The testimony on the second day of his financial fraud trial on Wednesday was aimed at bolstering the prosecution's argument that Manafort hid millions of dollars in income from the IRS and used the funds for a lavish lifestyle. The witness accounts were also intended to contradict Manafort's lawyers, who have signalled they will pin blame for any illegal conduct on his longtime deputy, Rick Gates. The prosecution's focus on Manafort's personal finances - at times laid out in painstaking detail - underscored the vast amount of documents accumulated by special counsel Robert Mueller's team in their case against the longtime political consultant. But it also tried the patience of US district judge TS Ellis III, who repeatedly scolded the government's lawyers for what he said was excessive and unnecessary information. He warned prosecutors against using the word "oligarchs" to describe wealthy Ukrainians and admonished them for spending so much time documenting Manafort's extravagant … [Read more...] about Trump advisor ‘directed millions in international transfers to pay for high-end suits and home improvements’
Home improvements financing
If you’re looking to make home improvements, pay medical expenses or finance a college education, your home can be a source of extra cash. A HELOC, or home equity line of credit, is a loan that is secured by your property, based on the equity in your home. There are a number of advantages to obtaining a HELOC, according to Bankrate. First, it’s typically easy to be approved for a HELOC if you have a lot of equity in your home. Additionally, if you’ve been thinking of taking out a second mortgage, it’s important to note that the interest rate on a HELOC may be lower, and you only pay interest on the amount you’ve borrowed on the line of credit, similar to a credit card, adds Bankrate. Unlike a conventional loan, you may keep borrowing on the unused amount, up to the maximum approved limit, as long as you keep paying down the line of credit. You may also pay less in closing costs. When a HELOC matures, you are required to pay off the balance all at … [Read more...] about What is a home equity line of credit?
(BPT) - Whether it’s transforming a fixer-upper into your dream home or just giving a makeover to your kitchen or bathroom, home improvement projects are on the minds of many new homeowners across the country.While many things about renovating your home are flexible, your budget might not be. In general, not a single floor board is laid, or a new countertop installed without money, which is why every home renovation project should begin with careful financial planning.To help homeowners with their renovation projects, Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R) is working with home renovation expert, JoJo Fletcher, to share her budget-friendly home renovation tips. “Think about small changes you can make if you don’t have the time to take on a big project right now, like freshening up any kitchen by refinishing your cabinets with a bright white coat of paint,” said JoJo Fletcher, ambassador for Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R). “When it comes to financing a larger project, … [Read more...] about 5 tips for financing your next home improvement project
(StatePoint) With longer days and shorter nights come warm weather opportunities to make home and garden improvements. Become inspired to start working on projects, both indoors and out, with these new seasonal books.Caring for CactiThere’s much more to your little green plants than just keeping them alive, according to “Happy Cactus: Cacti, Succulents, and More.” Unearth the secrets of different cacti and succulents with profiles of more than 50 popular varieties -- from the cute, flowering pincushion cactus to the wacky prickly pear. Discover what makes your plant unique and find out where to put it, when to water it, what to feed it, what to look out for, and how to encourage its distinctive traits, from flower stalks to fast growth. Simplify Your LifeLiving simply can mean living better, according to “Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism.” Using, flow charts, icons and other graphics, the book demonstrates how to apply minimalism to your home, wardrobe, … [Read more...] about Inspiration and Ideas for Summer Gardening and Home Improvement
COULD your house do with a fix? West Dorset District Council are reminding residents about their loan scheme to make essential home repairs. The scheme is open to eligible homeowners and landlords across West Dorset and is delivered by Wessex Resolutions CIC, a not-for-profit Responsible Finance provider who have worked in close partnership with the council for over 10 years. The loan can be used to help install or replace heating systems, to roof or thatch repairs, for electrical and plumbing work, structural repairs and any other works considered essential to keeping a home warm, safe, dry and structurally sound. There are a variety of loan products available to suit individual needs and you can even pick your own contractor. If you need to make essential home repairs, a loan funded by the council could help spread the cost of repairs but let you enjoy the benefit right away Through providing loans, the council are ensuring that funds for homeowners are sustainable which … [Read more...] about Could your house do with a fix? Council’s loan scheme could help you make essential home repairs