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Consumer News and Advice Archive


How to Find a Professional Roofing Contractor

RISMEDIA, Nov. 15, 2007-Southern California homeowners and building owners looking to repair or replace their damaged roof systems after the recent wildfires should heed this important advice: Insist on a professional. The National Roofing Contractors Association can help you find a professional roofing contractor in your area. Here are some ...


Fall Planting: Time for Trees and Shrubs

By Ellen Russell ...


Avoiding Bankruptcy: What Every Consumer Should Know

RISMEDIA, Nov. 9, 2007-With U.S. bankruptcy filings up more than 40% this year, Americans 62 years old and older should realize they may be able to avoid bankruptcy by applying for a reverse mortgage loan. ...


Home Sellers Throw in Extras to Lure Buyers

RISMEDIA, Nov. 8, 2007-(MCT)-Facing a tough market for selling new homes, Pacific Union Homes tried a new tactic last month -- buy one home, get 1/52 of a second home for free. ...


De-Coding the Meaning of ‘Mortgage’

By Ralph Roberts ...


How to Know When the Price is Right

By Curtis Seltzer ...


10 Tips for Getting Your Home Off the Market this Fall

RISMEDIA, Nov. 10, 2007-Many homeowners and buyers have their eyes peeled on the housing market. While groups like the National Association of Realtors continue to manage consumer expectations and provide reassurance that the housing market will steadily improve by 2008, hopes can fall hard for homeowners who are preparing their ...


Five Tips to Sell Homes Quickly, for the Highest Valuation

RISMEDIA, Nov. 10, 2007-Despite grim news in the New York Times noting the pending home sale index has hit a record low, and it "hasn't hit rock bottom yet", savvy home sellers have discovered the secret to selling their homes. (New York Times, October 2, 2007). ...


Have To Move Soon? Valuable Information To Assist In The Process

RISMEDIA, Nov. 2, 2007-Let's assume you're in that growing segment of consumers who have to move soon from their present homes for reasons that range from job transfers and relocations to divorces, wildfires and deaths of spouses. Individual priorities don't allow enough time for the current sluggish housing cycle to ...


How to Choose the Right Decorative Concrete Style for Your Home

RISMEDIA, Nov. 2, 2007-Concrete, and all it's decorative options and styles, has become the material of choice for homeowners and builders wanting to accentuate a particular home style. From a coastal home style to a classic ranch or colonial style home, The Concrete Network outlines design ideas and tips for ...


10 Tips to Sell Your Home in a Buyer’s Market

RISMEDIA, Nov. 1, 2007-(MCT)-For months, you've been hearing about how it's a buyer's market for homes. That's never good news for thousands of people like Donna Emery. She and her husband have been trying to sell their 2,644-square-foot condo on South St. Mary's Street since June. ...


Drought Imperils Second-Home Markets, Prices

By Curtis Seltzer ...


Selling a Shared House

By Lew Sichelman ...


Pest-Proofing Tips for Fall

RISMEDIA, Oct. 30, 2007-With falling temperatures and changing leaves, unwelcome friends may soon find their way into homes as pests seek refuge from the changing seasons. Pests, like people, crave warm places, especially those that provide food, water and shelter. Homes often provide exactly this. The National Pest Management Association ...


Is a Bigger Lot Better When Buying a Home?

By June Fletcher, The Wall Street Journal Online ...