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For Some, Small Homes are Just the Right Size

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-(MCT)-They had the land and the plan ready for a 3,000-square-foot retirement home. ...


Signs of Change: Existing-Home Sales Rise 3.6% in June

RISMEDIA, July 24, 2009-Existing-home sales rose for the third consecutive month with inventory easing and home prices declining less sharply in June, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Forty-Two Percent of Americans Have Below-Average Credit Scores

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2009-Forty-two percent of U.S. consumers have credit scores between 550 and 699. As a result, these consumers typically don't qualify for preferred interest rates and, depending on their overall credit profile, they may not even qualify for certain ...


First-Time Home Buyers Eager to Reap Tax Credit Benefits, but Unsure of Details

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2009-The federal tax credit for first-time home buyers is now half way to its Dec. 1, 2009, expiration date, and it seems fair to ask just how much it is helping real estate markets. The RE/MAX network ...


Loan Modification Efforts Helping Few Troubled Homeowners

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2009-(MCT)-Despite efforts by the federal government and banks to stop the home foreclosure disaster, frustrated borrowers are still battling red tape and delays in their attempts to negotiate lower payments, even as hundreds of thousands of them ...


Gen Y: Use Your Social Media Skills to Land the Perfect Job

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2009-Students looking for a job in this market need more than a career coach, they need connections! It seems everyone believes you need connections to people, but very few job hunters understand you have a real edge ...


Consumer Mortgage Audit Center Reveals the 5 Most Common Mortgage Violations

RISMEDIA, July 17, 2009-Ninety-eight percent of all mortgages are potentially eligible to be renegotiated due to Truth in Lending Act violations according to a review of thousands of mortgage documents undertaken by the Consumer Mortgage Audit Center (CMAC). The vast ...


1.9 Million Foreclosure Filings Reported on More Than 1.5 Million U.S. Properties in First Half of 2009

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2009-RealtyTrac®, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, has released its Midyear 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 1,905,723 foreclosure filings - default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions - were reported on ...


Want to Buy a House? Buy a Ticket

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2009-(MCT)-With a housing market sinking to lows seldom seen in this country's history, some people are resorting to seldom-used practices to sell their houses. ...


City Snapshot: In Twin Cities, Home Sales Increased in June, First-time Buyers Responding to Low Prices

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2009-(MCT)-The number of closed home sales in the Twin Cities during June shot up 20 percent compared with the same period last year, according to numbers released Friday, and the median price for the month was the highest ...


How to Design A Kid’s Room with Staying Power

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2009-(MCT)-Dora the Explorer can undergo all the makeovers she wants - that Dora comforter is still getting chucked faster than last year's gym shoes when Hannah Montana comes calling. And therein lies the quandary for parents trying ...


Do you Have Above-Average Credit?

RISMEDIA, July 11, 2009-Forty-two percent of U.S. consumers have credit scores between 550 and 699. As a result, these consumers typically don't qualify for preferred interest rates and, depending on their overall credit profile, they may not even qualify for ...


Take the ‘Slap’ Out of Bug Season

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2009-(MCT)-If you've been out camping, fishing or working in the garden, then chances are you've been smacking, slapping and itching. Mosquitoes, those (bleeping) bloodthirsty spoilers of outdoor summer fun - and their biting friends, black flies, gnats ...


First-time Home Buyer? Get an Inspection

RISMEDIA, July 9, 2009-As many consumers are considering buying a house to take advantage of first-time home buyer tax credits, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) reminds them about the importance of getting a professional home inspection. According to ...


Home energy Q&A – Home Air Conditioner Do’s and Don’ts

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2009-(MCT)-Q: I thought I was operating our air conditioner efficiently until a neighbor came over to our house and told me he just read in your column that I shouldn't leave the "fan setting" running all the time ...


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