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New York Real Estate – Proposal Aims to Protect Subprime

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2008-(MCT)-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer plans to introduce a bill this week intended to help subprime borrowers statewide who are at risk of losing their homes. The bill would also establish further protection in the law to prevent a similar crisis in the future, according to a ...


Home Sweet Home — StyleDesigner Allows Consumers to Scratch Their Nesting Itch

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2008-In a time when home buyers need every reassurance that they are making the right purchase, Obeo has developed a high-tech way to meet this very basic buyer need. ...


Top 10 Foreclosure Avoidance Tips

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2008-Here are 10 suggestions to avoid foreclosure, both now and in the future. ...


Home Rehab Outlook Sags with Sales

RISMEDIA, Feb. 29, 2008-(MCT)-The ebbing tide lowers all boats. Pardon the tortured metaphor, but in the current environment, it seems an apt one for the remodeling business. That's according to an analysis from the recent convention of the National Association of Home Builders in Orlando, which concluded that as housing ...


Green Power: More Homeowners Gain Access to Cleaner Energy

RISMEDIA, March 1, 2008-(MCT)-It wasn't long ago that powering a home with renewable "green" power meant erecting a windmill in the backyard or covering the roof with solar panels. ...


Tips for Selling Via an Auction

RISMEDIA, Feb. 28, 2008-(MCT)-To get a home ready for an auction, there are several steps to make to ensure the process runs smoothly. First, you should prepare the property by removing clutter, making minor and cost-effective repairs and obtaining a housing inspection report. ...


‘Dustless’ Floor Refinishing Can Cut the Mess

RISMEDIA, Feb. 28, 2008-(MCT)-Refinishing wood floors can be a real mess. The job often means hours of cleanup for homeowners. The to-do list includes knocking dust off the walls, scrubbing film off windows and rewashing all the dishes, pots and pans in the cabinets. ...


6 ‘Express’ Tips for Selling Your Home Fast

RISMEDIA, Feb. 27, 2008-In a market where frustrated home sellers must endure 150 or more days to sell their homes, Express Homebuyers has discovered a sure way to sell its homes in an average of 35 days. What makes this company unique is the fact that Express Homebuyers buys homes ...


Greening Your Home, One Room at a Time

RISMEDIA, Feb. 26, 2008-(MCT)-As the co-host of HGTV's "Red, Hot and Green," a contributing eco-columnist to several magazines and newspapers, and a consultant on many environmentally friendly product launches, lifestyle guru Danny Seo has "greened" countless kitchens, gardens, baths and second homes. Ask Seo which part of the house most ...


Home Safety – Tips to Help Minimize the Threat of Winter Fires

RISMEDIA, Feb. 26, 2008-Although spring is approaching, for most parts of the country, it's still the coldest time of the year, meaning that everyone's trying to find ways to stay warm. However, with home heating costs burning a hole in consumers' wallets, this can present a challenge, which is a ...


Homeowners Still Happy with White Picket Fences

RISMEDIA, Feb. 25, 2008-(MCT)-The image of a home surrounded by a white picket fence always has stayed with Lynne Gibbs of Clovis, Calif."To me, it represented the all-American dream," says Gibbs, 63, a retired paralegal. "It was why I wanted one. When I was growing up, the white picket fence ...


Earth-friendly Vision Leads to Construction of ‘Hybrid Home’

RISMEDIA, Feb. 25, 2008-(MCT)-In the classic fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold. In real life, Maj. John Schulz is making it into concrete. Or at least it seems that way to those helping him build his new "hybrid home" in Belton, Mo.The walls of the green house are made ...


3 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Buy Homes

RISMEDIA, Feb. 26, 2008-(MCT)-With today's turmoil in the housing market, hitting up mom and dad for a down payment may be a young buyer's best route to homeownership. It's hard for the younger generation to become first-time home buyers today as they try to juggle numerous financial responsibilities, experts say."Stakes ...


Window Boxes Blossom Container Gardening

RISMEDIA, Feb. 22, 2008-(MCT)-Container gardening has exploded in popularity with about 47% of American households admitting to some form of container gardening. ...


Upgrading Your Investment

RISMEDIA, Feb. 23, 2008-(MCT)-Make your home a more pleasant place to live, and then you can profit from it when it's time to sell. How much to spend on renovating depends on the value of your home. ...