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Did You Know – Central Air in Summer Can Use More Energy Than Fridge on All Year?

RISMEDIA, June 9, 2009-(MCT)-A big energy hog in the house is the refrigerator, but so is the central air conditioner. Although central air conditioning is on only a few months of the year, the annual cost can be much greater than the annual cost of running your refrigerator. ...


Cheer Up! Colorful Furniture Brightens Homes, Lightens Mood

RISMEDIA, June 9, 2009-(MCT)-Color choices in furniture over the past decade have been mostly "brown, brown or more brown," said Louis Slone, owner of Slone Brothers Furniture in Longwood, Fla. ...


Builders Serving Mature Home Buyer Market See More Consumer Interest

RISMEDIA, June 8, 2009-Builders of single-family housing for the mature home buyer market reported an increase in traffic of prospective buyers during the first quarter of this year, according to the 55+ Housing Market Index (55+ HMI) released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The component measuring ...


First-time Home Buyers Grabbing Houses and Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, June 4, 2009-(MCT)-Generation Y is getting jazzed about a new $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time home buyers-jumping at the opportunity to move up and out of their rentals. ...


Homeowners, Renters and Businesses – Prepare for Disaster Before It Strikes

RISMEDIA, June 4, 2009-As those living near the Gulf of Mexico and along the Eastern Seaboard prepare for another Atlantic Hurricane season, which began June 1 and runs through November 30, the U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, homeowners and renters nationwide to write down their emergency preparedness ...


Down Market? How about an Ideal Opportunity?

RISMEDIA, June 4, 2009-With the passing of an $8,000 tax credit for first-time buyers, much has been made about the great opportunity available to those who have never owned a home. Yet, the reality is that today's market offers just as many advantages for existing homeowners wishing to move-up ...


In Wake of Foreclosures, Mosquitoes Pose Serious Issues

RISMEDIA, June 4, 2009-Although national consumer confidence has risen in recent months, the recession is still significantly affecting homeowners. RealtyTrac reported in April 2009 that national home foreclosures were up 32% over just one year ago. More, according to CNN, Nevada, Florida, California and Arizona continue to lead the nation ...


Tax Credit Is Good News for Prospective Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, June 3, 2009-(MCT)-The popularity of reality-based TV shows focusing on the experiences of first-time home buyers paints a rosy picture, but the recent national news of mortgage foreclosures has darkened that picture a bit. ...


BREAKING NEWS – Pending Home Sales Up for Three Months in a Row

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-Record low mortgage interest rates boosted pending home sales for the third consecutive month, with some benefit now from the first-time buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®.


Retire Debt-free – 4 Ways to Avoid Retirement Debt

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-(MCT)-Not so long ago, Americans retired debt-free. Then, somewhere along the way, that changed. Now more and more Americans are retiring with debt, with mortgages, with home-equity lines of credit, with credit-card debt, with auto loans and ...


Family Finds Alternative to Wrecking Ball

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-(MCT)-When Mike Barry had his 2,250-square-foot Danville, Calif., home torn down to the dirt, the waste fit into just one large metal trash bin. ...


Does Your Roof Need to Be White to Save Energy?

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Energy encouraged Americans to paint their roofs white, in an effort to reduce global warming by both conserving energy and reflecting sunlight back into space. Speaking in London prior to an international summit on combating climate change, Dr. Chu said that the ...


User-Friendly Real Estate Book Contains Tools to Help Buyers Avoid Costly Mistakes

RISMEDIA, May 30, 2009-Two real estate experts are launching an updated, user-friendly real estate buyers' guide that simplifies and demystifies the real estate-buying process for the average American. ...


Will Downpayment Assistance Help the U.S. Housing Market?

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-With home prices falling nearly 20% in the first quarter of 2009, Ann Ashburn, president of AmeriDream outlined four reasons why the U.S. economy and the next generation of homeowners would benefit from downpayment assistance funded in part by sellers (DPA). Congress is currently considering H.R. 600, ...


GE Security Begins Voluntary ActiveKEY Replacement

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-GE Security recently identified a potential safety issue that may affect your ActiveKEY and has isolated the source to a shipment of batteries received from a vendor last year. Testing has revealed that certain batteries from this shipment do not currently meet the vendor's specification and, in ...


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