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The 10 ‘Best Places’ to Live in Rural America

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-Kent County, Maryland, was awarded top honors in the fourth annual edition of the "Best Places to Live in Rural America" rankings by The Progressive Farmer magazine, released this week. Each year, the rankings name the top 10 rural counties in the nation, according to several quality-of-life ...


Fed Rate Cut: What’s in It for You: Could Mean Lower Mortgage, Car, Credit Card Bills

By Louis Llovio ...


Are People Tuned in to Digital Changes?

By Jim Stafford ...


Sellers Offering Agents Bonuses; Tactic Unlikely to Move Homes

RISMEDIA, Feb. 1, 2008-(MCT)-"Sell my house, and I'll give you a bonus on top of your commission." That's the message some home sellers are sending to buyers' real estate agents. They hope offering an extra $3,000, $5,000 or more will stir up interest in their properties and motivate more real ...


Mortgage Spam Jumps in Response to Fed Rate Cut

RISMEDIA, Feb. 1, 2008-Spam about mortgage refinancing jumped to 10% of all spam in the past week in conjunction with the recent interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve, according to research by Commtouch. Further changes expected to be announced today may spur even more finance-related spam - always ...


Survey: Renters Are Packing up in Search of Employment and Cheaper Apartments

RISMEDIA, Feb. 1, 2008-The two key factors driving more than half (55%) of renters to move in 2008 are relocating for a job and reducing the cost of rent, according to a national survey from Apartments.com to current renters. Almost half of renters (48%) surveyed said they are moving to ...


Now Playing in Your Living Room: Super Bowl XLII

RISMEDIA, Jan. 31, 2008-If you've been eyeing those fancy new televisions in stores lately, you've got a lot of company. Super Bowl season-the game is Feb. 3-is one of the top times of the year for TV sales, and this year there's the added incentive of major price breaks that ...


Your Home: Patent on Pizzazz

RISMEDIA, Jan. 31, 2008-(MCT)-The stuff that put the gloss on your Mary Janes is now adding a little glitz to the home. Patent leather has sauntered off the fashion runway and into our living spaces, lending its gleam to accent pieces, accessories and even upholstery. It's still a niche product ...


Fuel Tips For Your Home

Commentary by Cecilia Sherrard ...


Tricks of the Trade: Tips to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

RISMEDIA, Jan. 29, 2008-Visual tricks are a very important tool of interior design. Colors, light, furniture and decorative pieces can be arranged the right way to make a statement, or to make a space look smaller...or bigger. At Home Rewards(SM), a discount membership program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, knows ...


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 ...