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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 ...


End-of-Summer: Now is the Time to Make Sure This Year’s Taxes are Under Control

By Eva Rosenberg ...


What to Do When You’ve Been Turned Down for a Mortgage

RISMEDIA, August 30, 2007- (Bankrate.com)--A common nightmare keeps most first-time home buyers awake at night: What if I get turned down for my mortgage loan? While it is natural to fret about this worst-case scenario, the chances of it actually happening are quite slim given the popularity of preapproval and ...


Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Home When Applying for a Mortgage

RISMEDIA, August 29, 2007-Many homeowners who were forced into foreclosure didn't fully understand their mortgage. Don't make this mistake. Many loan officers fail to disclose all aspects of the loan and closing cost; spending the extra 20 minutes asking these questions can mean the difference of keeping your home or ...


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. ...