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How to Help Homeowners Maintain Value

RISMEDIA, Feb. 11, 2008-With reports that foreclosures are up 51% from 2006 and that home ownership took a record plunge in 2007, it's clear that 2008 will be a year of economic uncertainty, and at worst, a year of continuing downturn. As consumers continue to feel the squeeze, the American ...


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

Commentary by Rob Massey ...


Hues to Use: Neutral and Natural Are Hot in Homes This Year

RISMEDIA, Feb. 8, 2008-(MCT)--What's in store for home decor in 2008? Expect to see a lot of anything that looks "natural." Slubby undyed linen upholstery. Neutral-colored natural-fiber rugs. Tables made to look like logs. ...


Success for the Real Estate Auction Avenue

RISMEDIA, Feb. 7, 2008-Recently, one company shared a statistic with the industry that may come as a surprise-claiming 2007 as a record year. Upon hearing the words ‘record year' and ‘2007' used in the same sentence, many wonder what the secret was to their success. Here, we introduce Tony Isbell, ...


Borrowers Bugged by ‘Trigger Lead’ Calls

RISMEDIA, Feb. 7, 2008-(MCT)-There is a bee buzzing in the bonnet of many mortgage brokers right now. And some consumers who have encountered the marketing tactic at issue might not be too pleased, either. ...


Going, Going…Solar

RISMEDIA, Feb. 7, 2008- (MCT)-Q: Several of my neighbors have had solar water heaters installed and they're very happy with them, even though we live in the Midwest in an area that doesn't always seem very sunny. I'm disappointed that they're still so much more expensive than non-solar systems, and ...


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 ...


Fed Rate Cut: What’s in It for You: Could Mean Lower Mortgage, Car, Credit Card Bills

By Louis Llovio ...


Are People Tuned in to Digital Changes?

By Jim Stafford ...


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 ...


Mortgage Spam Jumps in Response to Fed Rate Cut

RISMEDIA, Feb. 1, 2008-Spam about mortgage refinancing jumped to 10% of all spam in the past week in conjunction with the recent interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve, according to research by Commtouch. Further changes expected to be announced today may spur even more finance-related spam - always ...


Survey: Renters Are Packing up in Search of Employment and Cheaper Apartments

RISMEDIA, Feb. 1, 2008-The two key factors driving more than half (55%) of renters to move in 2008 are relocating for a job and reducing the cost of rent, according to a national survey from Apartments.com to current renters. Almost half of renters (48%) surveyed said they are moving to ...


Now Playing in Your Living Room: Super Bowl XLII

RISMEDIA, Jan. 31, 2008-If you've been eyeing those fancy new televisions in stores lately, you've got a lot of company. Super Bowl season-the game is Feb. 3-is one of the top times of the year for TV sales, and this year there's the added incentive of major price breaks that ...