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Homeowners: Big Ideas for Small Spaces

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—(MCT)—As we exit the era of the McMansion and begin to embrace the concept of the "big-enough" home, we need to rethink some of our interior-design ideas. ...


New Lead-Safe Practices to Increase Home-Remodeling Costs

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—(MCT)—Local contractors say a controversial new federal safety rule will increase home-remodeling costs in Manatee County, Florida, but by how much is a matter of debate. Beginning October 1, 2010, contractors will be required to take additional ...


Pricing Your Kitchen Remodel – 5 Factors to Keep in Mind

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—Homeowners who are looking to remodel their kitchen should keep the following factors—that can significantly affect the price of their remodel—in mind as they begin to make plans to upgrade their kitchen. ...


With Retirement Funds Low, Lifestyle Downgrades Ahead

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—(MCT)—If you're a baby boomer, the odds are high that you'll exhaust your retirement savings after 10 or 20 years of retirement, according to the latest Retirement Readiness Rating report released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. ...


How to Budget for Home Maintenance

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—New homeowners oftentimes stretch themselves financially when having to pay the initial costs that come with purchasing a home. While it is important to focus on these preliminary expenses, homeowners must be aware of the financial requirements that come with maintaining the home. Here, Dan Steward, President, ...


Real Estate Incentives Out of Style among Price-Focused Shoppers

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—(MCT)—Government cash didn't help John Foley and Cindy Case sell their Minneapolis house before the federal home buyer's tax credit expired at the end of April, so the couple decided to take matters into their own hands. ...


75 Percent of Nation’s Top Metro Areas Post Increasing Foreclosure Activity in First Half of 2010

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its Midyear 2010 Metropolitan Foreclosure Market Report, which shows 154 of the 206 U.S. metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity even while foreclosure activity decreased in nine of the ...


New Coalition Urges Federal Government to Stop Dangerous Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—A wide array of organizations including the American Land Title Association, the National Association of Realtors, AFSCME, Vote Vets, the Center for Responsible Lending, the Property Rights Alliance and the Institute for Liberty recently launched The Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees with an appeal ...


U.S. May Be Edging toward Period of Deflation, Some Economist Fear

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—(MCT)—The White House’s recent prediction that the deficit would hit a record $1.47 trillion this year poured new fuel on the fiery argument over whether the government should begin cutting back to avoid future inflation or instead keep stimulating the economy to help the still-sputtering recovery. ...


How Can You Afford to Not Train Your Agents?

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—Each and every month you invest in occupancy, utilities, technology and other needed items to run your business—those ongoing expenses that you must have, but don’t create revenue. Truth is, the quickest way to a profitable office is to have a team of motivated and well-trained real ...


Tips and Tricks to Help Traverse the Execution Gap

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2010—The ability to manage change, a structure that supports execution, employee involvement in decision making, alignment between leader actions and company values and priorities and company-wide coordination and cooperation are the five bridges that enable a company ...


Study: Among Home Buyers, Satisfaction with Real Estate Companies Increases, while Satisfaction among Home Sellers Decreases Considerably

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2010—Reflective of the real estate buyers’ market conditions in many regions in the U.S., satisfaction with real estate companies among home buyers has improved from 2009, while satisfaction among home sellers has declined, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Home Buyer/Seller Study. ...


First-Time Home Buyers: Tips to Make Your House a Home

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2010—After getting the keys to their new homes, many first-time home buyers are excited about finally having the opportunity to personalize and furnish their new house. From coffee tables to lamps to lawnmowers, many previous renters leap into homeownership quickly realizing they need to do a lot ...


Property Taxes 101 – Saving Money and Making Cents of Assessments

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2010—Property owners prepared with research and information can save thousands of dollars on their property taxes. Following the simple steps outlined by Barry Sharpe, President of South Florida-based Property Tax Appeal Group (P-Tag), one can help property ...


Adapting to Market Realities

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2010—Adapting to today’s market realities and getting back to basics are some of the best practices real estate professionals are attributing to their success. Here, Richard and Brenda Rose, Owners of Realty Executives Advantage in Bowie, Maryland discuss how they are helping their agents adjust to today’s ...


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