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House Swaps Picking up in Slow Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-(MCT)-About two weeks ago, Leonard and Blynda Masters moved into Kathleen Jordan's Fort Caroline home, and Jordan and her four sons moved into the Masters' home, about four miles away. No, they weren't doing it for a ...


Healthy Humidity and Your Home

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-Winter generally brings very low humidity to our homes and the extreme dryness can cause health and other problems. Here, we discuss some ideas on how to combat both low and high humidity in your home. ...


Tax Breaks Pile up for California Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-(MCT)-Major housewarming gifts worth thousands of dollars are piling up for Sacramento-area couples and singles who buy a house in 2009. ...


More People Finding New Ways to Pinch Pennies

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2009-(MCT)-Bernhard Erb, of Monroeville, and his family are conserving electricity by unplugging appliances. Saving more money and paying off debt has driven the Erb family to make a habit of unplugging all electronics they aren't using in their home. ...


The Basics of Moving and Taxation

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2009-Now that 2008 is over, it's the right time for you and your clients to begin thinking about taxes. Many of us are getting our records in order in preparation for tax day, April 15, 2009. If you or your clients have made a move this year, ...


Banking on the ‘Mortgage Stool’

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2009-(MCT)-You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to get your mortgage application approved these days, but it wouldn't hurt. ...


Home Improvement Q&A – Questions to Ask When Interviewing Contractors

Q: We're ready to go to bid on potential contractors-the plans are done, all the options that we can foresee have been selected, and we have a list of recommended contractors we're going to ask for proposals. One of our biggest concerns is that we'll "miss something" when we interview ...


Home energy Q&A – Daylighting Your Home

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When There’s No $ for the Rent

RISMEDIA, February 20, 2009-(MCT)-The national housing loan crunch that has hurt homebuyers with poor credit is also adversely affecting renters. But local real estate agents and developers say the demand for rental units remains strong. ...


How One Family Avoided Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, February 20, 2009-(MCT)-Jodi Pope hadn't expected the squeeze she and her family were suddenly facing. ...


Builders Launch Tax Credit Website

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has launched a newly designed website that provides detailed information about the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers that is a key measure in the sweeping economic stimulus legislation signed into law today by President Barack Obama. ...


Realtors – The Key to a Successful Home Buying Experience

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-According to the 2008 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 81% of home buyers enlisted the service of a real estate professional. And while this is consistent with 2007 survey findings, some agents believe this number will rise in 2009 as more home ...


Q&A: How Will the Stimulus Plan Help Me?

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-(MCT)-President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday the largest government economic rescue plan in the nation's history, a $787 billion package of spending, tax cuts and tax credits that's designed to help pull the nation out of what's becoming the worst downturn since the Great Depression. ...


Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-(MCT)-The ingredients are probably all right there in your kitchen or bath cabinets-baking soda, ammonia, vinegar, rubbing alcohol. ...


It’s Harder, but Still Possible, to Get a Loan

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2009-(MCT)-The freewheeling days of doling out cars and homes to just anyone are over. With the nation facing a deepening financial crisis, banks have tightened their credit standards. Yet, lenders say it's still possible for the average person to qualify. ...


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