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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 ...


Avoiding a Capital Gains Tax on the Sale of Your House

By Tom Herman, The Wall Street Journal Online ...


Taking a Chance: Buyers Grab Foreclosed Homes at Auction

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2007—(MCT)—Tough luck for some spells opportunity for others. ...


Retail Sales Show Modest Rebound in July

RISMEDIA, August 15, 2007--(MarketWatch)--U.S. retail sales showed a moderate rebound in July from what had been a weak June. ...


Home Improvements Q & A: Should I hire a professional or do the job myself?

By Desiree French ...


CreditCards.com: Student Cards Charged Highest APR

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2007—Credit card interest rates kept their positions this week alongside a Federal Reserve decision to leave monetary policy unchanged. However, certain Fed watchers took changes in language used by the central bank to mean that a lowering of the prime rate could be on the horizon. ...


Late on Your Mortgage? How to Keep Your Home

By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch ...


Homeowners Get Real Estate Advice with Launch of ‘Help Us Sell Our House’ Portal

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2007--Sparo Publishing International, Inc. has announced the launch of Help Us Sell Our House™ (www.HelpUsSellOurHouse.com). The consumer-based Web portal identifies addresses and provides solutions for homeowners selling both primary residences and investment real estate holdings. ...