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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 ...


Sellers Offering Agents Bonuses; Tactic Unlikely to Move Homes

RISMEDIA, Feb. 1, 2008-(MCT)-"Sell my house, and I'll give you a bonus on top of your commission." That's the message some home sellers are sending to buyers' real estate agents. They hope offering an extra $3,000, $5,000 or more will stir up interest in their properties and motivate more real ...


Your Home: Patent on Pizzazz

RISMEDIA, Jan. 31, 2008-(MCT)-The stuff that put the gloss on your Mary Janes is now adding a little glitz to the home. Patent leather has sauntered off the fashion runway and into our living spaces, lending its gleam to accent pieces, accessories and even upholstery. It's still a niche product ...


Tricks of the Trade: Tips to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

RISMEDIA, Jan. 29, 2008-Visual tricks are a very important tool of interior design. Colors, light, furniture and decorative pieces can be arranged the right way to make a statement, or to make a space look smaller...or bigger. At Home Rewards(SM), a discount membership program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, knows ...


Self-Defense Tactics: 7 Ways to Avoid a Real Estate Con Artist

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Tips for a Smooth Move: How to Avoid Real Estate Closing Nightmares

RISMEDIA, Jan. 25, 2008-An unexpected problem on the day of your real estate closing can turn the experience from a dream into a nightmare. With a little research and advanced preparation you can ensure a smooth closing process before you are handed the keys to your new abode. Here are ...


The Top 10 Electrical Safety Tips to Practice Year-round

RISMEDIA, Jan. 24, 2008-With 2008 in full swing, people are planning to make this year better than the last. One resolution that all companies should make year after year is make safety top priority. ...


Help Your Home Stand Out from the Crowd

RISMEDIA, Jan. 24, 2008-How can homeowners desperate to sell their home increase their chance of a quick and profitable sale in the current real estate market? ...


With Building Costs Down, Now is the Time to Build a Custom Home

RISMEDIA, Jan. 15, 2008-According to one company, one good thing has come out of the current housing slump. Less new construction has created less demand for building materials. As a result, materials prices have fallen sharply across the board. HomeCrafters' co-owner, Troy Means, has noticed that building costs are down ...


You Dirty Rat! Preventative Measures for Keeping Rodents Outdoors

 RISMEDIA, Jan. 15, 2008-Across the country, bitter cold temperatures and winter storms are forcing more than just people indoors. Rodents such as mice, rats and squirrels can pose significant risks to people and their properties. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers solutions for homeowners on how to keep rodents ...


Consumer Advocates Disclose the Yield Spread Premium Kick Back on Mortgages

RISMEDIA, Jan. 8, 2008-For the last four years Americas Watchdog has been vocal about double standards that exist in the U.S. mortgage industry. Because of these double standards, Americas Watchdog estimates that 9 out of 10 current U.S. homeowners pay a higher monthly mortgage payment than what they could have, ...


Where Does Your State Rank-the Best and Worst Home Inspection Regulation Laws

RISMEDIA, Jan. 7, 2008-Later this month, when state legislators in Florida, Pennsylvania and California reconvene for the 2008 session, they may want to take a close look at the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) 2007 state ranking of the best and worst home inspection regulation laws in the United ...


Top Ten 2008 New Years Resolutions for Homeowners

RISMEDIA, Jan. 3, 2008-One of the best New Years Resolutions homeowners can make is to eliminate expenses that are unnecessary and have no benefit. This is a tall order for many of us, with implications ranging from how you finance your mortgage to the energy efficiency of your home. Nevertheless ...


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