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Making Repairs after Unexpected Home Damages

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—(MCT)—The carpet from the family room and everything that had been on it are piled at the curb. The washer, dryer, hot water tank, freezer and other items that had been knee-deep in muddy water in the basement have been dragged out there, too. ...


Five Most Moved-To Cities: Growing Families Find Great Prospects

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2007—Growing families are flocking to Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Chicago and Las Vegas to find great home values and family-friendly communities boasting healthy local economies and abundant job opportunities. Move.com, an online network of Web sites for real estate search, finance, and moving, features homes in ...


How to Use Credit Cards Wisely

By Marshall Loeb, MarketWatch ...


Trading Pieces: With Any Fractional Property Ownership, Resale Comes into Play

By Jennifer Openshaw ...


Avoiding a Capital Gains Tax on the Sale of Your House

By Tom Herman, The Wall Street Journal Online ...


Taking a Chance: Buyers Grab Foreclosed Homes at Auction

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2007—(MCT)—Tough luck for some spells opportunity for others. ...


Retail Sales Show Modest Rebound in July

RISMEDIA, August 15, 2007--(MarketWatch)--U.S. retail sales showed a moderate rebound in July from what had been a weak June. ...


Home Improvements Q & A: Should I hire a professional or do the job myself?

By Desiree French ...


CreditCards.com: Student Cards Charged Highest APR

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2007—Credit card interest rates kept their positions this week alongside a Federal Reserve decision to leave monetary policy unchanged. However, certain Fed watchers took changes in language used by the central bank to mean that a lowering of the prime rate could be on the horizon. ...


Late on Your Mortgage? How to Keep Your Home

By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch ...


Homeowners Get Real Estate Advice with Launch of ‘Help Us Sell Our House’ Portal

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2007--Sparo Publishing International, Inc. has announced the launch of Help Us Sell Our House™ (www.HelpUsSellOurHouse.com). The consumer-based Web portal identifies addresses and provides solutions for homeowners selling both primary residences and investment real estate holdings. ...


Consumer Spending Will Not Collapse in Face of Housing Correction

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2007--"Financial markets endured quite a roller coaster ride in recent weeks, as the gap between perceived and actual credit risks converged. The ongoing meltdown in the risky end of the mortgage market tested the limits of existing credit risk models, which are better suited to estimate the ...


Is New Construction Your Best Bet? RE/MAX Agents Point Out Pros and Cons

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2007--Many of us wrestle with the desire to have a brand new home, one that has exactly the features we want, the colors and finishes we prefer. We love the idea that every component will work flawlessly and won't require repair or updating for many years. ...


New Foreclosure Database Gives Savvy Real Estate Investors Competitive Edge

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2007--With foreclosures at an all-time high, Melissa Data (www.MelissaData.com), a provider of targeted leads and mailing lists, has announced the availability of a online Foreclosure List that provides investors with quick and easy access to premiere property data on homes listed below value. Users can select records ...


The Answer to Avoid Foreclosing on Your Future

RISMEDIA, August 7, 2007--Gavin Fenske, president of Great Financial Real Estate, wants homeowners to know that as bad as things can get in the real estate market, and with current news headlines reporting a major foreclosure crisis, anyone facing this horrific fate can be saved. ...