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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in LA Rolls Out Welcome Mat for Multi-media Real Estate Resource

RISMEDIA, July 17, 2009-Looking for a new home? Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Greater Los Angeles has announced the launch of CB View, a comprehensive multi-media real estate resource for locating homes for sale and open house listings throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. ...


Number of Americans Delaying Retirement beyond Age 70 Increases because of Economic Crisis

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2009-The current economic crisis is having a lasting impact on many older Americans, forcing them to make difficult financial decision because they have so little time and resources available to them to recover from losses in the housing and financial markets. ...


9 Ways to Ignite Innovation Inside Your Company…and Light Your Way out of the Recession

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2009-The recession is in full swing, and companies everywhere are feeling the pain. Yours is likely no exception. Shrinking budgets, sweeping layoffs, and a smothering malaise that's settled over your workforce make it hard to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes, even the ...


30-year Fixed Rates Continue Month-Long Decline

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased last week to 5.26 percent, down from 5.40 percent the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by leading real estate Web site Zillow.com . Meanwhile, rates for ...


Appraisal Institute Applauds Freddie Mac’s Revised Guidelines

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2009-The Appraisal Institute, one of the nation's largest real estate appraisal organizations, has applauded Freddie Mac's newly revised guidelines for mortgage lenders emphasizing the use of qualified and experienced real estate appraisers. ...


National Real Estate President Connects with the General Public

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2009-EXIT Realty Corp. International announces a live, free, public webinar series starring the President of the US Organization, Tami Bonnell. ...


Freddie Mac YouTube Video Shows Delinquent Borrowers How to Make More Effective Phone Calls to Servicers

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2009-Freddie Mac recently posted a new video on youtube.com that shows late-paying borrowers how gathering a few financial documents before calling a mortgage servicer can cut the time needed to determine their eligibility and process their application for a loan modification under President Obama's Making Home Affordable ...


How to Design A Kid’s Room with Staying Power

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2009-(MCT)-Dora the Explorer can undergo all the makeovers she wants - that Dora comforter is still getting chucked faster than last year's gym shoes when Hannah Montana comes calling. And therein lies the quandary for parents trying ...


Home improvement Q&A: Getting That Deck Cleaned, Better Late Than Never

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2009-(MCT)-Q: I know you've written many times about cleaning decks, but mine is looking kind of dingy and, because it sits on the north side of our house, is coated in mildew. The deck is gray, but the color is more greenish-black. Can you dig into your ...


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. ...


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