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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 ...


Six Low-cost Interior Touch-ups for Apartment Renters

By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch ...


Study Says: Global Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and Two Men and a Truck Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction

RISMEDIA, Sept. 26, 2007- J.D. Power and Associates released its 2007 Full-Service Moving Company Customer Satisfaction StudySM this week. Global Van Lines ranks highest for long distance moves, while Mayflower Transit ranks highest for local moves in the Northeast, South and West regions and Two Men and a Truck ranks ...


Home Improvement Q & A: What are the Specific Responsibilities of the Contractor vs. the Architect?

By Desiree French ...


Tips for Fighting Mold

RISMEDIA, Sept. 24, 2007-(weather.com)-Without mold, we would find ourselves wading neck-deep in dead plant matter. And we wouldn't have great foods and medicines, such as cheese and penicillin. However, problems arise when mold starts digesting organic materials we don't want them to, like our homes.What are molds? ...


Retiring With a Mortgage?

RISMEDIA, Sept. 21, 2007-(WSJ.com)-It's an increasingly common dilemma: You want to retire -- but you haven't yet retired your mortgage.Even before the recent debt-driven housing boom and bust, the numbers were getting ugly. Among households headed by someone age 65 to 74, over 32% had a mortgage on their primary ...


Love Thy Neighbor: Survey Reveals Which Celebs Americans Want to Live Next Door To

RISMEDIA, Sept. 20, 2007- Oprah Winfrey, Elvis Presley and Donald Trump ranked as the top three celebrities Americans wished they had as their next-door neighbor, according to a recent survey by Homes & Land. Its Celebrity Neighbor Survey polled thousands of Americans, resulting in many surprises in the complete top ...


10 Ways to Protect Your Relationship When Buying a Home

By Connie De Groot ...


How to Repair Common Toilet Problems

By Brian Simkins ...


Home Improvement Q & A: Who Should be Called First—The Contractor or the Architect?

By Desiree French ...