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Peer Pressure: Homeowners More Likely to Conserve Energy if Neighbors Do

By Sarah Baicker, Medill News Service ...


Something New Under the Sun: Cheaper Solar Technology

By Jim Carlton, The Wall Street Journal ...


Escape Dominates during Fire Prevention Week

RISMEDIA, Oct. 8, 2007-Most Americans believe they have at least 10 minutes to get out of their homes during a fire. This is a deadly mistake. Unfortunately, a person only has three minutes or less to escape to safety before smoke or flames can become fatal (Source: National Fire Protection ...


Home Improvement Q&A: What guidelines should I follow to find a contractor?

By Desiree French ...


How to Evaluate Mortgage Bail-out Programs

By Gail Liberman and Alan Lavine ...


Real Estate In Your 70s: To Buy a Home or Rent

By Kelly Greene, The Wall Street Journal Online ...


Are you Prepared to be Ruled by a Homeowners Association?

By Andrea Coombes, MarketWatch ...


Homeowner Trends: Screened Porch Upgrades

RISMEDIA, Oct. 2, 2007-According to local deck and porch designing experts, screened porches have been making a strong comeback. However, what was once a practical necessity is today becoming a more luxurious amenity for homeowners who are interested in jazzing up their screened porches with their own personalized style or ...


Q& A: What Happens to your Credit Score When You Get Married?

By Lew Sichelman ...


Curb Appeal: Five Tips for Inspecting Your Landscape

RISMEDIA, Oct. 1, 2007-If you're a homeowner, chances are you will spend a portion of your weekend landscaping your yard. Whether you're over-seeding the lawn, mulching the garden or planting shrubs and trees, landscaping is a great tool to increase the perceived value of your home. What homeowners and potential buyers ...


Buying Foreclosures: Deal or No Deal?

RISMEDIA, Oct. 1, 2007-Buyers and would-be investors often look to foreclosure sales to find real estate bargains. But newcomers to this market could find some unpleasant surprises if they go in blind. All homes should be thoroughly inspected by a professional home inspector before sealing the deal. ...


The Pros and Cons of Refinancing your Home

RISMEDIA, Oct. 1, 2007-Consumers with adjustable rate mortgages scheduled to reset in the coming months might be researching their refinancing options-especially considering the recent drop in 30-year fixed mortgage rates. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates dropped to 6.25% last week in anticipation of the Federal ...


Lower Cost and Higher Electric Rates Light the Way to Bulb Change

By Jennifer Openshaw ...


Bill Tightens Second-Home Tax Rules

By John Godfrey, The Wall Street Journal ...


The Eight Documents You’ll Need to Get a Mortgage Approved

RISMEDIA, Sept. 28, 2007-Getting a mortgage home loan might seem like a tedious process, but if you do your part to look good on paper, you can increase your eligibility for the best interest rates (https://www.informars.com/equifax/). Financial institutions primarily consider three main areas in determining who is eligible for a ...