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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 ...


Fire Alarm: File Homeowners Insurance Claims as Soon as Possible After Disaster Hits

By Amy Hoak, MarketWatch ...


10 Tips for Healthier Home Air This Winter

RISMEDIA, Oct. 24, 2007-Closing up a home for winter weather can make allergies and asthma worse, due to sealing in aggravating indoor air pollutants. Indoor air pollution poses a greater health risk than air pollution found outdoors. Dangerous gases such as formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) come from items ...


Tips for Selling Houses in the Fall

RISMEDIA, Oct. 22, 2007-If you are looking to sell your home this year, don't let the negative press surrounding the housing market discourage you. With favorable interest rates and a large buyer pool, this fall season can be a great time to put your house up for sale. Maximize this ...


Tips on Finding Country Property

By Curtis Seltzer ...


Tips in Anticipation of Higher Gas Prices

RISMEDIA, Oct. 19, 2007-With oil prices topping $88 a barrel this week, and prices at the pump sure to follow, the Alliance to Save Energy is once again calling on Congress to enact, immediately, higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. It will take time for the standards to become ...


Homeowners: Save on Taxes by Going Green

By Marshall Loeb, MarketWatch ...


New Trends in Real Estate Decisions

By Lauren Baier Kim ...