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Homeowners Call for Immediate Economic Stimulus Package

RISMEDIA, Jan. 22, 2008-This week, the American Homeowners Grassroots Alliance (AHGA) called on President Bush and Democratic and Republican members of Congress to work together to craft a balanced short term economic stimulus package to head off recession and stem the surge in foreclosures that are driving the economy into ...


Dilemma for Sellers, Cut Price?

RISMEDIA, Jan. 22, 2008-(MCT)-Good friends of mine tried to sell their ranch-style house in Hazel Dell, Washington all last summer with no luck, even through they put in a new sidewalk and driveway and kept it looking tidy. ...


Your Money: Should I Tap My 401(k) to Pay Off Debts?

RISMEDIA, Jan. 21, 2008-(MCT)- Q: My wages haven't really kept up to increases in my expenses in the last year. I've racked up a large amount of credit card debt and I'm thinking about taking a loan against my 401(k) to pay off my debts. Will I regret this later? ...


Help Homeowners, Economy Immediately, Says NAR

RISMEDIA, Jan. 21, 2008-The National Association of Realtors® urged President George W. Bush and Congress to help homeowners and the national economy by loosening constraints on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as an integral part of a federal stimulus package currently being discussed. ...


Every Home Can be the ‘Perfect’ Listing

RISMEDIA, Jan. 19, 2008-(MCT)-First impressions are the most important and you never get a second chance to make that first impression. If you are planning to put your home on the real estate market this spring and it has the "lived-in" look, or needs a general sprucing up, consider staging ...


A Cry for Help: Foreclosure Prevention Hotline Shatters Records

RISMEDIA, Jan. 17, 2008-Is foreclosure becoming an epidemic in our country? If the numbers being reported to the Homeownership Preservation Foundation's Homeowner's HOPETM Hotline are any indication, there is cause for concern. ...


The Fight for Good Credit

RISMEDIA, Jan. 17, 2008-(MCT)-Remember trying to refinance during the real estate boom? You were lucky if your broker or lender returned your calls within two weeks. ...


The $1,000 Tax Mistake

RISMEDIA, Jan. 17, 2008-(MCT)-You know tax-filing season is off to a rough start when the government tells taxpayers: Don't follow the instructions. ...


Regional Spotlight: Apartment Vacancy Rates Post a Big Drop

RISMEDIA, Jan. 17, 2008-Apartment rents in Tulsa increased an average of 6.5% in 2007, the highest jump in at least 20 years. But that didn't stop renters from filling complexes, as vacancies declined 1 point to 7.5%, matching the highest improvement since 1991, according to a survey by CB Richard ...


Escaping the City: Seven Reasons to Buy Country Property

By Curtis Seltzer ...


10 Reasons the South Florida Condominium Market is Hot

RISMEDIA, Jan. 16, 2008-Sapphire Condominium along Fort Lauderdale Beach released its Top 10 Reasons to Live in a Luxury Beach Condominium in South Florida. ...


Give Your Clients the Real Facts

RISMEDIA, Jan. 15, 2008-Beginning this week, the National Association of Realtors is reaching out to consumers with the facts about homeownership and the value of real estate as a long-term investment. Would-be homeowners who are uncertain about their home buying plans can learn more about the options available to them ...


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 ...


Regional Spotlight: Manhattan Rental Market Resilient, though Not Invincible in ’07

RISMEDIA, Jan. 10, 2008-The Real Estate Group New York (TREGNY) released their first Year-End Manhattan Rental Market Round-up. The study, which synthesizes data from all of TREGNY's 2007 monthly Market Reports, evaluates the state of the Manhattan rental market based on its performance throughout the year. Intended as a guide ...