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National Real Estate President Connects with the General Public

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2009-EXIT Realty Corp. International announces a live, free, public webinar series starring the President of the US Organization, Tami Bonnell. ...


Freddie Mac YouTube Video Shows Delinquent Borrowers How to Make More Effective Phone Calls to Servicers

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2009-Freddie Mac recently posted a new video on youtube.com that shows late-paying borrowers how gathering a few financial documents before calling a mortgage servicer can cut the time needed to determine their eligibility and process their application for a loan modification under President Obama's Making Home Affordable ...


How to Design A Kid’s Room with Staying Power

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2009-(MCT)-Dora the Explorer can undergo all the makeovers she wants - that Dora comforter is still getting chucked faster than last year's gym shoes when Hannah Montana comes calling. And therein lies the quandary for parents trying ...


Home improvement Q&A: Getting That Deck Cleaned, Better Late Than Never

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2009-(MCT)-Q: I know you've written many times about cleaning decks, but mine is looking kind of dingy and, because it sits on the north side of our house, is coated in mildew. The deck is gray, but the color is more greenish-black. Can you dig into your ...


Take the ‘Slap’ Out of Bug Season

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2009-(MCT)-If you've been out camping, fishing or working in the garden, then chances are you've been smacking, slapping and itching. Mosquitoes, those (bleeping) bloodthirsty spoilers of outdoor summer fun - and their biting friends, black flies, gnats ...


First-time Home Buyer? Get an Inspection

RISMEDIA, July 9, 2009-As many consumers are considering buying a house to take advantage of first-time home buyer tax credits, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) reminds them about the importance of getting a professional home inspection. According to ...


A Lesson to Take to the Piggy Bank

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2009-It's dinner time at the Harris house and turkey tacos are on the menu. Avery, 6, standing in a chair, is browning the meat on the stove with the help of his mom, Andee. Eden, 3, growing impatient, ...


HGTV Selects Plymouth, Massachusetts for 2010 HGTV Green Home

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2009-HGTV will build its third annual "green" home in The Pinehills, an innovative master-planned community located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 2010 HGTV Green Home, just eight miles north of Cape Cod, will be a custom-built, shingle-style cottage with approximately 2,100 square feet of living space. It will ...


Sellers Struggle to Compete with Foreclosures – The King

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-Looking to move up, Cheryl and Jeff Wortzel put their Midtown, Tucson home on the market in December. With two young boys sharing a room, the Wortzels want more space than their two-bedroom home in the Blenman-Elm Neighborhood ...


How to Grow an Herb Garden

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-Chefs know it. The Food Network preaches it. Amateur cooks admit it: Freshly picked herbs are more delicious than anything you'll find on a spice rack. ...


Tips for Freshening Up Your Home with Fabrics

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-The quickest way to freshen a piece of furniture and lift the spirits is through fabric. I feel years younger - and so does my dining room - now that I've re-covered the seats of chairs I inherited from my great-grandfather. The shield-back style of the chairs ...


A Storm is Headed Toward the Pool – What Should You Do?

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-What should you do with the pool if a tropical storm or hurricane is heading your way? Keeping sufficient water levels in your pool provides the important weight to hold the sides and bottom in place, especially when heavy rains that accompany most storms raise the local ...


Prudential Calculator Computes Renters’ Home-Purchasing Power

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2009-If you've ever wondered how much house you can afford, Prudential can tell you in a flash. Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services has developed an online tool that shows how much house you can buy and provides active listings in the neighborhoods you like. ...


Real Estate Q&A – Collecting Homeowner Association Dues

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2009-(MCT)-Q. I belong to a homeowners association. We have a difficult time collecting the Dues from some homeowners. What would you suggest? We file liens after giving them ample warnings, but we can collect only when and if they sell their house. We thought about denying them ...


TV Remotes to Undergo Big Change

RISMEDIA, July 3, 2009-(MCT)-In 1955, Zenith introduced the first wireless TV remote control, the Flash-Matic, followed a year later by the Space Command. ...


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