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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 ...


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. ...