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Consumer News and Advice Archive


How to Convert to a Home Office

RISMEDIA, August 29, 2007-(DoitYourself.com)-According to a recent Builder Magazine study, 54% of households have home offices and most architects now include them in new home plans. If your current home doesn't include an office, why not create one using an extra bedroom, underused closet or the kitchen pantry? ...


Financial Fitness: Invest in Home Workout Equipment or Join a Gym?

By Dana Dratch ...


New Siding Could Spark Home Sale

By Steve McLindenm ...


Investing in Student Housing: Demand for Private Dormitories Creates Opportunity in an Emerging Market

RISMEDIA, August 28, 2007-(MCT)-More investors are going back to college. But they're skipping the keggers and term papers -- even the degree -- and heading straight for student housing. ...


Buyer Beware: Mortgages Application Can Bring Unwanted Calls, Thieves

RISMEDIA, August 28, 2007-All Erica Bradshaw really wanted was a house. But when she applied for a 30-year mortgage to purchase a home in downtown Orlando this year, it didn't take long before she was deluged with other credit offers. ...


Lights out: Future of Incandescent Bulb Dims as Energy-efficient Options Gain Power

By Stephanie I. Cohen ...


How to Check the Quality of Your Tap Water

By Paola Singer, The Wall Street Journal Online ...


How FHA Could Help Borrowers Refinance and Avoid Foreclosure

By Deborah Solomon ...


Keeping the Faith: Selling Tactics That May be Unconventional, but Some Swear by Them

By Amy Hoak ...


Mortgage Experts Launch ‘Better Mortgage Bureau,’ for Consumers Looking for Legitimate Home Loans

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2007-With an entire industry quaking, it was bound to happen. ...


One Out of Three Florida Homeowners Has No Idea What Kind of Mortgage They Have

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2007-LynxBanc announced plans to begin offering a new ...


Tips for Relocating

By A. Michael Del Duca ...


New Designer Homes within Reach at around $300K

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2007—For the magic $300,000 price point -- just a little more than the national median home price of $223,800*-- home buyers can now look forward to a lot more house in new and developing communities across the country. Move.com, an online network of Web sites ...


Put Money From your IRA Toward a First Home

By Marshall Loeb ...


As Lenders Tighten Mortgage Standards, Credit Unions Stay the Course

By Amy Hoak ...