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Home Buying 101 Archive


Bankrate Poll: Men Are Better Savers than Women

RISMEDIA, July 24, 2007--Bankrate, Inc. today published the findings of its second annual poll questioning Americans on their emergency savings accounts. Bankrate found that over half of Americans polled (54 percent) are not equipped with an emergency savings fund (equal to three months living expenses). ...


AARP the Magazine Announces Top Five Places to Live (and Retire)

RISMEDIA, July 24, 2007--What are the top places to live in for boomers 50+ looking for a great community to retire in? AARP The Magazine today unveiled its annual list of the top five places to live in the U.S. with Atlanta, Beacon Hill in Boston, Chandler, Milwaukee and Portland ...


Luxury Houses Still Selling; Top Picks for Where to Live

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The Great Outdoors: New Homes with Exceptional Backyards

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2007—Outdoor kitchens, super sound systems, inviting fire pits and bubbling fountains are becoming central to today’s new home designs as the popularity of home entertainment steps outside. New home outdoor living spaces take backyard barbecues to a new level in this week’s Trend Spot from Move, Inc., ...


Congressional Action Could Give Seniors the Financial Security They Deserve

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2007—Two million older Americans could tap into the equity they have built up in their homes by obtaining reverse mortgages if Congress passes legislation to modernize HUD's Federal Housing Administration (FHA), according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimate released this week. ...


Treasury Department Offers Helpful Advice for Homeowners

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2007—(MCT)—Want to save on your tax bill? Lori Decker, director of Frederick County's Treasury Department, has some tips. ...


Seven Simple Steps to Raising Credit Scores

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2007—In the wake of the subprime market fallout, lenders are making it tougher for consumers to get a loan. As a result, borrowers are wise to try to raise their credit scores to qualify for loans, secure better loan terms and receive lower interest rates. ...


Five Professional Packing Tips for Household Moves

RISMEDIA, July 18, 2007—The right kind of packing can effectively organize residential moves and help ensure that items safely reach their destinations. Gleaned from 30 years of household moving experience, these important packing tips will make the moving process more efficient while reducing truck space requirements. ...


Before You Flip, Get a Grip: Flipping Foreclosures Are Easier Said Than Done

RISMEDIA, July 17 2007—(MCT)—Across America and the Carolinas, the rate of home foreclosures has been rising. For many homeowners, too-good-to-be-true loans and all too easy access to credit have shattered the American dream. But their misfortune could be your economic windfall, provided you have some real estate savvy. ...


Facing up to Mortgage Shortfalls

RISMEDIA, July 17 2007—(MCT)—Hiding out won't help. In fact, it's the single worst thing you can do if you're having difficulty meeting your mortgage payment. ...


HUD Releases Tips for Avoiding Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2007—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its top 10 tips for homeowners who are facing foreclosure. ...


Making a Splash: Waterfront Homes across the Country

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2007—If you’ve dreamed of living on the water with spectacular views of the river, lake or ocean, Move, Inc. may make your real estate search a breeze in this week’s Trend Spot http://www.move.com/l/1 featuring waterfront homes across the nation. ...


Beat the Summer Heat: Homes with Unique Pools

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2007--Beat the heat and cool off in one-of-a-kind pools that turn backyard parties into exciting events to remember. Move, Inc., features homes across the nation with unique pool designs in this week's Trend Spot at http://trends.move.com/?source=movets. ...


Planning a Budget for Rent during Peak Moving Season

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2007--With peak rental season in full swing, a recent Apartments.com survey provides insight into renters' current budget for monthly rent payments. According to the survey, more than sixty percent of respondents state that they spend more than the recommended percentage on rent with twenty percent of survey ...


RealEstate.com Suggests Four Strategies to Make House Hunting Easier

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2007---While house shopping can be fun, it can also be intimidating for those who are new to the experience. There are many factors to consider when looking to purchase a home---from what neighborhood to which floor plan and much more. ...