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A Sinking Feeling: One-in-Five Homeowners Feels ‘Underwater’ on Mortgages

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2009-The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that 20% of all homeowners-or 30% of mortgage holders-say that if they had to sell their home right now, it would sell ...


Filing Taxes Online Proves Beneficial

RISMEDIA, March 16, 2009-(MCT)-With a looming tax day comes some last-minute advice and information from the experts. ...


Half-Million New Jersey Homeowners Could Miss Property Tax Appeal Deadline

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2009-A property tax analytics expert warns that 500,000 or more New Jersey homeowners may lose an average savings of $1,919 by failing to file their tax appeals by April 1. ...


A New Homeowner Blossoms

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2009-(MCT)-Like many people in the Bay Area, Odette Essary was a longtime renter. ...


How to Prune Your Garden Budget This Spring

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2009-(MCT)-One way to rein in your plant purchases this spring without putting a damper on your dream garden is to use annuals-especially those you can start from seeds sown directly into the garden. For 15 to 25 bucks-the price of one or two flats of flowers or ...


10 Timely Home-Related Tax Tips

RISMEDIA, March 9, 2009-Tax season is upon us, and homeowners everywhere will reap the benefits of tax breaks and incentives. Homeowners and potential home buyers should know what expenses are deductible and the ins-and-outs of new tax laws, says FrontDoor.com. ...


Scammers Finding Open Door at Foreclosed Homes

RISMEDIA, March 9, 2009-(MCT)-Ellis County, Texas, Constable Mike Jones drove his white cruiser through the neighborhood of palatial two-story homes and lush lawns. He stopped in front of a house with an overgrown weedy lot and a Ford Probe jacked up in the driveway. ...


As Economic Suffering Spreads, So Do Financial Scams

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Tax Credits Help Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2009-(MCT)-Minette and Efren Gomez spent much of last year looking for a house to buy and finally settled on a new townhome at Brookfield Homes' Cordova at Windingwalk in eastern Chula Vista. ...


Strategies to Help Homeowners Maximize Real Estate Value and Sales Price

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2009-For home owners contemplating selling their homes in the current market, Relocation.com, a leading online consumer resource for moving services, offers several tips to help sellers maximize the final sale price, get the home sold quickly and move on to their new home. While many factors come ...


To Appreciate the Appreciation in Real Estate, Long-Term

RISMEDIA, March 2, 2009-What are the general principles we all learned about long-term investing? Research and plan. Buy low, sell high. Keep some liquid assets for short-term emergencies. These basic tenets still apply, at least in real estate. ...


Fear of Foreclosure Exposure?

RISMEDIA, February 27, 2009-(MCT)-Programs are available to help some people avoid housing foreclosure, but getting people to attend a free seminar has proven to be a challenge. For the second time, no one showed up to make use of information on offer at a scheduled foreclosure intervention seminar Monday evening ...


Is Green Building the Economy’s Bright Spot?

RISMEDIA, February 26, 2009-New studies and reports point to green building as one of the growing bright spots for the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Green Building Council ...


How the Stimulus Plan May Affect Your Mortgage

RISMEDIA, February 26, 2009-Now that President Barack Obama's $787 Billion Economic Stimulus Bill has been signed into law and will take effect on March 4, many American homeowners are anxiously wondering how this bill may affect the housing market. Despite primarily focusing on bolstering the economy by creating jobs and ...


Builder Hopes Smaller, Better Homes Will Replace McMansions

RISMEDIA, February 26, 2009-(MCT)-Many in the building industry see the housing market's troubles as a disaster. Russell Versaci sees them as an opportunity. ...


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