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Is a Home Equity Loan Right for You?

RISMEDIA, Sept. 13, 2007-One major asset that many homeowners tend to overlook when seeking a way out of a financial hardship is right under their noses...or perhaps more accurately, right over their heads: their home. Your home is an investment and there's no reason it can't yield valuable returns for ...


Despite Public Perception, Mortgages are Still Attainable

RISMEDIA, Sept. 12, 2007-(MCT)-Easy credit...no money down...bad credit OK...no income verification. Those come-ons for home loans were common just a few years ago, as numerous lenders tried to cash in on the home buying frenzy and the impossible hype that house values would rise higher and higher each year without ...


How to Donate Your Unwanted Time-share to Charity

By Lew Sichelman ...


What to Do if Foreclosure Looms

RISMEDIA, September 11, 2007-(The Wall Street Journal)--As mortgage woes spread, what's a nervous borrower to do? ...


What to Do about an Eyesore Development Going in Next Door

By Lew Sichelman ...


Mortgage Jitters Bring Higher Returns for Depositors, Investors

By Jennifer Openshaw ...


Want a Car with That Home? It’s Yours in Buyer’s Market

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2007--(MCT)--Atlanta-area househunters Kendrick and Shaquita Gatewood have been courted with car leases, feted with furniture and tempted with tile. A health care worker and a teacher with secure incomes and down payment money, the couple are the toast of the Douglas County real estate market, where they ...


Grandparents Spend $27.5 Billion per Year on Grandkids

RISMEDIA, September 5, 2007--In honor of Grandparent's Day on Sunday, September 9, Liberty Reverse Mortgage and Sacramento State University have compiled the second annual Grandparent's Cost Index(R). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 56 million grandparents reside in the United States. The purpose of the survey was to ...


2007 RE/MAX Housing Study: Home Owners Continue to Invest in Their Homes Despite Economy

RISMEDIA, September 5, 2007--Metro Detroit homeowners remain vigilant in improving their homes despite the slow economy. According to the 2007 RE/MAX Housing Study, 60 percent of metro Detroit homeowners made improvements to their homes in the past two years, down only slightly from 66 percent in 2006. The study included ...


Money for Something: How to Keep ‘Entitlement Epidemic’ from Infecting Your Family Finances

By Jonathan Burton ...


Paying for a Home Inspection Now Could Avoid Headaches Later, Author Says

RISMEDIA, August 31, 2007--Despite the downturn in the housing market, millions of homes will still be bought and sold. At a time when price negotiations have become more vigorous, many buyers and sellers neglect one important element that could cost them thousands of dollars: the home inspection. ...


Apartments.com Survey Reveals Majority of Renters Have Lived with a Roommate

RISMEDIA, August 31, 2007--Whether returning to school, moving to a new city, or replacing a former roommate, searching for, and living with a roommate does not have to be a stressful experience. A recent Apartments.com survey indicates that more than eighty-two percent of renters surveyed state they currently have, or ...


Pre-Katrina Renters Find Few Options for Shelter

RISMEDIA, August 31, 2007--(MCT)--If she had known Aug. 28, 2005, what she knows today, Linda Addison says she would have stayed for Hurricane Katrina in her Bay St. Louis apartment and drowned. Better dead than treated like a bum, better to be at rest than worry each and every day ...


Poll Finds Most Employees Feel Appreciated at Work

RISMEDIA, August 31, 2007--(MCT)--Maybe the griping is as bad as ever where you work, but a survey of employees done for Adecco, the staffing company whose U.S. headquarters is in Melville, finds that most American workers feel appreciated by their employers. ...


Your Credit, Your Number: How to Get Your Free Credit Report

RISMEDIA, August 30, 2007-(MCT)-If you've ever applied for credit or insurance, chances are the lender or insurance company checked your credit score. For years, creditors have been using credit scoring systems to determine if you'd be a good risk for credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages. Credit scores are also ...