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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? ...


Help Homeowners, Economy Immediately, Says NAR

RISMEDIA, Jan. 21, 2008-The National Association of Realtors® urged President George W. Bush and Congress to help homeowners and the national economy by loosening constraints on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as an integral part of a federal stimulus package currently being discussed. ...


Every Home Can be the ‘Perfect’ Listing

RISMEDIA, Jan. 19, 2008-(MCT)-First impressions are the most important and you never get a second chance to make that first impression. If you are planning to put your home on the real estate market this spring and it has the "lived-in" look, or needs a general sprucing up, consider staging ...


A Cry for Help: Foreclosure Prevention Hotline Shatters Records

RISMEDIA, Jan. 17, 2008-Is foreclosure becoming an epidemic in our country? If the numbers being reported to the Homeownership Preservation Foundation's Homeowner's HOPETM Hotline are any indication, there is cause for concern. ...


The Fight for Good Credit

RISMEDIA, Jan. 17, 2008-(MCT)-Remember trying to refinance during the real estate boom? You were lucky if your broker or lender returned your calls within two weeks. ...


The $1,000 Tax Mistake

RISMEDIA, Jan. 17, 2008-(MCT)-You know tax-filing season is off to a rough start when the government tells taxpayers: Don't follow the instructions. ...