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Home Owner News Archive


Home Improvement Q& A: Nine Questions to Ask a Contractor

By Desiree French ...


New California Appraisal Law is Good First Step to Protect Appraisers and Homeowners

RISMEDIA, Oct. 11, 2007-Last Friday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law, SB 223. This bill is an attempt to reform the system that puts pressure on appraisers to hit a predetermined value for a property, set by the mortgage brokers or homeowners to make a sale go through. ...


Heating Bills to be About 10% Higher this Winter

By Rex Nutting, MarketWatch ...


Local Home Sales Tax Bills Spark Public Response

RISMEDIA, Oct. 10, 2007-New Jersey's current and future homeowners can now use the Web site www.njhometax.com to tell state legislators that they don't want to pay hundreds of dollars more for a local Home Sales Tax. ...


Prudential Georgia Realty: State of the Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, Oct. 9, 2007-The market facts tell us that-right now-there is a truly unique window of opportunity for well-informed buyers of residential real estate. As we look back historically, there have been previous "windows of opportunity" for buying real estate, stocks and other investments. How many times have we heard ...


In a Recession, Does Land Offer Refuge?

By Curtis Seltzer ...


Peer Pressure: Homeowners More Likely to Conserve Energy if Neighbors Do

By Sarah Baicker, Medill News Service ...


Something New Under the Sun: Cheaper Solar Technology

By Jim Carlton, The Wall Street Journal ...


Escape Dominates during Fire Prevention Week

RISMEDIA, Oct. 8, 2007-Most Americans believe they have at least 10 minutes to get out of their homes during a fire. This is a deadly mistake. Unfortunately, a person only has three minutes or less to escape to safety before smoke or flames can become fatal (Source: National Fire Protection ...


Home Improvement Q&A: What guidelines should I follow to find a contractor?

By Desiree French ...


Homeowner Trends: Screened Porch Upgrades

RISMEDIA, Oct. 2, 2007-According to local deck and porch designing experts, screened porches have been making a strong comeback. However, what was once a practical necessity is today becoming a more luxurious amenity for homeowners who are interested in jazzing up their screened porches with their own personalized style or ...


Curb Appeal: Five Tips for Inspecting Your Landscape

RISMEDIA, Oct. 1, 2007-If you're a homeowner, chances are you will spend a portion of your weekend landscaping your yard. Whether you're over-seeding the lawn, mulching the garden or planting shrubs and trees, landscaping is a great tool to increase the perceived value of your home. What homeowners and potential buyers ...


Lower Cost and Higher Electric Rates Light the Way to Bulb Change

By Jennifer Openshaw ...


Bill Tightens Second-Home Tax Rules

By John Godfrey, The Wall Street Journal ...


Six Low-cost Interior Touch-ups for Apartment Renters

By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch ...