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How One Family Avoided Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, February 20, 2009-(MCT)-Jodi Pope hadn't expected the squeeze she and her family were suddenly facing. ...


Builders Launch Tax Credit Website

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has launched a newly designed website that provides detailed information about the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers that is a key measure in the sweeping economic stimulus legislation signed into law today by President Barack Obama. ...


Q&A: How Will the Stimulus Plan Help Me?

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-(MCT)-President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday the largest government economic rescue plan in the nation's history, a $787 billion package of spending, tax cuts and tax credits that's designed to help pull the nation out of what's becoming the worst downturn since the Great Depression. ...


Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-(MCT)-The ingredients are probably all right there in your kitchen or bath cabinets-baking soda, ammonia, vinegar, rubbing alcohol. ...


How to Avoid Getting Hooked by Debt-Reduction Schemes

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2009-(MCT)-Get rid of debt fast and easy, for pennies on the dollar. If the deal sounds too good to be true ... well ... you know the drill. ...


Teaming up with Your Lender for a Loan Modification

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2009-Suppose you're behind on your house payments. You dial the phone number on your most recent mortgage statement, clear the usual hurdles, and finally reach someone who understands your situation and offers to help. You are one ...


How Not to Get Soaked When Buying That Dishwasher

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2009-(MCT)-For as long as there have been plates and forks and hungry folk who have polished off a meal, there's been the art-nay, chore-of doing dishes. As recently as 1970, 8 out of 10 American households got the job done the old-fashioned way: scrubbing with soap and ...


Top 5 in Real Estate Offers What Every Home Seller Should Demand

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2009-RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, the country's newest and fastest-growing membership organization for North America's finest residential real estate agents, is conducting a coast-to-coast tour designed to educate prospective Top 5 Members on how they ...


Foreclosure Activity Decreases 10 Percent in January According to RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report

RISMEDIA, February 13, 2009-RealtyTrac®, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, has released its January 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market ReportTM, which shows foreclosure filings - default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions - were reported on 274,399 U.S. properties during the month, a 10 percent decrease from the previous ...


Bankruptcies Expected in Coming Months for Some of the Nation’s Biggest Homebuilders

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2009-Based on a review of the 33 U.S. homebuilders with more than $10M in revenue, more than 30 percent are in financial distress and in danger of filing for bankruptcy, according to an analysis by Grant Thornton Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Services. ...


Simple Tweaks to Ready Listings for the Next Wave in Online Search

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2009-Occasionally, changes in technology occur that greatly impact the real estate industry. In a webinar presented to EXIT Realty associates recently, Tom Emmendorfer, co-founder of the company behind EXIT e-Listings said, "I see two major changes occurring that will impact your real estate business as much as ...


Obama Officials Delay Bank Bailout Announcement

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2009- (MCT)-The Obama administration on Sunday postponed the announcement of its new bank rescue plan so it could concentrate on pushing passage of economic stimulus legislation in Congress. ...


Economic Woes Freeze Remodeling Market

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2009-The residential remodeling market declined further during the final quarter of 2008, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI). The current market conditions indicator slid to 27.7, from 33.5 in the previous quarter. Future expectations of remodeling work plummeted to ...


Bright Little Ideas to Put the Sun to Work at Home

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2009-(MCT)-You may not be able to spend thousands of dollars to convert your house to solar power right now. But there are smaller, less expensive ways to do your environmental part with the sun's help. ...


Real estate Q&A – Condo Buying & Understanding the Codes, Covenants and Restrictions

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2009-(MCT)-Q. My wife and I helped our daughter, financially, with the purchase of a condominium in October. We were given the Codes, Covenants and Restrictions for the homeowner's association prior to the close of escrow, and it indicated that the complex had 12 guest parking spaces. The ...


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