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Having lived in Alaska for the better part of 20 years ... Dehydration combined with hypothermia can be lethal. REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL MONKEY BUSINESS: One licensed real estate appraiser working in our area has generated more complaints than any other ...

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???REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL MONKEY BUSINESS: One licensed real estate appraiser working in our area has generated more complaints than any other local businessBefore you have a real estate appraisal done, insist on a ?to be completed by? date in a contract or at least an emailThis particular individual always insists on a check up front, cashes it immediately and then won?t answer phone callsHe claims he and his wife are in ill health and uses that as a standard excuse to cash your check, keep your money, and only perform the appraisal when maximum pressure is brought to bearIf you have or have had an experience like this please call the Idaho Real Estate Appraiser Board at 208-334-3233 and make a formal complaintLet me state very clearly, this is the ONLY appraiser I?ve ever had a complaint againstThe real estate appraisal industry is made up of highly skilled men and women with outstanding training and absolute integrity.???MY WEBSITE: It should be up and running when you read thisWe?ve tested it but that doesn?t mean it?ll always work perfectlyI welcome comments and complaints because that?s the best way for me to know if it?s working and useful to my readers and consumers in generalYou should be able to get to the website by going to www.BillBrooksConsumerAdvocate.comLet me know what you thinkYou can call, email or throw a brick through my window (only kidding about the brick!).???COUPONS APLENTY: One reader wrote and expressed frustration with the number of coupons in the paperCoupons and ads are a very important source of revenue for community papers like The Coeur d?Alene PressWithout good advertisers, most papers would cease to existUnless I?m looking for a specific item, I don?t pay much attention to the coupons and adsOn the other hand, when I want a product or service, it?s amazing how many coupons and ads I see advertising what I?m looking forDon?t disparage coupons or ads too muchI?ve saved thousands of dollars this year by buying products and services advertised in The PressUse the ads and coupons to be a good consumer and save some money.???QUICK TIP: There are several individuals, many ?retired? bank executives, accountants and bookkeepers who offer simple bookkeeping for seniorsYou must be very careful to interview and vet anyone offering such servicesIf they check out, they can make a very positive difference in the life of a seniorIf they?re crooked, they can open the door to abuse and theftI had occasion to meet, and check out, a local company called ?My Trusted Advisor? owned and managed by MrPaul RichHe can be reached at 208-916-7964.???IT?S THAT TIME OF YEAR: Please remember to drop a couple of bucks in the kettle or buy a toy for a tot, or donate to your favorite charityYou may not change the world but you may change one person?s world.???I have many more tips and interesting cases that I?m working onCall me at 208-699-0506, or email me at or fax me at 866-362-9266Please include your name and a phone numberI am available to speak about consumerism to schools, and local and civic groups???Bill Brooks is a consumer advocate and the broker and owner of Bill Brooks Real Estate in Coeur d?Alene. Print Article Share Now Subscribe Read More Local News Idaho controller’s office settles sex harassment claim against Goicoechea December 08, 2017 at 10:01 am |     The state controller's office has settled a sexual harassment and discrimination claim against Dan Goicoechea, a former top assistant to state superintendent Sherri Ybarra In the settlement,... Read More I-90 ladder crash leads to felony charge December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d?ALENE ? A ladder that fell from the back of a pickup truck on Interstate 90 ? sending a man to the hospital ? has resulted in a felony charge against the driver, who said he wasn?t aware th... Comments Read More Prison for man found with heroin, meth, pills, firearms and blowtorch December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d?ALENE ? A 29-year-old Spokane Valley man who goes by ?Texas? and was arrested for trafficking heroin and having a bagful of guns was sentenced to 10 years in prison Dallas Cress was sentenc... Comments Read More Lone survivor December 08, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press For the first time in his years of attending Pearl Harbor anniversary remembrance ceremonies in Spokane, on Thursday, Coeur d?Alene?s Ray Garland was the lone survivor at the event ?Last year there... Comments Read More Contact Us (208) 664-8176215 NSecond StCoeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

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