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Orlando Real Estate Inventory Increases, Stalling Sellers Place Homes on Market – Regional Spotlight

RISMEDIA, Feb. 13, 2008-The multi-month decline in the number of homes available for purchase in the Orlando area reversed its trend in January, when 1,426 homes were added to the inventory. January historically sees an upward spike in inventory as a result of owners who hold out until after the ...


Hamptons Real Estate Summer Rental Market Booms despite Shaky Economy

RISMEDIA, Feb. 13, 2008-(MCT)-If you think it's too early to book your summer vacation in the Hamptons, think again. The first buds of spring may be weeks away, but in the Hamptons, real estate agents say, the rental season is already going full throttle. ...


How a Home Inspection Checklist Helps Real Estate Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, Feb. 13, 2008-For many years prospective home buyers had little choice in what homes to pick to purchase. It seems like all the best homes disappeared from the market within days for the listing price or in many cases tens of thousands of dollars more than the listing price. ...


Need Help Understanding Home Loans? Buyers and Sellers Should Take Time to Read the Fine Print

RISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-(MCT)-The foreclosure crisis is focusing new attention on the need for consumers to understand what they are signing when they take out a loan to buy a home.Clearly, some salesmen misled some consumers. But there's reason to believe other consumers didn't carefully read what was put in ...


Homeowner Entertainment Idea – Fondue is Fashionable Again

RISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-(MCT)-It's your turn to host next month's girls' night. Not sure what to do for food and entertainment? Why not try something old yet new at the same time? Try fondue, which is having a resurgence. There are plenty of recipes online, as well as books dedicated ...


Condo Living – Buyers and Sellers Combat Noise Issue

RISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-Brian Verban knows quiet when he hears it ... or not. He and wife Jamie grew up in small-town Illinois and in suburban Franklin, Wis., respectively. When they're home, they want to live in their own noise, and when they want to talk with their neighbors, they ...


Home Utility Savings – Snuggle up to New Bedding

RISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-We've still got plenty of chill weather ahead, and if you think your only options are to crank up the heat or shiver between the covers, think some more. Turn down the heat, save on that utility bill, and outfit your bed to keep you warm and ...


How to Help Homeowners Maintain Value

RISMEDIA, Feb. 11, 2008-With reports that foreclosures are up 51% from 2006 and that home ownership took a record plunge in 2007, it's clear that 2008 will be a year of economic uncertainty, and at worst, a year of continuing downturn. As consumers continue to feel the squeeze, the American ...


Real Estate Advice: Rent It Out or Leave It Vacant?

Commentary by Rob Massey ...


Hues to Use: Neutral and Natural Are Hot in Homes This Year

RISMEDIA, Feb. 8, 2008-(MCT)--What's in store for home decor in 2008? Expect to see a lot of anything that looks "natural." Slubby undyed linen upholstery. Neutral-colored natural-fiber rugs. Tables made to look like logs. ...


Success for the Real Estate Auction Avenue

RISMEDIA, Feb. 7, 2008-Recently, one company shared a statistic with the industry that may come as a surprise-claiming 2007 as a record year. Upon hearing the words ‘record year' and ‘2007' used in the same sentence, many wonder what the secret was to their success. Here, we introduce Tony Isbell, ...


Borrowers Bugged by ‘Trigger Lead’ Calls

RISMEDIA, Feb. 7, 2008-(MCT)-There is a bee buzzing in the bonnet of many mortgage brokers right now. And some consumers who have encountered the marketing tactic at issue might not be too pleased, either. ...


Going, Going…Solar

RISMEDIA, Feb. 7, 2008- (MCT)-Q: Several of my neighbors have had solar water heaters installed and they're very happy with them, even though we live in the Midwest in an area that doesn't always seem very sunny. I'm disappointed that they're still so much more expensive than non-solar systems, and ...


What’s Hot, What’s Not: Spotting the New Home Trends of `08

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-(MCT)-Wenge, it's been good to know you. Sunken Jacuzzis, we had some good times. Blue and brown, I can't believe it's over. But after a couple of years of same-old, same-old on the home-front, winds of change are blowing in. Some are driven by fashion, others by ...


Think Summer: How to Find Rentals before the Weather Heats Up

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-Even though temperatures outside are still hovering near freezing and Fourth of July heat is months away, now is the time to find better oceanfront summer rentals on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the New Jersey Shore or the Maine Coast. ...