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8 Predictable Closing Day Obstacles – How to Avoid Them

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2009-Whether you represent the buyer or the seller, you want to use your knowledge and expertise to prevent your transaction from failing to close. Numerous factors contribute to the failure of a contract between buyer and seller of real estate. Financing, possession dates, disclosures, due diligence, inspections, ...


Setting Up Your Own Real SPAM Filter for E-mail

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2009-E-mail, a primary form of communication for a number of years, is now losing effectiveness as SPAM continues to flood to inboxes. Estimates range from 90% to 97% of all e-mail today is SPAM. ...


Seeing Green & Staying Connected

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2009-With more than 50,000 customers, Russ Bergeron, CEO of Anaheim, California-based SoCalMLS needs a quick and easy way to distribute information to his members while at the same time looking out for the environment. Having teamed up with FrogPond Publisher, a Web-based platform used for communication and ...


Hope in the California Housing Market – Lower prices, Interest Rates Equal Opportunity for Buyers

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2009-(MCT)-Guadalupe and Ariana Sanchez represent hope in the housing market. The 28-year-old couple with four children just bought their first home. ...


FHA Loans Become Hot Option – Less-stringent standards Spurs Local Popularity

By Chris Churchill ...


EcoBroker Announces Alliance with RESNET to Provide Cost-Saving Energy Benefits to Consumers

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2009-The Association of Energy and Environmental Real Estate Professionals (AEEREP.org) and EcoBroker International announced a partnership with the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). The partnership links AEEREP's and EcoBroker's real estate professional members to the industry's most trusted source of energy raters, further helping consumers evaluate and ...


10 Easy Ways to Become a Green Homeowner

RISMEDIA, January 31, 2009-OptHome, an online resource for homeowners, says it's easier and less expensive to go green than homeowners may think. Suggest these few simple and cost-effective tips that your clients can incorporate into everyday living to help turn their home into a more energy-efficient investment. ...


Friday’s Featured Listing – Antiquity Subdivision Focuses on Historic American Architecture

RISMEDIA, January 30, 2009-Gaze up and down the streets of the Antiquity subdivision in Cornelius, North Carolina and you'll see pristine homes and a carefully developed neighborhood. Constructed by the Cunnane Group out of Charlotte, Antiquity is a nationally recognized "Smart Growth" plan featuring a vibrant, walkable community integrated with ...


Economy, Cold Snaps Accent Need for Winterizing Homes – Tips That Save

RISMEDIA, January 29, 2009-Citing unseasonably cold weather in many parts of California and drawing upon the experience of having provided service to hundreds of thousands of homes, member firms of the Home Warranty Association of California (HWAC) are alerting homeowners to the energy and cost saving benefits of "winterizing" their ...


What to Know About Reverse Mortgages

RISMEDIA, January 28, 2009-If you're over 62 and a homeowner you have a unique opportunity to get significant, spendable value from your home, even if you still hold an existing mortgage. Recently, LendingTree launched a reverse mortgage service for interested senior homeowners looking to talk with lenders who can help ...


Save Energy – Pull the Plug on Electronics

By Bryan Redemske ...


Foreclosure Moratorium Spurs New Interest in Short Sales

By Tom Gordon ...


9 Trends Not to Miss for Your Home

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub ...


Downsizing a Home Requires Cutting Contents, too

By Greg Pearson ...


Falling Prices Push Homes Sales Up: Expert Points to ‘Bargain Shopper’s Market’

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2009-(MCT)-Rose Vicente is tired of waiting. ...


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