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5 Tips to Keep your Home Mold-Free this Spring

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2008-In the wake of this winter's major meltdown, and with spring's rainy season at our doorsteps, excessive household moisture exposure and water damage could cause mold to take hold in your home. ...


Living Outside: Garden Rooms Offer a Place to Relax Outdoors

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2008-(MCT)-For years, the side yard of Jay and Sylvia Gonzalez's Reedley, Calif., home was left bare and empty. When the couple went outside, it was usually to use the pool and covered patio in the backyard. Last year, though, they decided it was time to do something ...


More Homeowners Are Just Walking Away

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2008-(MCT)-Owing more on properties than they're worth, some local homeowners are voluntarily walking away from their house notes. ...


Landlords Facing Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2008-(MCT)-While South Florida's falling housing prices may favor renting rather than buying right now, the recent real estate bubble is also creating new risks for tenants. ...


7 Tools for Relocation

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2008-If you are considering relocating, or guiding a client through a relocation, there are many factors to take into consideration. The Move Advocate provides a comprehensive menu of Relocation Tools to assist in the relocation process. From calculating potential expenses to choosing the right community, these tools ...


How to Tap Your Retirement Assets to Achieve Real Estate Dreams

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2008--How many times have you run into eager real estate investors who had the bulk of their money tied up in retirement plan assets-and believed they had no way to tap those assets? Now you can help those clients and yourself utilize retirement assets to the fullest. ...


Home Maintenance Guidelines – Tips for Buyers and Sellers in Every Region

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2008-Being a homeowner comes with its own set of challenges, particularly as it relates to home maintenance. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) recognizes that geography is a significant contributor to maintenance issues and encourages homeowners to familiarize themselves with common issues in their region. ...


When it’s Time to Turn to Short Sales

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2008-(MCT)-What do you do if you're a single mother who can't afford your mortgage payments of more than $3,700 a month, but can't sell your house for anywhere near the amount you owe on the mortgage? ...


Consumers Give up Lattes, Travel as Economy Sours

RISMEDIA, March 6, 2008-(MCT)-With the economy in a nosedive, Americans are shedding unnecessary expenses, saving their cash and voting "no" to discretionary spending. ...


Home Sweet Home — StyleDesigner Allows Consumers to Scratch Their Nesting Itch

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2008-In a time when home buyers need every reassurance that they are making the right purchase, Obeo has developed a high-tech way to meet this very basic buyer need. ...


Top 10 Foreclosure Avoidance Tips

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2008-Here are 10 suggestions to avoid foreclosure, both now and in the future. ...


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. ...


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