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Consumer News and Advice Archive


5 Tips to Keep your Home Mold-Free this Spring

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2008-In the wake of this winter's major meltdown, and with spring's rainy season at our doorsteps, excessive household moisture exposure and water damage could cause mold to take hold in your home. ...


What’s Your Hue? Home & Garden Party Says Color, Contrast among Trends

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2008-It is the spring season, a time when flowers are in bloom and the sun's shine is brighter. Ideally enough, "bloom" and "bright" are also words that could describe home design trends this time of year. According to Jeff Floyd, director of product development for Home & ...


RezHub.com Launches Integrated Green Travel Search

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2008-RezHub.com, an online travel agency, broke ground this week with the integration of a revolutionary green travel search. With the kick-off of their new travel search, RezHub.com becomes the first travel site in history to incorporate Green Score ratings and information in every hotel search. Travelers now ...


Consumer Confidence Plummets in March

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2008-(MCT)-Consumer confidence plummeted to a five-year low in March, according to a report released Tuesday, as Americans gloomily surveyed an economic landscape blighted by soaring energy costs, rising inflation, sinking home values and a downturn in the job market. ...


Don’t Get ‘Fooled’ by Home Improvement Scams

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2008-"April Fool's!" Many people have heard that oh-so-familiar saying when someone plays a joke on them in celebration of the comical holiday. However, this April - and actually this entire spring season - Mr. Handyman, warns local homeowners not to get "fooled" by handyman scam artists when ...


Sunlight and Clay Make for ‘Greenest’ Home

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2008-(MCT)-When some couples plan their dream home, they fantasize about Olympic-size swimming pools and walk-in closets. Scott and Jackie Wood fantasized about sunlight. ...


6 Things to Keep in Mind When Looking for Mortgage Financing

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2008-There are six critical things prospective home buyers need to do in this sometimes confusing market, says Kansas City mortgage expert Bruce Brown, founder of the website http://www.MortgageAnswersFast.com. ...


Living Outside: Garden Rooms Offer a Place to Relax Outdoors

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2008-(MCT)-For years, the side yard of Jay and Sylvia Gonzalez's Reedley, Calif., home was left bare and empty. When the couple went outside, it was usually to use the pool and covered patio in the backyard. Last year, though, they decided it was time to do something ...


Reducing Your Carbon Footprints – Awnings

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2008-Reducing carbon footprints is a growing trend among eco-minded homeowners. However, according to statistics from the United Nations, every American is responsible for an average of 22 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year, far above the world average of six tons per capita. ...


Tougher Home Purchase Standards May Result in Big Down Payment

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2008-(MCT)-Would-be homeowners with middling credit scores are finding mortgages difficult to come by as wary lenders clamp down on credit. Credit score guidelines for conforming loans-loans eligible for purchase by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-tightened in late February, said Brian Goode, president of Badgerland Mortgage ...


C.A.R. and the Los Angeles Times Team up to Sponsor Free Home Buyer’s Fair

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2008-The California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) and the Los Angeles Times are sponsoring the Southern California Home Buyer's Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ...


Have Good Tools? Get in the Garden

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2008-(MCT)-With the coming spring tempting folks to spend more time outside, many people may be eyeing their flower beds, wondering what new plants would make great additions or replacements. ...


3 Steps to Cutting Property Taxes

By Marshall Loeb ...


HUD Proposes Mortgage Reform to Help Real Estate Consumers

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2008-In an effort to significantly improve the complicated, unclear and costly home buying process, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson proposed mortgage reform designed to help consumers better understand their loan terms so that they can shop more effectively for the largest purchase of their ...


When Walking Out on Mortgage Is the Wrong Answer

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2008-(MCT)-There's a terrible idea apparently spreading amid the mortgage meltdown that the best solution to foreclosure is to stop paying your mortgage and abandon your home. There are even companies springing up that help homeowners "walk away" for about $1,000. ...