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3 Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Increase a Home’s Energy Efficiency

RISMEDIA, April 3, 2008-Four out of five people are interested in being "green," according to a nationwide survey among homeowners. And, nine out of 10 homeowners agree that improving the energy efficiency of their homes is one of the most useful actions to help ...


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. ...


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 ...


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. ...


Top 10 Foreclosure Avoidance Tips

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


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? ...


For Tech-Savvy Consumers, Real Estate Agents are Still the Experts

Commentary by Lloyd Frink ...


Your Rights – Appraising Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisals

By Curtis Seltzer ...


Tax Season – 6 Advantages of Homeownership

RISMEDIA, Feb. 18, 2008-As we enter tax season, it's a great time to review the tax advantages associated with owning your own home. Of course, consulting your tax advisor is always the key to ensuring that you receive the most updated, accurate information and that your write-offs are right-on, but ...


Condo Living – Buyers and Sellers Combat Noise Issue

RISMEDIA, Feb. 12, 2008-Brian Verban knows quiet when he hears it ... or not. He and wife Jamie grew up in small-town Illinois and in suburban Franklin, Wis., respectively. When they're home, they want to live in their own noise, and when they want to talk with their neighbors, they ...


Real Estate Advice: Rent It Out or Leave It Vacant?

Commentary by Rob Massey ...


What’s Hot, What’s Not: Spotting the New Home Trends of `08

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-(MCT)-Wenge, it's been good to know you. Sunken Jacuzzis, we had some good times. Blue and brown, I can't believe it's over. But after a couple of years of same-old, same-old on the home-front, winds of change are blowing in. Some are driven by fashion, others by ...


The 10 ‘Best Places’ to Live in Rural America

RISMEDIA, Feb. 6, 2008-Kent County, Maryland, was awarded top honors in the fourth annual edition of the "Best Places to Live in Rural America" rankings by The Progressive Farmer magazine, released this week. Each year, the rankings name the top 10 rural counties in the nation, according to several quality-of-life ...


Sellers Offering Agents Bonuses; Tactic Unlikely to Move Homes

RISMEDIA, Feb. 1, 2008-(MCT)-"Sell my house, and I'll give you a bonus on top of your commission." That's the message some home sellers are sending to buyers' real estate agents. They hope offering an extra $3,000, $5,000 or more will stir up interest in their properties and motivate more real ...


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