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Tapping Health Plans’ Hidden Benefits

By Kristen Gerencher, MarketWatch ...


How to Work out a Problem Mortgage with Your Lender

By Lew Sichelman ...


Mortgage Group Says Psychological Effect Alone Could Sink Consumers

By Amy Hoak, MarketWatch ...


Mortgage Mayhem Doesn’t Seem to Be Contagious for Other Types of Credit

RISMEDIA, August 21, 2007—(MCT)—There is a severe credit crunch in the home mortgage market, but there should be few problems for consumers seeking other types of credit, such as car and personal loans, experts said Friday. ...


What If Your Lender Goes Bust?

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2007—(MCT)—The stock markets fell in early trading Thursday in part because a financial analyst raised concerns about the liquidity of Countrywide Financial, the nation's largest home lender by volume. ...


Los Angeles to Study Homeowner Bailout Fund

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2007—(MCT)—With a growing number of homeowners facing potential foreclosure in a slowing housing market, Los Angeles officials agreed Tuesday to study creating a special emergency loan fund. ...


How Market Jitters Could Affect You

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2007—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve last Friday tried to ease investor concerns by pumping $38 billion into the financial system. Banks have become averse to taking risks following the meltdown of so-called subprime loans, which were given to borrowers with weaker credit histories. ...


HomeVestors Issues Free Report on Seven Secrets of Successful Real Estate Investing

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2007—Psst. It’s a secret to many, but one company is sharing why plenty of people are still buying houses and finding success in residential real estate investing across the U.S. despite the fluctuating economy. ...


Why It Makes ‘Cents’ to Include a New Garage Door in Your Home Remodeling Project

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—According to an online survey, 71% of homeowners who recently replaced their garage door believe it increased the value of their home. ...


Condos Add Pet-Friendly Amenities

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—(MCT)—When Georgia Tech chemistry professor Steven Giradot decided to find a new home closer to his job, he had to account for something besides his own preferences in choosing the next place to live. ...


Got Mold? Mold Remediation Gives You A Tax Deduction

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—Did you know that if you are a landlord or a homeowner and you have to have mold removed from your home, it is tax deductible? It qualifies as a repair that has to be done to protect the investment of your home. ...


Making Repairs after Unexpected Home Damages

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2007—(MCT)—The carpet from the family room and everything that had been on it are piled at the curb. The washer, dryer, hot water tank, freezer and other items that had been knee-deep in muddy water in the basement have been dragged out there, too. ...


Five Most Moved-To Cities: Growing Families Find Great Prospects

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2007—Growing families are flocking to Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Chicago and Las Vegas to find great home values and family-friendly communities boasting healthy local economies and abundant job opportunities. Move.com, an online network of Web sites for real estate search, finance, and moving, features homes in ...


How to Use Credit Cards Wisely

By Marshall Loeb, MarketWatch ...


Trading Pieces: With Any Fractional Property Ownership, Resale Comes into Play

By Jennifer Openshaw ...