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Consumer News and Advice Archive


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 ...


8 Tips for Avoiding Real Estate Fraud

RISMEDIA, Feb. 18, 2008-With residential real estate in turmoil across the country, consumers need to know how to steer clear of a scam posing as the answer to their problems. ...


Move or Renovate? Tips to Consider When You’ve Outgrown Your Space

RISMEDIA, Feb. 18, 2008-So either your stuff is growing or your house is getting smaller. Is it time to consider a new home, or can you renovate the one you have to give yourself the space you desire? These questions and others can be answered when you decide what your ...


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 ...


5 Ways to Take Advantage of the New Freeze on Real Estate Foreclosures

RISMEDIA, Feb. 15, 2008-Robert Shemin says one of the most important secrets to becoming wealthy is getting out of debt. And the only way to get out of debt is to take action. ...


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. ...


Experienced Home Buyers Say ‘Smart Time to Buy’ Sentiment Prevails

RISMEDIA, Feb. 14, 2008-Despite all of the negative commentary about the housing and credit markets, 64% of Americans believe that for those with good credit and a down payment "this is an ideal time to buy a home," according to a study commissioned by Beazer Homes, one of the country's ...


Orlando Real Estate Inventory Increases, Stalling Sellers Place Homes on Market – Regional Spotlight

RISMEDIA, Feb. 13, 2008-The multi-month decline in the number of homes available for purchase in the Orlando area reversed its trend in January, when 1,426 homes were added to the inventory. January historically sees an upward spike in inventory as a result of owners who hold out until after the ...


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. ...


How a Home Inspection Checklist Helps Real Estate Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, Feb. 13, 2008-For many years prospective home buyers had little choice in what homes to pick to purchase. It seems like all the best homes disappeared from the market within days for the listing price or in many cases tens of thousands of dollars more than the listing price. ...


Need Help Understanding Home Loans? Buyers and Sellers Should Take Time to Read the Fine Print

RISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-(MCT)-The foreclosure crisis is focusing new attention on the need for consumers to understand what they are signing when they take out a loan to buy a home.Clearly, some salesmen misled some consumers. But there's reason to believe other consumers didn't carefully read what was put in ...


Homeowner Entertainment Idea – Fondue is Fashionable Again

RISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-(MCT)-It's your turn to host next month's girls' night. Not sure what to do for food and entertainment? Why not try something old yet new at the same time? Try fondue, which is having a resurgence. There are plenty of recipes online, as well as books dedicated ...


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 ...