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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? ...


California Real Estate Commissioner Announces Issuance of Fraud Warning

RISMEDIA, June 25, 2009-The California Real Estate Commissioner, Jeff Davi, announced the issuance of a Consumer Alert by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) warning consumers about loan modification scams and informing consumers of what they can do to protect themselves. ...


May Existing-Home Sales Continue Rising Trend

RISMEDIA, June 24, 2009-Sales of existing homes showed another gain in May, benefiting from favorable affordability conditions and a first-time buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®. May's increase was the first back-to-back monthly gain since September 2005. ...


Taking Our Property Back: Eminent Domain 2009

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2009-June 23 marks the four-year anniversary of the controversial Supreme Court decision in Kelo vs. New London, Conn., in which a homeowner, Susette Kelo, was attempting to stop the City from taking her modest pink, Victorian cottage with a view of the Thames River to make way for ...


Saving Plenty – Tips from the Coupon Queen

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2009-(MCT)-Susan Samtur was armed with so many coupons that the grocery store cashier had to keep hitting a button to make sure she got credit for it all. To be exact, she racked up $143.66 in coupon savings. ...


Zillow.com Adds New iPhone OS 3.0 Features to Zillow Application

RISMEDIA, June 19, 2009-Real estate website Zillow.com announced the availability of the second version of its Zillow app, which integrates features made possible by the release of iPhone OS 3.0 update. Search filtering and the ability to save favorite homes were among the features most requested by the 402,000 users ...


Homeowners Foundation Highlights Dangers for Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, June 19, 2009-The American Homeowners Foundation (AHF), the independent national nonprofit consumer education organization serving American homeowners since 1984, has published a free guide to help home buyers avoid the many traps related to buyer representation. These traps have lead to thousands of lawsuits and caused many home buyers ...


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? ...


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