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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 ...


With Housing Sales Slow, Many Turn to Auctions

By Alan J. Heavens ...


Tips for Helping Your Clients Boost Credit Scores, Strengthen Financial Footing

RISMEDIA, Sept. 16, 2008-It is a three-digit score that can shape your financial future, whether you plan to buy a new car or qualify for a reasonable mortgage loan to buy the home of your dreams. Your credit score is a determining factor in whether you obtain financing and at ...


For Your Clients – Tips to Help Keep the Critters Outdoors

By Tom Skevin ...


Renters Insurance – Don’t Live at Home without It

By Eve Mitchell ...


First-time Home Buyers – Mastering the Basics of Real Estate

By Brian Everstine ...


Mortgages 101 – Tips to Help Clients Avoid Pitfalls

By Vicki Lee Parker ...


Homeowner Puts Energy-saving Strategies to the Test

By Jim Fuquay ...


4 Ways to Spruce up a Home for Sale

By Marshall Loeb ...


How the New Housing and Recovery Act Can Affect Seniors

RISMEDIA, August 21, 2008-The Housing and Recovery Act of 2008 is going to affect more than first time home buyers, it will affect seniors too. ...


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