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In Wake of Foreclosures, Mosquitoes Pose Serious Issues

RISMEDIA, June 4, 2009-Although national consumer confidence has risen in recent months, the recession is still significantly affecting homeowners. RealtyTrac reported in April 2009 that national home foreclosures were up 32% over just one year ago. More, according to CNN, Nevada, Florida, California and Arizona continue to lead the nation ...


Tax Credit Is Good News for Prospective Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, June 3, 2009-(MCT)-The popularity of reality-based TV shows focusing on the experiences of first-time home buyers paints a rosy picture, but the recent national news of mortgage foreclosures has darkened that picture a bit. ...


BREAKING NEWS – Pending Home Sales Up for Three Months in a Row

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-Record low mortgage interest rates boosted pending home sales for the third consecutive month, with some benefit now from the first-time buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®.


Retire Debt-free – 4 Ways to Avoid Retirement Debt

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-(MCT)-Not so long ago, Americans retired debt-free. Then, somewhere along the way, that changed. Now more and more Americans are retiring with debt, with mortgages, with home-equity lines of credit, with credit-card debt, with auto loans and ...


Family Finds Alternative to Wrecking Ball

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-(MCT)-When Mike Barry had his 2,250-square-foot Danville, Calif., home torn down to the dirt, the waste fit into just one large metal trash bin. ...


Does Your Roof Need to Be White to Save Energy?

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-Recently, the U.S. Secretary of Energy encouraged Americans to paint their roofs white, in an effort to reduce global warming by both conserving energy and reflecting sunlight back into space. Speaking in London prior to an international summit on combating climate change, Dr. Chu said that the ...


User-Friendly Real Estate Book Contains Tools to Help Buyers Avoid Costly Mistakes

RISMEDIA, May 30, 2009-Two real estate experts are launching an updated, user-friendly real estate buyers' guide that simplifies and demystifies the real estate-buying process for the average American. ...


Will Downpayment Assistance Help the U.S. Housing Market?

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-With home prices falling nearly 20% in the first quarter of 2009, Ann Ashburn, president of AmeriDream outlined four reasons why the U.S. economy and the next generation of homeowners would benefit from downpayment assistance funded in part by sellers (DPA). Congress is currently considering H.R. 600, ...


GE Security Begins Voluntary ActiveKEY Replacement

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-GE Security recently identified a potential safety issue that may affect your ActiveKEY and has isolated the source to a shipment of batteries received from a vendor last year. Testing has revealed that certain batteries from this shipment do not currently meet the vendor's specification and, in ...


New Rules Imposed on Credit Card Industry Aim to Help Consumers

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-(MCT)-President Obama recently put forth law designed to rein in a credit card industry widely condemned for snaring consumers in financially crippling traps. ...


Lifestyle and Economic Changes May be Permanent – Tips to Adjust and Prosper in ‘Reset’ Economy

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2009-Shock dealt by the market is laying the foundation for deep, long-term change where quick or temporary adjustments won't do. Rocked to their core, consumers are saying a good-bye to frivolous expenditures. In fact, Americans say that even after the recession ends, their spending will return to ...


Public Information vs. Private Information – Where to Draw the Line in an Online World

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2009-Don't you just love all of the information that is available virtually instantaneously? We are so accustomed to this as a lifestyle that many of us, while sitting 3,000 miles away from our destination in an airport lounge can feel frustrated if it takes longer than three ...


More ‘Gold’ for the Golden Years: 5 Reasons for Seniors to Rent Their Vacation Properties

RISMEDIA, May 23, 2009-It seemed like a great idea 20 years ago. You'd buy that condo in Florida, vacation there as often as possible, then someday sell your primary residence and spend your "golden years" basking in the sun. But like so many Americans, the nation's recent economic troubles have ...


Single-Family Starts and Permits Edge Higher in April

RISMEDIA, May 21, 2009-Production of single-family homes edged upward in April 2009 as builders responded to improving conditions for new-home buyers, according to newly released figures by the U.S. Commerce Department. While overall starts fell 12.8% to a record-low seasonally adjusted ...


It’s All about Me…How Taking Care of Yourself Allows You to Care Better for Others

RISMEDIA, May 21, 2009-Today is my "I can do anything" day. I think that we could all do with one of those days where we maintain that anything is possible. Today I am going to stash all the stuff that I have been carrying around with me into one big ...


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