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Taylor Swift pays $17 million for mansion -- in cash!

She knew you were trouble when you walked in ... the door of her new $17 million mansion.

Taylor Swift recently purchased a mansion in Rhode Island for a cool $17.75 million — and paid for it in cash, TMZ reports. The pop sensation negotiated the final figure from the original asking price of $20 million, according to TMZ.

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Spring-Cleaning That Won't Take Over Your Life: 8 Hours, Start to Finish

9 A.M.–10 A.M.: Bathroom

Vacuum and wipe the walls and ceilings. If you clear them annually of the almost imperceptible grime that builds up, then you won't have to deal with the impossible-to-remove kind that can accumulate if they're left untouched for a few years. Vacuum first, using the brush attachment. Then, wipe them with all-purpose cleaner, which is fine for painted walls. Don't forget the wall that's behind you every morning when you do your hair and makeup; it could be coated in hairspray, perfume or other beauty products.

Toss any throw rugs into the washing machine.

Wash mirrors and the insides of windows. Use microfiber cloths (they won't leave lint).

Spray and soak. Steve Mulloy, director of housekeeping at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, recommends rubbing strong cleaning agents into shower walls, tubs, floors and sinks and then leaving to handle a task in another room. Fifteen or 20 minutes later (you can go move the rugs from the washer to the dryer), come back and rinse everything from the top down, starting with the showerhead. Take the same tack with the toilet, moving from the top of the tank to the rim, bowl and base. And don't use the cloths you used in the bathroom anywhere else before laundering them in very hot water.

Rinse the floor. After you've let the cleanser soak, as mentioned above, wipe the floor with a water-soaked mop on your way out.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/home/Spring-Cleaning-Checklist-Room-by-Room_1/1#ixzz2QqPO4Fcg


Evansville Rental Property Registry

In an effort to assist the Evansville Police Department in promptly contacting owners of rental property within the city limits, the Evansville City Council, the Police Department, and landlords and tenants worked together to create a registry of accurate owner contact information.

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the Evansville City Council unanimously passed Ordinance G-2013-3 (Amended). As part of this Ordinance, annually, all single-dwelling and/or multi-dwelling rental property owners must complete a form and submit to the Evansville City Clerk’s Office. As a part of this new amended Ordinance there is no cost to register or submit this form, however, to avoid any possible late fees, the form must be submitted each hear by November 30.

The main idea behind this Ordinance is to assist both the City of Evansville and the Evansville Police Department in contacting landlords about issues with their rental properties and tenants. While this Ordinance does effect everyone owning residential rental property within the city limits, the main cause for the Ordinance are those outside Owners who are absentee and do not choose a high quality property management firm to assist them. Many of these absentee owners never come to town to check on their properties and often times will lease to anyone just to make sure they are receiving rental income from their investment. While receiving a rent payment is important to all investors, the City of Evansville has decided making that the primary goal at the expense of the neighbors and the neighborhood must stop.

Overall the final Ordinance passed by the City Council does its best to make sure the city can continue to improve the quality of life of our neighbors as well as hold landlords...

Have A Kid-Friendly Move

Changing homes is stressful for the whole family. Here's how to make the process smoother, with advice you can follow before, during and after your move.

Moving is always unpleasant. Nobody knows this more than kids.

Children who move frequently tend to do poorly in school and have more behavioral problems, according to a Northwestern University study (PDF). Another study, from 2010, also found that introverted people who moved often when they were young demonstrated less well-being as adults — and even died younger — because they had fewer close social relationships.

But a move needn't scar Junior, experts say.

"If you do the right things, most kids are going to handle it fairly well," says Frederic Medway, a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of South Carolina and a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children and families. Medway has studied the effects of moving and location for three decades.

Read more: Have A Kid-Friendly Move


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