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Sellers Struggle to Compete with Foreclosures – The King

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2009-(MCT)-Looking to move up, Cheryl and Jeff Wortzel put their Midtown, Tucson home on the market in December. With two young boys sharing a room, the Wortzels want more space than their two-bedroom home in the Blenman-Elm Neighborhood ...


Hand Scanners Ease Shopping at Local Supermarkets

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2009-(MCT)-Shopping with two young girls in tow, Laura Brandes has taken to carrying a scanning gun as she travels the aisles of the recently opened Stop & Shop in Hampton Bays, New York. ...


Safety Tips for Firing Up This Fourth of July

RISMEDIA, July 3, 2009-According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) more than two-thirds of Americans will fire up their grill, smoker or fryer for the Independence Day holiday this year, the most popular outdoor cooking holiday. Blue Rhino, a ...


How Does Yield Spread Help Buyers Buy?

RISMEDIA, July 2, 2009-Opportunity is knocking fairly loudly for many considering homeownership. Home prices have declined in many markets around the country and tax incentives and other inducements have first-time home buyers and others weighing the possibilities. ...


Home Energy Q&A – Programmable Thermostats

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2009-(MCT)-Q: I heard you talk to a group of homeowners recently and you recommended that people use programmable thermostats to save energy. However, I saw an article a while ago where some researchers said that these products really ...


How Long Will a Foreclosure or Bankruptcy Affect Credit?

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2009-(MCT)-Question: How long will a foreclosure or bankruptcy show up on your credit report? ...


Tips for Getting Patio Furniture Spruced Up for Summer

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2009-(MCT)-Let's talk about cleaning more than just your chairs, if we may, since summer has arrived, and it's time to play outdoors. To clean woven furniture, you'll need to get into and around those intricate weaves. And ...


Mortgage Window Shopping – 5 Tips for Prospective Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, June 26, 2009-(MCT)-After a recent spike seen in mortgage rates, some consumers are wondering whether they've missed their chance to refinance into an ultra-low rate. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, June 25, 2009-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 19, 2009.  The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 548.2, an increase of 6.6% on a seasonally ...


Have We Reached Bottom? 10 Factors to Consider

RISMEDIA, June 24, 2009-Historically, the value of real estate goes through cycles. Many factors affect the value of homes including the laws of "supply and demand." From the Appraisal Institute, here's a quick reference guide to some of the factors involved ...


Hard Times Make Credit Score Key

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2009-(MCT)-Americans' credit scores, the three-digit number that determines whether you'll get a loan and how much you'll pay for it, have taken a beating. Millions of consumers' scores have dropped, making it more expensive for them to borrow ...


How to Childproof Furniture

RISMEDIA, June 22, 2009-(MCT)-The number of children injured when furniture falls on them has jumped 40% over the past 20 years. Here are tips from Dr. Jim Schmidt, co-founder of the Virginia Beach, Va.-based company Child Safety House Calls: ...


Luring First-time Buyers – 5 Tips to Beat the Competition, Sell Your Home

RISMEDIA, June 19, 2009-(MCT)-A federal tax credit of up to $8,000 is nudging many Americans into buying a home for the first time, good news for those trying to sell one. ...


Guidelines for a Successful Summer Move – Be Prepared

RISMEDIA, June 18, 2009-The market is warming up, the kids are out of school, and more Americans are gearing up to move long distances. A recent survey by relocation.com shows staggering data when it comes to moving: ...


5 Tips on ‘Techorating,’ the Latest in Home Decorating

RISMEDIA, June 17, 2009-(MCT)-The latest thing in decorating is combing interior design with technology, thus "techorating." Doug Wilson, a well-known designer on TLC's "Moving Up" and "Trading Spaces" offers tips on how to pull it off. Wilson also serves as a ...


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