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Shedding Light on Frugal Bulbs

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2008-(MCT)-It's hip to be twisty these days. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are praised as energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. They're also the wave of the future-the U.S. government recently approved new lighting efficiency standards, which likely will mean the end of the traditional incandescent light bulb perfected in ...


Landlords Facing Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2008-(MCT)-While South Florida's falling housing prices may favor renting rather than buying right now, the recent real estate bubble is also creating new risks for tenants. ...


7 Tools for Relocation

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2008-If you are considering relocating, or guiding a client through a relocation, there are many factors to take into consideration. The Move Advocate provides a comprehensive menu of Relocation Tools to assist in the relocation process. From calculating potential expenses to choosing the right community, these tools ...


A Fresh Coat of Paint Can Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2008-Are you planning to spruce up your home's exterior this spring? Or, are you considering placing your home on the market? No matter what the reason, a fresh coat of paint can immediately revive the overall appearance of your largest investment, your home. ...


How to Tap Your Retirement Assets to Achieve Real Estate Dreams

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2008--How many times have you run into eager real estate investors who had the bulk of their money tied up in retirement plan assets-and believed they had no way to tap those assets? Now you can help those clients and yourself utilize retirement assets to the fullest. ...


Home Maintenance Guidelines – Tips for Buyers and Sellers in Every Region

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2008-Being a homeowner comes with its own set of challenges, particularly as it relates to home maintenance. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) recognizes that geography is a significant contributor to maintenance issues and encourages homeowners to familiarize themselves with common issues in their region. ...


When it’s Time to Turn to Short Sales

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2008-(MCT)-What do you do if you're a single mother who can't afford your mortgage payments of more than $3,700 a month, but can't sell your house for anywhere near the amount you owe on the mortgage? ...


Rental Apartments Not Immune to Housing Woes

RISMEDIA, March 6, 2008-Builder confidence in the rental apartment market sagged in the fourth quarter of 2007, according to the latest results of the Multifamily Rental Market Index (MRMI) released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). ...


Consumers Give up Lattes, Travel as Economy Sours

RISMEDIA, March 6, 2008-(MCT)-With the economy in a nosedive, Americans are shedding unnecessary expenses, saving their cash and voting "no" to discretionary spending. ...


New York Real Estate – Proposal Aims to Protect Subprime

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2008-(MCT)-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer plans to introduce a bill this week intended to help subprime borrowers statewide who are at risk of losing their homes. The bill would also establish further protection in the law to prevent a similar crisis in the future, according to a ...


Home Sweet Home — StyleDesigner Allows Consumers to Scratch Their Nesting Itch

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2008-In a time when home buyers need every reassurance that they are making the right purchase, Obeo has developed a high-tech way to meet this very basic buyer need. ...


Top 10 Foreclosure Avoidance Tips

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2008-Here are 10 suggestions to avoid foreclosure, both now and in the future. ...


Home Rehab Outlook Sags with Sales

RISMEDIA, Feb. 29, 2008-(MCT)-The ebbing tide lowers all boats. Pardon the tortured metaphor, but in the current environment, it seems an apt one for the remodeling business. That's according to an analysis from the recent convention of the National Association of Home Builders in Orlando, which concluded that as housing ...


Green Power: More Homeowners Gain Access to Cleaner Energy

RISMEDIA, March 1, 2008-(MCT)-It wasn't long ago that powering a home with renewable "green" power meant erecting a windmill in the backyard or covering the roof with solar panels. ...


Tips for Selling Via an Auction

RISMEDIA, Feb. 28, 2008-(MCT)-To get a home ready for an auction, there are several steps to make to ensure the process runs smoothly. First, you should prepare the property by removing clutter, making minor and cost-effective repairs and obtaining a housing inspection report. ...