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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 ...


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 ...


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? ...


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. ...


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

Commentary by Lloyd Frink ...


Relocation: Moving Day Tips: How to Safely Transport Your Vehicle

RISMEDIA, Feb. 18, 2008-For many families, a car is the second largest investment they have ever made. Getting that investment safely to a new home is an important component of a smooth move. ...


Your Rights – Appraising Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisals

By Curtis Seltzer ...


Tax Season – 6 Advantages of Homeownership

RISMEDIA, Feb. 18, 2008-As we enter tax season, it's a great time to review the tax advantages associated with owning your own home. Of course, consulting your tax advisor is always the key to ensuring that you receive the most updated, accurate information and that your write-offs are right-on, but ...


Increase Productivity at Work by Socializing with Colleagues

RISMEDIA, Feb. 14, 2008-(MCT)-The rules are simple: The first time you ride, you eat breakfast for free. The second time, you buy for everybody. If you don't ride for 90 days, you buy for everybody when you do. ...


Hamptons Real Estate Summer Rental Market Booms despite Shaky Economy

RISMEDIA, Feb. 13, 2008-(MCT)-If you think it's too early to book your summer vacation in the Hamptons, think again. The first buds of spring may be weeks away, but in the Hamptons, real estate agents say, the rental season is already going full throttle. ...


Condo Living – Buyers and Sellers Combat Noise Issue

RISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-Brian Verban knows quiet when he hears it ... or not. He and wife Jamie grew up in small-town Illinois and in suburban Franklin, Wis., respectively. When they're home, they want to live in their own noise, and when they want to talk with their neighbors, they ...


Real Estate Advice: Rent It Out or Leave It Vacant?

Commentary by Rob Massey ...


What’s Hot, What’s Not: Spotting the New Home Trends of `08

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-(MCT)-Wenge, it's been good to know you. Sunken Jacuzzis, we had some good times. Blue and brown, I can't believe it's over. But after a couple of years of same-old, same-old on the home-front, winds of change are blowing in. Some are driven by fashion, others by ...


Think Summer: How to Find Rentals before the Weather Heats Up

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-Even though temperatures outside are still hovering near freezing and Fourth of July heat is months away, now is the time to find better oceanfront summer rentals on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the New Jersey Shore or the Maine Coast. ...


The 10 ‘Best Places’ to Live in Rural America

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-Kent County, Maryland, was awarded top honors in the fourth annual edition of the "Best Places to Live in Rural America" rankings by The Progressive Farmer magazine, released this week. Each year, the rankings name the top 10 rural counties in the nation, according to several quality-of-life ...


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