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HUD Offers $58 Million for Housing Counseling

RISMEDIA, June 18, 2009-The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that more than $58 million is available for a broad range of housing counseling programs to help families find and preserve housing. The funding is an increase of $11 million, or 23%, over last year. These grants will ...


Keep Homes Show-Ready, Providing Low ‘Rents’

RISMEDIA, June 17, 2009-(MCT)-Dave Hill lost his job several months ago, yet the family is able to do just fine on his wife's teaching salary. ...


Sustainability Is the New Economy

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2009-A lot of people still don't get it. ...


5 Pro Tips Designed to Help You Move

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2009-(MCT)-How hard is it to move all your worldly possessions from one home to the next? So hard that even Clive Pearse of HGTV can get it wrong. ...


Going, Going, Gone – The Key to Peace of Mind before Bidding on Properties

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2009-Buying a home is one of the most significant decisions, as well as one of the biggest investments, a home buyer will ever make. With home prices down around the country, mortgage rates at record-level lows, an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and a surge ...


High-end Homeowners Now Feeling the Pinch

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2009-(MCT)-The real estate slump has arrived in La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe and other high-end San Diego County neighborhoods. ...


Fixit: Turn Off Fluorescent Lights to Save Energy

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2009-(MCT)-Q: Our small but heavily used bathroom at work is lit by four fluorescent lights, each of the tubes being 48 inches long. Would less energy be used leaving them on all day, vs. turning them on and off countless times throughout the day? ...


Regional Rebounds: May Minnesota Real Estate Stats Show More Homes Sold, and at a Higher Median Price

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2009-(MCT)-Real estate statistics in May continued to show Northeastern Minnesota on the rebound. ...


Prudential Florida Real Estate Services, Rei Mesa Launches Consumer Confidence ‘Stimulus Package’

RISMEDIA, June 11, 2009-Rei Mesa, president and chief operating officer, Prudential Florida Real Estate Services recently completed his road tour themed the "Energy Bus" Road Tour for Success. The tour served as the introduction of Prudential Florida Real Estate Services Consumer Confidence "Stimulus Package," which includes the "Homebuyer Price Guarantee" ...


Making a Statement – Frame Can Complement or Announce Your Art

RISMEDIA, June 11, 2009-(MCT)-Looking for a way to freshen up your decor and put a new face on your living space - without spending money you don't have? ...


My Credit Score Dropped 87 Points Because of Me

RISMEDIA, June 10, 2009-Everyone has become more concerned about their credit scores these days, especially when a better score can result in lower credit interest rates and payments saving thousands of dollars from interest. With this in mind, many consumers are paying more attention to their credit and, unfortunately, in the ...


Hammering Out Some Questions on Choosing Nails

RISMEDIA, June 10, 2009-(MCT)-I have boxes of different kinds of nails in the workshop, because all nails are not alike. For instance, there are general-purpose nails used primarily in woodworking, and specialty nails for jobs involving concrete and masonry. ...


Moving Tips for the Busiest Moving Month of the Year—June

RISMEDIA, June 9, 2009-When moving, many people are faced with weighing the options-should they hire movers or pack themselves? What are the benefits of doing either? What do most people forget when packing up and moving? How can you save money when moving? From FlatRate Movers, a nationwide leader in ...


National Survey Reveals Renters Are Living for Their Pets

RISMEDIA, June 9, 2009-Renters love pets and are doing their part to find a place to live that accommodates both them and their four-legged cohabitators. According to an Apartments.com survey of more than 1,000 renters around the country, nearly 90% of renters ...


Fair Mortgage Collaborative Launch to Help Restore Public’s Faith in Home Lending

RISMEDIA, June 9, 2009-As the costly burden of predatory lending and mortgage foreclosures continues to ravage families and neighborhoods across the United States, the "Fair Mortgage Collaborative" (FMC) is being launched on June 10, 2009 by mortgage lenders, foundations (including the Ford Foundation and Calvert Foundation), and advocacy organizations (such ...


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