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Seeing Red – HouseMaster Highlights Red Flags for Home Buyers during National Home Inspection Month

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2009-HouseMaster, a North American inspection franchisor, reminds buyers and sellers that a professional home inspection is critical when buying or selling a home. As April marks National Home Inspection Month and the start of the peak home buying season, HouseMaster is providing consumers with a simple list ...


Even in Tight Economy, Most Americans ‘Live to Work’

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2009-With the U.S. economy ailing and companies laying off millions of Americans who are anxiously searching for employment, a new CIGNA survey shows that for the majority of Americans, work means a lot more to them than a paycheck to cover the bills. ...


Tips for Tenants – Know Your Rights

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2009-As the state of the economy and tighter lending rules make it hard for many prospective homebuyers to get into a home these days, renting has become an affordable option to many of these individuals. If you are in the market to rent a home instead of ...


BH&G Real Estate to Participate in Historic ‘Earth Hour’ Tomorrow: 1,800 Cities around the World Will ‘Go Dark’ in Support of Climate Change Initiatives

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2009-As momentum builds around the world for the first global vote for action on climate change, more than 1,800 cities around the world are planning to participate in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour tomorrow, where some of the world's most recognizable buildings will ‘go dark,' turning ...


6 Questions to Ask When Considering a Reverse Mortgage

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2009-Reverse mortgages have become an increasingly important financial tool for people 62 and older who want to remain in their home and fund their retirement. And, with 78 million Baby Boomers approaching retirement, interest is expected to grow. Despite this, many Americans are still unclear about how ...


Short Sales Test Homebuyers’ Patience

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2009-(MCT)-Those searching for the best housing bargains on the market might consider buying a short-sale property, but there's an important qualification for buyers interested in going this route: They need plenty of patience. ...


In a Troubled Economy, CFOs Explore Layoff Alternatives

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2009-While confidence in the U.S. economy and leadership remain low among CFOs of American companies, many are speaking out and taking action to protect their own businesses and workforce, according to the most recent quarterly survey conducted by Financial Executives International (FEI) and Baruch College's Zicklin School ...


Homebuyers Face Hardship as Tighter Lending Rules Keep Them from Mortgages

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2009-(MCT)-Even with interest rates at historic lows and billions of new government dollars flowing into the financial system, getting a mortgage isn't as easy and smooth a process as it used to be. The difference between wishing ...


How to Tell Clients What’s Affordable

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2009-Traditionally, real estate and mortgage professionals have encouraged homeowners to stretch - to shop for homes at the upper end of their affordability range. We wanted them to maximize their investment, and we were seeing property values ...


Attorney-Based Loan Modifications Helping Struggling Southern Californians Save Their Homes

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2009-Amid the buzz about Obama's housing market rescue plan with $75 billion earmarked to help troubled borrowers and otherwise stem the housing crisis at large, it's also been widely reported that more than half of the loans modified in the first quarter of 2008 "went bad again ...


Ask the Top5 Expert – Short Sales 101

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2009-As the real estate market continues to spiral downward, real estate agents across the country are adapting their services to better help the millions of homeowners who are facing foreclosure and other serious trouble. Here, Rosemary West, The Rosemary West Team, RE/MAX Realty in Joliet, Illinois, discusses ...


Media Companies Struggle to Keep Pace with Digital-Savvy Consumers

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2009-According to a major new global IBM study, media companies are falling behind in meeting the growing expectations of digital savvy consumers and the advertisers looking to reach them. Based on surveys of 2,800 consumers across six countries and extensive one-on-one interviews with advertising industry professionals around ...


‘Tis the Season – With Spring Comes a New Savings Plan

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2009-(MCT)-The Government has calculated the savings rate within America as being close to zero for a number of years, but as we find ourselves in the throes of a recession, most Americans are taking a step back ...


Here Comes the Sun – 6 Ways Vacation Homeowners Can Revamp Their Marketing Plans to Catch Summer Travelers

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2009-As the days get longer (and warmer), more and more Americans turn their thoughts to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. In the past, this time of year had vacation homeowners rubbing their hands together in gleeful anticipation of a healthy booking season. But now that ...


MBA’s Appeal Grows in Shrinking Economy

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2009-(MCT)-Add this number to the many facts and figures being bandied about during this recession: 246,957. This number corresponds to the record-high number of GMAT exams that were administered to aspiring MBA candidates last year. ...


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