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Home Is Where the Heart Is: 5 Reasons to Escape to a Vacation Home

RISMEDIA, Jan. 29, 2008-Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so you know what that means-it's time to plan a romantic getaway just for two. Hadn't even considered it? Perhaps you'd like to jet off to a ski resort for a quiet, snowy weekend...or ...


Self-Defense Tactics: 7 Ways to Avoid a Real Estate Con Artist

By Ralph R. Roberts ...


NAR Pleased with Housing Components Included in Economic Stimulus Package

RISMEDIA, Jan. 28, 2008-The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Richard F. Gaylord: ...


Tips for a Smooth Move: How to Avoid Real Estate Closing Nightmares

RISMEDIA, Jan. 25, 2008-An unexpected problem on the day of your real estate closing can turn the experience from a dream into a nightmare. With a little research and advanced preparation you can ensure a smooth closing process before you are handed the keys to your new abode. Here are ...


National Mailing Scam Threatens Household Records

RISMEDIA, Jan. 25, 2008-The Tucson Association of Realtors® has been informed that a national company has been mailing out letters to homeowners making it seem imperative that they acquire and retain in their household records a certified copy of the deed to their house which the company will happily provide ...


For Your Clients: Easy Weekend Projects

Commentary by Cecilia SherrardRISMEDIA, Jan. 26, 2008-So the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over. No more baking, rushing to the stores or decking the halls. So what will you do with all this spare time? Why not improve the look of your home with some simple projects you ...


The Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips to Practice Year-round

RISMEDIA, Jan. 24, 2008-With 2008 in full swing, people are planning to make this year better than the last. One resolution that all companies should make year after year is make safety top priority. ...


Help Your Home Stand Out from the Crowd

RISMEDIA, Jan. 24, 2008-How can homeowners desperate to sell their home increase their chance of a quick and profitable sale in the current real estate market? ...


How Stormy Weather Affects Home Buyers

By Curtis Seltzer ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida Is More than Beaches, Says FAR

RISMEDIA, Jan. 23, 2008-With its cosmopolitan cities, world-class beaches, golf, boating and sports, Florida offers an attractive lifestyle to buyers from around the world. ...


Big Apple Gets Bigger as Demand for Larger Apartments Grows

RISMEDIA, Jan. 23, 2008-The city has always been a magnet for singles who could afford the rent. In many cases, they will even double and triple up in one apartment for the privilege of living in town rather than have to commute from the environs east, west, north and south ...


Lifestyles Grow ‘Greener,’ Leaving Smaller ‘Footprints’

RISMEDIA, Jan. 23, 2008-(MCT)-Local environmentalists in Pittsburgh are linking last week's warm weather with all the buzz of late about reducing energy use. ...


Homeowners Call for Immediate Economic Stimulus Package

RISMEDIA, Jan. 22, 2008-This week, the American Homeowners Grassroots Alliance (AHGA) called on President Bush and Democratic and Republican members of Congress to work together to craft a balanced short term economic stimulus package to head off recession and stem the surge in foreclosures that are driving the economy into ...


Dilemma for Sellers, Cut Price?

RISMEDIA, Jan. 22, 2008-(MCT)-Good friends of mine tried to sell their ranch-style house in Hazel Dell, Washington all last summer with no luck, even through they put in a new sidewalk and driveway and kept it looking tidy. ...


Your Money: Should I Tap My 401(k) to Pay Off Debts?

RISMEDIA, Jan. 21, 2008-(MCT)- Q: My wages haven't really kept up to increases in my expenses in the last year. I've racked up a large amount of credit card debt and I'm thinking about taking a loan against my 401(k) to pay off my debts. Will I regret this later? ...