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VA Law Will Serve Those Who Serve Our Country, Says NAR

RISMEDIA, Oct. 14, 2008-Veterans across America now have expanded homeownership opportunities, thanks to the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Friday, President George W. Bush signed the bill into law, which includes housing provisions for veterans who are already homeowners and those who aspire to homeownership, according to the National ...


5 Tips for Getting Started in Property Management

Rental Strategies by Rob Massey ...


Fall Is the Ideal Time for Planting, the Right Tree in the Right Place

RISMEDIA, Oct. 10, 2008-Fall is a good time to plant new trees. According to PECO, a Philadelphia electric and natural gas utility, trees provide tremendous value to our communities, however; many trees are planted without consideration of how they grow over time. ...


The Nuts & Bolts of Real Estate Disclosure – for Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, Oct. 9, 2008-When in doubt with respect to real estate for sale, disclose. Is the home repaired from prior water damage? Has there ever been a termite infestation? No matter what the issue, disclose it! Not doing so when you should have can have serious consequences. ...


HGTV.com Cures Homeowners’ Most Vexing Color Calamities

RISMEDIA, Oct. 8, 2008-"Is there a way to tastefully paint my living room purple?" "Beige couches, beige carpet, white walls - when did my home turn into bland-land?" If color quandaries like these are keeping you up at night, you aren't alone. That's why the experts at HGTV.com created the ...


Another Reason to Be Spooked This October – Pests

RISMEDIA, Oct. 8, 2008-"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky." They're...spiders, bats and bed bugs? ...


Part II: Show & Sell-Smells that Sell

Home-selling Strategies by Chris Kaucnik ...


Sellers – Sticking to Your Price Keeps You Stuck

Commentary by Curtis Seltzer ...


For Your Clients – Clear the Clutter to Boost Home Sale Appeal

RISMEDIA, Oct. 6, 2008-Need advice for a winning edge in selling your home in a depressed real estate market? Ensure your home stands out by highlighting its best features and eliminating items that prevent a potential buyer from picturing themselves living in the house. Collaborate Design Studios offers some tips ...


The Off-Season Audit – How to Take a Guests-Eye View of Your Rental Property

RISMEDIA, Oct. 2, 2008-It's that time of year again. Summer is cooling down and the "off season" has begun. Between counting your rental income and planning a few autumn weekends in your vacation home-hey, why should paying guests have all the fun?-you may have found yourself wondering how you can ...


Winter Weather Tips for Maintaining Curb Appeal

RISMEDIA, Sept. 27, 2008-While snow isn't on most of our minds this time of year, now is the time for homeowners to get their concrete driveways and walks ready for winter. Snow and ice can cause damage, diminishing a home's curb appeal! So before you get out the snow shovel, ...


HUD, FEMA Announce Assistance Program for Families Displaced by Hurricane Ike

RISMEDIA, Sept. 26, 2008-The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a rental assistance program that will provide temporary rental payments and case management services to help thousands of families who were displaced by Hurricane Ike. The new program, slated to ...


Fall Decorating Tips to Warm Your Home

RISMEDIA, Sept. 25, 2008-When the weather begins to turn cold, take cues from fall to warm up your world. Think about the decorating styles that appeal to you and use the following tips for guidance: ...


Green Homes – Energy and Water Efficient Products and Practices

By Angela Curry ...


Living within Your Means & Creating a Financial Strategy

By Dave Marcus ...


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