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E-Verify a Step Forward in Solving Immigrant Worker Problems

As Congress looks into mandating E-Verify, a voluntary Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently urged lawmakers to ensure it is a fair, efficient and workable system and noted that this should ...


Voters Strongly Support Politicians Who Embrace Pro-Housing Policies, Mortgage Deduction

RISMedia, June 18, 2011—Nearly three out of four American voters believe that it is reasonable and appropriate for the federal government to provide tax incentives to promote homeownership—a sentiment that cuts across partisan and regional lines across the country, according ...


Coldwell Banker: Niagara Falls Most Affordable

RISMedia, June 18, 2011—Newport Beach, Calif., led the list of most expensive U.S. real estate markets for the second year in a row, with an average home listing price of approximately $2.5 million for property listings meeting the subject home criteria. ...


Expiring Loan Limits Mean Weaker Housing Demand in the Fall

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—New research from NAHB examines the scope of impact on housing markets from the scheduled October 1, 2011 decrease in the GSE and FHA loan limits. These loan limits determine what types of mortgages may be securitized ...


HUD and EPA Launch Historic Collaborative Effort to Invest in Sustainable Communities

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a historic collaborative effort to build upon current federal investments for regions that support sustainable and livable communities. For the first time ever, HUD and EPA will join forces to competitively ...


Freddie Mac/CUNA Renew Alliance Supporting Mortgage Lending Options for Credit Union Members

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—A comprehensive package of services to help credit unions manage their mortgage business in today's distressed credit markets will remain available through the renewed alliance agreement between CUNA and Freddie Mac (OTC Bulletin Board: FMCC), one of the nation's largest investors in residential mortgages. ...


Tough Real Estate Market Inspires Creativity All Around

RISMedia, June 16,2011—(MCT)—The housing market's continuing funk has metro Atlantans using a grab-bag of creative strategies to buy, sell or just tread water so they can make a career move. ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: learn how to leverage 65 billion page visits with “Facebook Marketing for Dummies” from the REALTOR.org Store, REALTORS® Core Health Insurance locks their low rates for the second straight year, and REALTORS® support legislation for GSE reform. ...


May Home Prices Spring Back

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—Home sales prices continued a downward trend in May, but only half as far, and half as fast as in April. Clear Capital’s Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report found that national quarter-over-quarter home price declines (-2.3 percent) were reduced by half from last month’s report, helped ...


Homeownership Dream Deserves Protection

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The homeownership rate dropped to 66.4 percent in April 2011, the lowest it’s been since 1998, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some would argue this means owning a home is not as important to Americans as ...


HUD Awards $31 Million to Promote Jobs and Self-Sufficiency for Public Housing Residents

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded more than $31 million in grants to public housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations across the U.S. to help public housing residents connect to services available in the community to find employment to increase ...


3 Tips for the First-Time Home Seller

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Today's buyer-take-all bonanza is a boon for fence-sitters and buyers with great credit and deep pockets. But sellers are steeling themselves to new realities that include paying (rather than making) money at the closing table, providing extras ...


Weekly Video Tip: A Closer Look at the Samsung Galaxy S Android

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—The Samsung Galaxy is one of the many newer sleek phones operating on the Android system that is finally reaching the realms of the iPhone world, and some even argue that it’s as good, if not better. With its 4-inch super AMOLED touch screen and new silver ...


Maintaining a Competitive Edge

RISMedia, June 14, 2011— As the real estate market in the Pacific Northwest continues to thrive, REALTOR® Carrie Foley recently found the balance between doing the work and chasing the work. Previously, Foley had been tipping too far in favor of chasing. To offset this, she went looking for a ...


Congress Urged to Focus on Energy Efficiency Incentives for Existing Housing Stock

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—As the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hears testimony on a suite of energy efficiency bills, including legislation to make residential housing more energy-efficient, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently urged lawmakers to take into account the differences in energy savings between the newest, ...