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How the Stimulus Plan May Affect Your Mortgage

RISMEDIA, February 26, 2009-Now that President Barack Obama's $787 Billion Economic Stimulus Bill has been signed into law and will take effect on March 4, many American homeowners are anxiously wondering how this bill may affect the housing market. Despite primarily focusing on bolstering the economy by creating jobs and ...


Builder Hopes Smaller, Better Homes Will Replace McMansions

RISMEDIA, February 26, 2009-(MCT)-Many in the building industry see the housing market's troubles as a disaster. Russell Versaci sees them as an opportunity. ...


Alternative Lawns Can Help Save Water

RISMEDIA, February 25, 2009-(MCT)-It may be time to rethink that large expanse of green growing in front of your house. ...


Economy Spurs Less Demand by Renters

RISMEDIA, February 25, 2009-(MCT)-The rental market is softening, spurred by a feeble economy that has more people searching for roommates or moving home with their parents. ...


House Swaps Picking up in Slow Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-(MCT)-About two weeks ago, Leonard and Blynda Masters moved into Kathleen Jordan's Fort Caroline home, and Jordan and her four sons moved into the Masters' home, about four miles away. No, they weren't doing it for a ...


Healthy Humidity and Your Home

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-Winter generally brings very low humidity to our homes and the extreme dryness can cause health and other problems. Here, we discuss some ideas on how to combat both low and high humidity in your home. ...


Tax Breaks Pile up for California Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-(MCT)-Major housewarming gifts worth thousands of dollars are piling up for Sacramento-area couples and singles who buy a house in 2009. ...


More People Finding New Ways to Pinch Pennies

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-(MCT)-Bernhard Erb, of Monroeville, and his family are conserving electricity by unplugging appliances. Saving more money and paying off debt has driven the Erb family to make a habit of unplugging all electronics they aren't using in their home. ...


The Basics of Moving and Taxation

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2009-Now that 2008 is over, it's the right time for you and your clients to begin thinking about taxes. Many of us are getting our records in order in preparation for tax day, April 15, 2009. If you or your clients have made a move this year, ...


Banking on the ‘Mortgage Stool’

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2009-(MCT)-You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to get your mortgage application approved these days, but it wouldn't hurt. ...


Home Improvement Q&A – Questions to Ask When Interviewing Contractors

Q: We're ready to go to bid on potential contractors-the plans are done, all the options that we can foresee have been selected, and we have a list of recommended contractors we're going to ask for proposals. One of our biggest concerns is that we'll "miss something" when we interview ...


Home energy Q&A – Daylighting Your Home

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When There’s No $ for the Rent

RISMEDIA, February 20, 2009-(MCT)-The national housing loan crunch that has hurt homebuyers with poor credit is also adversely affecting renters. But local real estate agents and developers say the demand for rental units remains strong. ...


How One Family Avoided Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, February 20, 2009-(MCT)-Jodi Pope hadn't expected the squeeze she and her family were suddenly facing. ...


Builders Launch Tax Credit Website

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has launched a newly designed website that provides detailed information about the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers that is a key measure in the sweeping economic stimulus legislation signed into law today by President Barack Obama. ...


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