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Home Owner News Archive


Talks to Settle Foreclosure Probes Could Take Months

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011—(MCT)—Talks to settle state and federal investigations into botched foreclosure paperwork will be going on for a long time, government officials note after holding their first face-to-face meeting with top bank executives. ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Watch the Sunset from This Water-front Home

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Located on Venice Island in Venice, Fla., this beautiful three bedroom home being listed by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) Member Prudential Palms Realty. This three story home offers hardwood floors, formal dining, three full spa-style ...


Now Is the Time to Get Your Home’s Exterior in Tip-top Condition

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—According to DIY shopping and support website Trades Supermarket, the improved spring weather means more than giving the lawn a trim for homeowners; it signifies the time to undertake necessary repair and maintenance checks, not only to make sure the house and garden look good and are ...


Consumers Have the Motivation – But Lack the Money for Home Improvement

RISMEDIA, March 29, 2011—The arrival of spring brings not only warmer weather, but also spring cleaning and the undertaking of do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects. Much to the chagrin of home improvement stores, the DIY home improvement market has seen ...


How Do Property Tax Rates Work?

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—It's that time of year again, and some of you should be expecting your property tax bill for the first half of 2011. If that's the case, then you'll probably be wondering just how the government calculates property tax rates and why your bill seems to change ...


Checking Your Sump Pump This Spring Can Help Avoid Costly Basement Flooding

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—As winter gives way to spring, the threat of water flooding your basement substantially increases. ...


Lead Paint Hazards and Older Windows: March 20-26 National Poison Prevention Week

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—If your home was built before 1978 and you still have the original windows, it's time to seriously consider replacing them—especially if members of your household include young children or someone who is pregnant. ...


How Well Are You Insured Against Flooding?

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—(MCT)—The frightening images of Japan's tsunami wiping out homes, roads and entire cities are vivid reminders that a natural disaster can strike at any time. ...


Easy Ways to Transform a Room

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—Updating a living room or family room doesn't have to mean giving it a complete makeover. A few simple changes can transform a tired room into a fresh space in no time. ...


Why Even Qualified Homebuyers Are Standing Still

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Despite the uptick in sales of homes worth one million dollars or more last year (up 18.6% in 2010 according to DataQuick) the average American homebuyer is still proceeding with a large degree of caution. Below are six reasons why even qualified homebuyers are holding out on ...


Young Home Buyers Will Lead Housing Market Recovery, Says NAHB

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Generation X—young families and adults ages 31 to 45—are likely to lead the home-buying recovery as it gets underway, according to real estate experts who spoke at an educational webinar produced by the National Association of Home ...


HUD Awards First Choice Neighborhood Grants

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that 17 communities will be the first recipients of Planning Grant funding through the Department’s new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. These communities will share a total of $4 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants while six other communities ...


Banks Spruce Up Foreclosures to Boost Sales

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—(MCT)—Bill Schramm and Bethany Siwicki scoured property listings for three months before agreeing to see a home in Round Lake Beach, even though its online pictures didn't look promising. ...


Housing Starts and Permits Stall in February 2011

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—Nationwide housing starts and issuance of permits for new housing construction both posted disappointing declines in February 2011 as concerns about a growing number of factors caused builders to pull back on production of new homes, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. Total ...


Homeowners Reuse Materials for Environmental and Aesthetic Reasons

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—(MCT)—Renovating? You could just rip up the old room and sweep everything into the trash bin. But a growing number of homeowners, architects and builders are trying to reuse or recycle construction materials whenever possible—for reasons both environmental and aesthetic. ...


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