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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. ...


Are Brokered CDs too Good to be True? Look Closer

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2009-(MCT)-William Katker thought he was playing it safe and smart when he parked some retirement money last year in a high-yield certificate of deposit he purchased through his stock brokerage. Katker's government-insured six-month CD had an annual percentage yield of nearly 4%, which easily beat the returns ...


Home Buyer Beware – 3 Little-Known Moving Scams

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2009-With millions of Americans moving this summer-the busiest part of the moving season-it bears repeating: beware of unscrupulous moving companies. Relocation.com, the leading online consumer resource for moving services, identified some of the less familiar tricks to avoid and offers guidelines to prevent getting taken. ...


Survey Reveals How Americans View Homeownership as a Way to Build Wealth

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2009-(MCT)-Nearly half of American adults who participated in a recent survey said they no longer believe that homeownership is a realistic way to build wealth, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling reported this week. ...


Retire, and Be Happy – The 7 Keys to a Successful Retirement

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2009-(MCT)-Dead is the new retirement. OK, that doesn't sound appealing, but working till you drop is a heck of a lot better than playing crappy golf at the country club, eating chicken salad sandwiches for lunch, and complaining ...


FrontDoor.com Expands Audience Through Partnership with Internet Broadcasting

RISMEDIA, June 26, 2009-HGTV's real estate website FrontDoor.com now opens the door for millions of additional Web users to find the latest in home listings combined with trusted home-related videos and information. A new strategic content distribution partnership announced today will see FrontDoor content featured prominently across the Internet ...


Free Home Rescue Fair to Combat Rising Foreclosures in California

RISMEDIA, June 26, 2009-In response to predictions that there will be more than 400,000 new foreclosures in California this year, the Alliance for Stabilizing our Communities-led by the National Urban League (NUL), NCLR (National Council of La Raza), and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)-with ...


Tips for Keeping Air Conditioner in Good Condition

RISMEDIA, June 26, 2009-(MCT)-Q: Does an air conditioner need any anything done to it once the season begins? ...


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