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New Trends in Real Estate Decisions

By Lauren Baier Kim ...


How to Find True Values in Foreclosures

By Jennifer Openshaw ...


How to Handle a Loan Modification

By Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine ...


Regional Spotlight: Maryland Foreclosures Fall in September

RISMEDIA, Oct. 17, 2007-(MCT)-Foreclosures were down in September, both nationally and in Maryland. But why is still uncertain. ...


Spiders: Save Them for Haunted Houses

RISMEDIA, Oct. 17, 2007-In October, haunted houses across the nation are filled with creepy critters seeking to scare their many visitors. One of the most popular and frightening images of Halloween are spiders. Although ideal for this holiday, spiders, especially brown recluse spiders, are insects that can pose severe health ...


Wire Fraud? What to Do When Problems Surface After Declining a Home Inspection

By Lew Sichelman ...


Home Improvement Q& A: Nine Questions to Ask a Contractor

By Desiree French ...


New California Appraisal Law is Good First Step to Protect Appraisers and Homeowners

RISMEDIA, Oct. 11, 2007-Last Friday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law, SB 223. This bill is an attempt to reform the system that puts pressure on appraisers to hit a predetermined value for a property, set by the mortgage brokers or homeowners to make a sale go through. ...


Heating Bills to be About 10% Higher this Winter

By Rex Nutting, MarketWatch ...


Four Ways to Fend Off Foreclosure

By Marshall Loeb, MarketWatch ...


True or False: If a House Lingers, is There Something Wrong With It?

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


Local Home Sales Tax Bills Spark Public Response

RISMEDIA, Oct. 10, 2007-New Jersey's current and future homeowners can now use the Web site www.njhometax.com to tell state legislators that they don't want to pay hundreds of dollars more for a local Home Sales Tax. ...


Prudential Georgia Realty: State of the Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, Oct. 9, 2007-The market facts tell us that-right now-there is a truly unique window of opportunity for well-informed buyers of residential real estate. As we look back historically, there have been previous "windows of opportunity" for buying real estate, stocks and other investments. How many times have we heard ...


APR Often Misleads Borrowers into Costlier Mortgage Loans

RISMEDIA, Oct. 9, 2007-Borrowers who shop for mortgages based on the loan's annual percentage rate (APR) often choose costlier mortgage loans without ever knowing it. Using APR as a determining factor when selecting a loan is actually a very poor and unreliable way to comparison shop for the best mortgage, ...


In a Recession, Does Land Offer Refuge?

By Curtis Seltzer ...