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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. ...


5 Ways to Make a Coffee Table Work for You

RISMEDIA, Feb. 20, 2008-(MCT)-You have the sofa. You have the chairs, the TV, the lamps. The last big piece for your living/family room is likely to be the coffee table. Or shall we say the darned coffee table? ...


Indoor Parking Sells High-end Projects: Apartments, Condos Offer an Item in Demand

RISMEDIA, Feb. 20, 2008-(MCT)-The hottest commodity in high-end apartments and condominiums in the Capital Region isn't granite kitchen counter tops or elegant living-room fireplaces. It's indoor parking. ...


Florida Apartment Rents Are on the Rise

RISMEDIA, Feb. 20, 2008-(MCT)-If you plan to rent an apartment in the Tampa Bay area, you soon may have more options, but you'll have to fork over more money in rent, two area apartment builders said last week at the International Builders' Show in Orlando. ...


Beware of Condos’ Potential Pitfalls

RISMEDIA, Feb. 20, 2008-(MCT)-Thinking of buying a condominium? It's a good idea for all sorts of people, from empty nesters downsizing to young professionals who don't need a yard and a big house yet. ...


Real Estate – All in a Day’s Work

RISMEDIA, Feb. 19, 2008-(MCT)-They shook hands and exchanged smiles. Quick glances darted around the small gathering that had just negotiated the home's purchase price. Everyone now knew the real work would begin. ...


Gardening 101 – 14 Ways to Create a New Garden

RISMEDIA, Feb. 19, 2008-(MCT)-You've got most of the boxes unpacked and the bedrooms painted. The new house is starting to feel like it's yours. But what about the yard? ...


For Tech-Savvy Consumers, Real Estate Agents are Still the Experts

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