taxes taxes WalletHub Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Property Taxes taxes WalletHub 2018-03-01 David Wharton March 1, 2018 2,839 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Puerto Rico Receives Mixed Messages From Treasury, FHA Next: Improving FHA Foreclosure Processeslast_img read more

In my world

first_imgI often wonder about the differences between success and failure. We are all aware that businesses in every sector are struggling in the current economic climate; some get to the point where they cannot carry on and, sadly, are forced to go into administration.The recent, well-publicised events at Coffee Republic are a good case in point. (At this point I should mention that my former business supplied them from 1998, and I purchased a few shares so I would receive copies of their accounts.)Over the years, Coffee Republic has rapidly expanded, acquired businesses – for example, Good Bean – contracted and finally moved towards a franchise-based operation, increasing its estate again. My 10,000 shares purchased at 8p had been diluted to 166, worth 20p each at the time of their administration. I purchased 800 shares at 40p in Caffè Nero at the same time. When it went private a couple of years ago, shareholders received 250p per share. Caffè Nero has continued to expand and, more importantly, make a good profit.A visit to both chains will show great superficial similarity; they both serve similar-sounding drinks and comparable ranges of sandwiches, paninis and muffins and so on. The difference in their performance is not just down to timing; Coffee Republic was into variably performing franchises and some very high rents. Even now, I am watching some great coffee shops not only opening, but thriving; examples include London coffee shops Flat White ( and Sacred ( Many of the successes in this area now have very strong Antipodean roots. Indeed, the current hot spot for coffee shops is New Zealand – in particular, Wellington.I can think of examples in other bakery-related sectors. Paul has been an enormous national success story, expanding rapidly, but they sell freshly baked bread (albeit from part-baked frozen), cakes and pastries, plus a range of filled baguettes and drinks – does this sound familiar? Le Pain Quotidien ( has a similar range, although more geared to sit down.Ottolenghi (, my current favourite London bakery/deli, is going from strength to strength. I defy anyone to visit one of their shops and not feel inspired to purchase. I loved my lunch yesterday, the strawberry-peach and pistachio tart as dessert. I only eat their muesli for breakfast and will deliver their cakes to mum today – via the gym!If you get the chance, please visit some of the places I have mentioned and ask yourself: ’What are they doing right/wrong?’ and, more importantly, ’What can I do with my business to make sure I remain one of the successes?’last_img read more

BIG DAY IN THE BLUE RIDGE: Two premier races on the same morning every fall

first_imgTwo beloved races—the Green Race and Shut-In—attract the region’s best paddlers and trail runners.The first Saturday in November is always one of the most exciting: both the Green River Race and the Shut-In Ridge Trail Race are held on the same morning, and they are only about 30 miles from each other in Western North Carolina. The Green Race attracts the best paddlers in the world to plunge down class V rapids, and the 17.-8-mile Shut-In race, now in its 39th year, is one of the country’s toughest trail runs.Luke Paulson by Andy Wickstrom.At Shut-In this year, Luke Paulson bested a stacked field, finishing in 2:22:22. Anne Wheatly won the women’s race in 2:55:28.At the Green Race, Dane Jackson was fastest down the river, finishing in 4 minutes, 10 seconds. Queen of the Green, Adriene “Lil’ A” Levknecht, won the women’s race for the tenth time.Anne Wheatley by Andy Wickstrom.(top) Queen of the Green Adriene Levknecht; Shut-In champs Luke Paulson (left) and Anne Wheatly right). / top photo by marc hunt, left and right photos by andy wickstromlast_img read more

Batesville Mayor Bettice: Our city is on the rise!

first_imgBatesville, In. —Batesville mayor Mike Bettice delivered his third state of the city address last night to about 60 people at the BNS Commons.The mayor cited many accomplishments while crediting department heads, board & commission volunteers, independently elected officials, municipal employees and community partners.Highlights of the presentation: The final bond payment for improvements to the Batesville Water Clarifier Plant done in 2003 will be paid in January of 2021. Once the final payment is made, $700,000 will be available in the annual budget. At about the same time, the final phases of the Long Term Water Project could be underway. City officials say that project will be financed through the Indiana Finance Authority Revolving Fund Loan Program.The city currently has the capacity to produce about 2 million gallons of water per day and demand is between 1.2 and 1.8 million gallons per day. The Long Term Water Project will be an important part of future expansion for the city.The Batesville Police Department will add a patrol officer, allowing the reassignment of another officer to work on drug-related cases moving forward. The mayor said the department is committed to using Community Policing tactics as a tool to reduce property crime.Reflecting on change and upgrades at the Batesville Fire Department, the mayor said they are always looking for EMS/Firefighters and this year the hourly wage has been increased. A new Training/Storage Building has been added, significant renovations have been done to the interior and exterior, a new ambulance has been procured and a new low-profile apparatus has been purchased. The new apparatus will become the primary response tool and able to access the city limits south of the railroad tracks in the event of a train crossing.The mayor thanked multiple community partners for improvements and ADA upgrades at Liberty Park, the addition of the north side park and the Star Spangled Symphony.The completion of Merkel Road, a major stormwater project in downtown, the demolition of Feller’s Service Station and the Military Banner Program were all mentioned as significant accomplishments.For 2019 there are plans to replace liner at the Memorial Pool, replace the roof and SCADA System at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Northside Park construction and maintenance and repair to the Memorial Building.Long-term plans were announced for a pedestrian path that would connect the Baseball Complex, YMCA, Brum Woods, the possibility of an I-74 Gateway Project that would refurbish “Batesville” signs, a railroad bridge and a trail to connect the city with the new Northside Park.last_img read more

Silva ton gives Sri Lanka 288-run lead

first_img(REUTERS) – Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Silva roared back into form with a century in the final Test against Australia yesterday, boosting the hosts’ hopes of a 3-0 sweep against the world number one team at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo.A day after the opener split the webbing on his left hand which needed six stitches and dropped down to number three, Silva struck 115 as Sri Lanka reached 312 for eight at stumps on the penultimate day of the Test to lead by 288 runs.Dhananjaya de Silva was batting on 44 with Suranga Lakmal yet to open his account at the other end as Australia’s hopes of a pride-salvaging win looked rather dim against the hosts’ formidable spin attack on a final-day track.The day belonged to Silva who, after scores of 4, 7, 5, 2 and 0 in the last five innings, cover-drove an Adam Voges full toss to bring up his third Test fifty in 251 balls.The relief reflected in his animated celebration as the 30-year-old took off his helmet, swung his bat and roared in delight before being hugged by batting partner Dinesh Chandimal.Resuming on 22 for one, Sri Lanka lost three wickets in the morning session before the 58-run stand between Silva and home captain Angelo Mathews (26) steadied the home ship.Overnight batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (22) fell to a clever piece of stumping by Peter Nevill off the bowling of Nathan Lyon who trapped Silva leg-before in his next over but the batsman used the review option to get the umpire’s decision overturned.Kusal Perera (24) fell to Jon Holland while Mitchell Starc dismissed Kusal Mendis (18) leg-before to claim his 24th wicket in an otherwise spinner-dominated series.Mathews fell to Lyon (4-123) in the second session but Silva added 90 runs with Chandimal (43) for the sixth wicket to consolidate Sri Lanka’s position.Holland ended Silva’s 269-ball stay with Steve Smith taking the catch in slip as the batsman walked out to a standing ovation.SRI LANKA 1st innings 355 (D. Chandimal 132, D. de Silva 129; M. Starc 5-63) AUSTRALIA 1st innings 379 (S. Marsh 130, S. Smith 119, M. Marsh 53; R. Herath 6-81) SRI LANKA 2nd innings (o/night: 22-1)D. Perera lbw b Starc 8D. Karunaratne stp. Nevill b Lyon 22K. Silva c Smith b Holland 115K. Perera c Nevill b Holland 24K. Mendis lbw b Starc 18A. Mathews c Smith b Lyon 26D. Chandimal lbw b Lyon 43D. de Silva not out 44R. Herath c Smith b Lyon 5S. Lakmal not out 0Extras: (b-4, lb-3) 7Total: (for 8 wickets, 95 overs) 312Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-44, 3-69, 4-98, 5-156, 6-246, 7-276, 8-297.Bowling: M. Starc 17-4-58-2, N. Lyon 37-7-123-4, J. Holland 20-4-72-2, J. Hazlewood 12-2-16-0, S. Smith 2-0-13-0, M. Marsh 3-1-3-0, M. Henriques 2-0-9-0, A. Voges 2-0-11-0.last_img read more

Freshmen undefeated in Syracuse’s 6-1 win over Boston University

first_img Published on February 2, 2020 at 10:16 pm Contact Thomas: [email protected] | @ThomasShults5 Facebook Twitter Google+ During warmups, freshmen Polina Kozyreva and Kim Hansen sang Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” as they grabbed granola bars from their tennis bags and headed towards their respective courts.Before Syracuse’s (4-0) match against previously undefeated Boston University (3-1), the freshmen seemed relaxed. On court three, senior Guzal Yusupova threw her head back in exasperation after repeatedly missing warm up shots. On a day when the team leaders struggled, the freshmen stepped up. Yusupova lost in singles 6-1, 6-3, but Hansen, Kozyreva and Zeynep Erman all won their matches. The freshmen stayed perfect in singles play on the season. In doubles, which has been a challenge for the freshmen so far, a partner switch led to two easy victories.“I think they show a lot of passion and fight and perseverance,” head coach Younes Limam said of the freshmen after SU’s 6-1 win. “They put us on the scoreboard pretty quickly and that’s really important to a match.”The new partnership of Kozyreva, a first-year player from Russia, and sophomore Sonya Treshcheva defeated the Terriers, 6-3, after falling behind early. The new duo took some time to adjust. BU hit a ball down the middle of the court with neither player making a move. After a ball fell and bounced towards the wall, the pair stood at the net staring at each other, and quickly regrouped.First, Kozyreva hit a second serve down the midline, an ace that cut BU’s lead to 2-1. The SU pair went on to win four straight games before finishing their opponents off and sealing the doubles point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKozyreva said it’s easier to play with Treshcheva because they are both Russian, and can speak their native language on the court. With her former partner, Erman, a fellow freshmen from Turkey, Kozyreva struggled because she has to think of how to translate what she wants to say, she said.While the senior doubles team of Miranda Ramirez and Yusupova struggled, the younger players shined. Before Kozyreva and Treshcheva won 6-3, Hansen and Erman defeated their opponents 6-1.Ramirez and Yusupova eventually won their doubles match 7-5. But their freshmen teammates winning early took pressure off of Ramirez and Yusupova to win the doubles point.“Instead of being like, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to win this match in order to get the point,’” Ramirez said. “It’s okay, we’re good.”After securing the doubles point, Kozyreva defeated Lily Burchell of BU 6-1 in the first set. Too often, Burchell was forced to run sideline to sideline chasing shots as Kozyreva moved her around the court.“She’s better than I am,” Burchell said to her teammates after losing the first set.Before Burchell could take a sip out of her bottle, Kozyreva was already walking to her side of the court. By the time Burchell moved to stand up from the bench, Kozyreva was in form to serve.“My way of playing tennis, I don’t like sitting and waiting,” said Kozyreva. “I just like to play fast.”Eventually, Kozyreva won 6-1, 6-2, but not before fellow freshmen Erman defeated Boston University’s Katya Martens, 6-0, 6-2. Seconds later, the third freshman, Hansen, won her match 6-3, 6-0 to clinch victory for the Orange.“All three of them (the freshmen) just completely take care of business,” said assistant coach Jennifer Meredith. “They’re just getting better every day.” Commentslast_img read more

Tyson Fury launches Exploding Jackpots for SBTech

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Delasport clients get access to Kiron’s BetMan RGS platform April 27, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury took to ICE 2019 to help launch Exploding Jackpots, an ‘industry-first’ cross-platform series of ‘must-drop’ jackpots from SBTech.Billed by SBTech as the ‘Big Bang’, the product was introduced to the crowd of delegates by Fury, who himself had been welcomed to the stage by Peter Dickson – the man best known as the voice of both the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.The unique cross-platform series of ‘must-drop’ timed and amount-based jackpots will be available on any sports bet or casino game and any of the company’s preferred partners’ games or products across the entire SBTech platform.Prior to Exploding Jackpots, ‘must drop’ products had been limited to specific casino game suppliers, restricting how operators could use them to complement marketing activities.However, operators can now use the product to significantly boost cross-sell opportunities and maximise their marketing efforts by alerting players to the status of ‘must-drop’ jackpots before a sporting event begins or during a popular match or tournament.Greg Karaolis, Chief Product Officer of SBTech, said: “Exploding Jackpots has made an immediate impact at this year’s ICE and we’re delighted with the response. Unlike other timed products, this is the first of its kind capable of being activated on any sports or casino game or third-party supplier across our entire platform.“Players have really taken to the concept of must drop timed and amount based jackpots in the last year. However, we are taking this to the next level and unlocking its true cross-platform and cross-product potential.”Fury added: “I’m very proud to be here with SBTech for the reveal of their latest product innovation. I haven’t lost a match for the past 10 years, very much like heavyweight champ SBTech has been staying ahead of their game.“As I steamroll my opponents, SBTech is doing the same to their competition with their ground-breaking products and next-gen technology.” Share Sharelast_img read more