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Considering New Construction? Top 5 Tips for Buying a Newly Built Home

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—Newly built homes, often in recently developed communities, are regaining popularity and are more affordable than in years past. New homebuilders are using desirable, open floor plans and are helping buyers get into new homes despite the ...


Company Spotlight: In Need of a Little TLC

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—Despite the fact that many believe the real estate market’s already hit rock bottom, the number of foreclosures in the U.S. is still high. While the situation is tough for some, foreclosure properties still represent a unique opportunity for many first-time home buyers, move-up buyers looking for ...


The Missing Link in Lifestyle Search

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—A few weeks ago I came across an article where a broker was touted for going beyond the sale of a home and focusing on the lifestyle needs of their clients. I was hooked until I finished ...


Weekly Video Tip: Video Trends

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—Someone once said that measuring the results of advertising was like trying to nail jelly to the wall. In other words, very difficult and frustrating, if not impossible. But that was before the Internet. ...


Global Market Represents Golden Opportunity

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—In today’s global economy, more and more Realtors® are serving buyers from around the world. Last year, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), 23% of Realtors served international clients, and 12.5% experienced an increase in foreign clientele. ...


Housing Remains Highly Affordable for Sixth Consecutive Quarter

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—Bolstered by favorable interest rates and low house prices, housing affordability remained near its highest level nationwide for the sixth consecutive month since the series was first compiled nearly two decades ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


Obama Administration Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Progress in Housing Market, but Challenges Remain

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury has released the August edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard), a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing ...


Monday Morning Mobile: What NOT to Do

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—So often here at Monday Morning Mobile we have the opportunity to look at all the great things that are going on in the Mobile Technology world and marvel at them – and we should. There are a lot of companies and individuals utilizing today’s mobile technology ...


Mortgage Modifications Drop off in July but Improvements Seen in Backlog

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010— (MCT)—The Treasury Department reported Friday that far fewer delinquent mortgage borrowers received loan modifications through a federal government program in July than they did in June. ...


Clear Capital: Impact on Housing from BP Oil Spill Reaches beyond Gulf Coast

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—Clear Capital (www.clearcapital.com), a premium provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment, has released results from its Gulf Coast oil spill impact survey and analysis. Clear Capital is gathering and analyzing data along the Gulf Coast and nearby regions to ...


Regional Spotlight: Is Chicago Area Real Estate Market On Cusp of a Strong Recovery?

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—After a year of bouncing on the bottom, the Chicago housing market is on the verge of a sustained recovery. That's the opinion of Jim McClelland, the founder of Mack Industries, Inc. in Tinley Park, Illinois, a home redevelopment company specializing in bank-owned properties. Mack owns or ...


Reverse Mortgages Pros and Cons

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—(Real Estate Center) — Some parents are warning their kids not to bank on inheriting the homestead. Why? Because some parents are considering a reverse mortgage. Such mortgages may not be beneficial for everyone, but their popularity is definitely on the rise. ...


HUD Secretary Donovan Announces That over 8,000 Affordable Homes Will become More Energy Efficient as a Result of the First 100 Recovery Act Green Retrofit Awards

RISMEDIA, August 21,2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced a major Recovery Act milestone: 100 affordable housing developments, including 8,112 homes, around the country have been awarded more than $100 million to complete energy efficient renovations with Recovery Act funds. ...


Exceeding Expectations: SharperAgent Partners with Shutterfly, Bringing the Best of Online and Print Marketing to Its Clients

RISMEDIA, August 21,2010—As we all know, things change. The market has changed…and, by now, so has the real estate industry’s philosophy on how well the market will truly rebound. Those who have pushed through the market’s toughest times and are succeeding even now have embraced this shift and are making ...


New Rules Limit Too-Low Estimates of Closing Costs

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—(MCT)—Facing new penalties if they lowball estimates of upfront mortgage costs, lenders and brokers appear to be coming clean about how much borrowers will pay. As a result, the so-called good-faith estimates that mortgage providers must give ...


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