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Home Buying 101 Archive


Renters Say Air Conditioning Is the One Amenity They Can Not Live Without

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2007—Apartments.com survey to current renters supports the importance of staying cool as more than 36% of respondents indicate that air ...


Borrowers Believe Lenders are Generally Less Accommodating Than They Could Be

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2007—Amid the turmoil in the housing and mortgage markets, mortgage customers who report making at least one late payment in the past 12 months indicate that lenders are showing some flexibility in scheduling late payments, but tend to be less understanding and accommodating of their circumstances when ...


The Glamorous Life: Celebrity Homes for Sale

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2007—Forget about getting a Star Map. This week’s Trend Spot gives you the inside look at celebrity homes like “That 70’s Show” star Wilmer Valderrama’s multi-million dollar Los Angeles bachelor-pad with photos and detailed descriptions of their luxurious amenities, incredible views, fanciful designs and elegant decorating. Trend ...


Beyond Curb Appeal: Take a Closer Look at a Home’s Landscape

By Amy Hoak, MarketWatch ...


Placing a Winning Bid on a Home Before It Hits the Auction Block

By June Fletcher, The Wall Street Journal ...


The Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases June 2007 Employment Cost Index

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2007—This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, released its June 2007 Employment Cost Index. The Employment Cost Index (ECI) is a measure of the change in the cost of labor, free from the influence ...


Consumers: How to Benefit from Taking Charge in Home Appraisal Process

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2007—It is now vitally important that home buyers and sellers understand a home’s current market value as houses are staying on the market longer, and prices are falling in many areas. ...


Securing a Mortgage For a Home Overseas

By June Fletcher, The Real Estate Journal ...


Regional Spotlight: Watertown Web Site Will Have Property Listings

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2007—The city of Watertown, NY, will redo its Web site later this summer. Among the new features will be a page listing downtown properties for sale or rent. ...


To Relocate or Not to Relocate

By Marshall Loeb ...


Block-party Poopers: How to Overcome the Neighborhood Eyesore When Your House is for Sale

By Rachel Koning Beals ...


Realty Q&A: 6-step Plan for Boosting Credit Score to Buy Home

By Lew Sichelman ...


Another Reason Why You Should Buy a Home

By Elizabeth Razzi, Bankrate.com ...


Allstate Pulls Homeowners Hike: State Agency Wouldn’t OK New Rate

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2007—(MCT)—Allstate withdrew its proposed 6.9% statewide increase in homeowners rates on Wednesday after the Texas Department of Insurance signaled that it wouldn't approve rates. ...


Consumers and Businesses Must Brace for Higher Parking Rates, Survey Says

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2007--Parking costs have increased nationwide for the fourth year in a row, mirroring rising demand and a dearth of supply in the U.S, Canada and around the world, according to the seventh annual Parking Rate survey from Colliers International, a leading global real estate services company. ...