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Beware of Condos’ Potential Pitfalls

RISMEDIA, Feb. 20, 2008-(MCT)-Thinking of buying a condominium? It's a good idea for all sorts of people, from empty nesters downsizing to young professionals who don't need a yard and a big house yet. ...


For Tech-Savvy Consumers, Real Estate Agents are Still the Experts

Commentary by Lloyd Frink ...


Relocation: Moving Day Tips: How to Safely Transport Your Vehicle

RISMEDIA, Feb. 18, 2008-For many families, a car is the second largest investment they have ever made. Getting that investment safely to a new home is an important component of a smooth move. ...


Your Rights – Appraising Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisals

By Curtis Seltzer ...


Increase Productivity at Work by Socializing with Colleagues

RISMEDIA, Feb. 14, 2008-(MCT)-The rules are simple: The first time you ride, you eat breakfast for free. The second time, you buy for everybody. If you don't ride for 90 days, you buy for everybody when you do. ...


The 10 ‘Best Places’ to Live in Rural America

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-Kent County, Maryland, was awarded top honors in the fourth annual edition of the "Best Places to Live in Rural America" rankings by The Progressive Farmer magazine, released this week. Each year, the rankings name the top 10 rural counties in the nation, according to several quality-of-life ...


Self-Defense Tactics: 7 Ways to Avoid a Real Estate Con Artist

By Ralph R. Roberts ...


Tips for a Smooth Move: How to Avoid Real Estate Closing Nightmares

RISMEDIA, Jan. 25, 2008-An unexpected problem on the day of your real estate closing can turn the experience from a dream into a nightmare. With a little research and advanced preparation you can ensure a smooth closing process before you are handed the keys to your new abode. Here are ...


Regional Spotlight: Property Tax Relief Coming for PA Homeowners in 2008

RISMEDIA, Jan. 16, 2008-Homeowners across Pennsylvania will receive property tax relief in 2008, thanks to gaming revenues, state Budget Secretary Michael Masch said today. He confirmed that December revenue from the state's five open casinos was transferred today to the Property Tax Relief Fund, pushing it past the $570 million ...


With Building Costs Down, Now is the Time to Build a Custom Home

RISMEDIA, Jan. 15, 2008-According to one company, one good thing has come out of the current housing slump. Less new construction has created less demand for building materials. As a result, materials prices have fallen sharply across the board. HomeCrafters' co-owner, Troy Means, has noticed that building costs are down ...


You Dirty Rat! Preventative Measures for Keeping Rodents Outdoors

 RISMEDIA, Jan. 15, 2008-Across the country, bitter cold temperatures and winter storms are forcing more than just people indoors. Rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels can pose significant risks to people and their properties. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers solutions for homeowners on how to keep rodents ...


Consumer Advocates Disclose the Yield Spread Premium Kick Back on Mortgages

RISMEDIA, Jan. 8, 2008-For the last four years Americas Watchdog has been vocal about double standards that exist in the U.S. mortgage industry. Because of these double standards, Americas Watchdog estimates that 9 out of 10 current U.S. homeowners pay a higher monthly mortgage payment than what they could have, ...


Where Does Your State Rank-the Best and Worst Home Inspection Regulation Laws

RISMEDIA, Jan. 7, 2008-Later this month, when state legislators in Florida, Pennsylvania and California reconvene for the 2008 session, they may want to take a close look at the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) 2007 state ranking of the best and worst home inspection regulation laws in the United ...


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