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Builders Back Reauthorization of Flood Insurance Program

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011— The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently expressed support for a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to ensure that the federally-backed flood insurance program remains efficient and effective in protecting flood-prone ...


FHFA House Price Index Rises 0.8 Percent in April; First Monthly Increase Since May 2010

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011—U.S. house prices rose 0.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from March to April, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index. The previously reported 0.3 percent decrease in March was revised to a 0.4 percent decrease. ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011— Mortgage applications decreased 5.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 17, 2011. ...


Prices Perked up in April

RISMEDIA June 25, 2011—U.S. house prices rose slightly in April for the first month-to-month increase since last May, according to new numbers released today by the Federal Home Finance Agency, a branch of the Treasury Department. ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are You Ready to Shift to a Prosperity Mindset? Part 2

RISMEDIA, June 24, 2011—In part 1 of this article, we covered some common basic ideas about prosperity. Now we will address how you can change your mind-set to achieve greater prosperity. ...


Shadow Inventory Slowly Fades

RISMEDIA, June 24, 2011—The so-called “shadow inventory” of foreclosures—properties in the foreclosure pipeline but not yet listed on multiple listings services—slowly sank over the past year but still amount to five months’ worth of home sales. ...


Regional Spotlight: HUD Secretary Announces Disaster Assistance for Montana Storm Victims

RISMEDIA, June 24, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Montana and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following severe storms and flooding in April. ...


Properly Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Mergers and acquisitions was a hot topic for broker members of RISMedia's Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) during an exclusive members-only panel at RISMedia's 2011 Achieve! Conference last month. Held in Rye, N.Y. on May 24 and ...


Existing-Home Sales Decline in May with Market Constraints, Temporary Conditions

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Existing-home sales were down in May as temporary factors and financing problems weighed on the market, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell 3.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.81 ...


HUD Secretary Announces $67 Million in Grants Will Soon Be Available In Second Round of Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Program

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Recently, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD will be investing an additional $67 million towards creating stronger, more sustainable communities that connect housing to jobs while fostering local innovation and building a clean energy economy through its Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant ...


Tune Out the Noise – Make It Happen

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011— You would think the world was going to end. I know things are tough but the headlines are making me crazy: ...


New Index Finds April Prices Improved

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011— April home prices have improved over March in the new national composite index launched recently by FNC at the National Association of Real Estate Editors Annual Meeting in San Antonio. FNC’s Residential Price Index, which is based on public record data along with data collected from ...


Actions Speak Louder than Words

RISMedia, June 22, 2011—The 1960 Presidential Debates between Vice President Nixon and Senator Kennedy were the first nationally televised debates in presidential campaign history. With the advent of television the debates took on a visual dimension and for the first ...


Biggest Generations Will Redefine Cities and Suburbs

RISMedia, June 22, 2011— The largest generations in the nation’s history, Baby Boomers and their children, will be hugely influential in redefining living and working environments for decades to come. ...


Foreclosure Clean-Out Generates Additional Income

RISMEDIA, June 21, 2011—As a national columnist, I am often about other income opportunities in the real estate field. Foreclosure clean-out is another revenue stream for real estate professionals. Renee in Arizona asked me about this opportunity. ...


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