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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 ...


Go Green at Home without Going Broke

By Marshall Loeb ...


How to Protect Your Relationship When Buying a Home

By Connie De Groot ...


Real Estate 2.0: Sites Allow Users to Exchange Information about Houses

RISMEDIA, Sept. 18, 2007-(MCT)-It used to be you went to online real estate sites in search of pictures and information about homes for sale. Then came virtual tours, aerial maps, and easy access to data about comparable sales. Now comes a slew of sites encouraging you to chat about real ...


The Kitchen Goes on a Diet As Homeowners Trim Budgets

By June Fletcher ...