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Take the ‘Slap’ Out of Bug Season

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2009-(MCT)-If you've been out camping, fishing or working in the garden, then chances are you've been smacking, slapping and itching. Mosquitoes, those (bleeping) bloodthirsty spoilers of outdoor summer fun - and their biting friends, black flies, gnats ...


First-time Home Buyer? Get an Inspection

RISMEDIA, July 9, 2009-As many consumers are considering buying a house to take advantage of first-time home buyer tax credits, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) reminds them about the importance of getting a professional home inspection. According to ...


A Lesson to Take to the Piggy Bank

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2009-It's dinner time at the Harris house and turkey tacos are on the menu. Avery, 6, standing in a chair, is browning the meat on the stove with the help of his mom, Andee. Eden, 3, growing impatient, ...


HGTV Selects Plymouth, Massachusetts for 2010 HGTV Green Home

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2009-HGTV will build its third annual "green" home in The Pinehills, an innovative master-planned community located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 2010 HGTV Green Home, just eight miles north of Cape Cod, will be a custom-built, shingle-style cottage with approximately 2,100 square feet of living space. It will ...


Sellers Struggle to Compete with Foreclosures – The King

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-Looking to move up, Cheryl and Jeff Wortzel put their Midtown, Tucson home on the market in December. With two young boys sharing a room, the Wortzels want more space than their two-bedroom home in the Blenman-Elm Neighborhood ...


How to Grow an Herb Garden

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-Chefs know it. The Food Network preaches it. Amateur cooks admit it: Freshly picked herbs are more delicious than anything you'll find on a spice rack. ...


Tips for Freshening Up Your Home with Fabrics

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-The quickest way to freshen a piece of furniture and lift the spirits is through fabric. I feel years younger - and so does my dining room - now that I've re-covered the seats of chairs I inherited from my great-grandfather. The shield-back style of the chairs ...


A Storm is Headed Toward the Pool – What Should You Do?

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-What should you do with the pool if a tropical storm or hurricane is heading your way? Keeping sufficient water levels in your pool provides the important weight to hold the sides and bottom in place, especially when heavy rains that accompany most storms raise the local ...


Prudential Calculator Computes Renters’ Home-Purchasing Power

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2009-If you've ever wondered how much house you can afford, Prudential can tell you in a flash. Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services has developed an online tool that shows how much house you can buy and provides active listings in the neighborhoods you like. ...


Real Estate Q&A – Collecting Homeowner Association Dues

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2009-(MCT)-Q. I belong to a homeowners association. We have a difficult time collecting the Dues from some homeowners. What would you suggest? We file liens after giving them ample warnings, but we can collect only when and if they sell their house. We thought about denying them ...


TV Remotes to Undergo Big Change

RISMEDIA, July 3, 2009-(MCT)-In 1955, Zenith introduced the first wireless TV remote control, the Flash-Matic, followed a year later by the Space Command. ...


To Protect and Surf: Security on the Web

RISMEDIA, July 3, 2009-(MCT)-Q. How much security do I need? There are different software companies that offer "protection" for different costs. For example, Norton offers AntiVirus, Internet Security, and Norton 360. AntiVirus is the least expensive, and Norton 360 is the most expensive. Is this a case of you get ...


Florida Offers Help to Some with Home Down Payment

RISMEDIA, July 2, 2009-(MCT)-Starting Wednesday, Florida hopes to stoke its real estate market by becoming one of the few states to offer $8,000 in down-payment assistance to qualified home buyers so they can benefit upfront from a new federal tax credit. ...


How to Celebrate with Style on July 4th

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2009-(MCT)-Fourth of July entertaining doesn't have to mean carting out the box of American flag decor and cutesy gadgets with red-white-and-blue everything. ...


Home Sales Advantage – Fiber-Based Broadband

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2009-As the real estate market begins to show signs of recovery amid increased sales and low mortgage rates, sellers are looking for every advantage. Now new research shows just such an edge comes from fiber-based telecommunications services like Verizon FiOS Internet and FiOS TV. ...


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