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What Do You Owe and to Whom Do You Owe It?

RISMEDIA, June 8, 2010—“Produce the Note” foreclosure defense strategies have given some people hope, albeit false in many cases, in defending their homes against unlawful foreclosures. ...


California Home Default Cases Plunge

RISMEDIA, June 5, 2010—(MCT)—The California foreclosure crisis appears to be abating, new data shows, as the federal government and big lenders step up efforts to keep troubled borrowers in their homes. ...


First-Time Home Buyers and Boomers Feel Effects of Housing Downturn Most

RISMEDIA, June 1, 2010—(MCT)—Although the situation is open to interpretation as well as change, there are growing concerns that the effects of this economic downturn could have a long-lasting effect on the housing market. ...


Regional Spotlight: Bay State Home, Condo Sales Surge by Double-Digit Percentages in April 2010

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2010—Single-family home sales in Massachusetts spiked 45.8% in April 2010 compared to the same month a year ago, while condominium sales soared 55.7%, according to The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman. ...


Worth the Wait – Buyer Uses 203k Loan to Turn 60-Year-Old House into Brand-New Home

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2010—The road toward homeownership was a bit more difficult than self-proclaimed “country boy” Ronald Black thought it would be. He began his home search last summer in Polk County, Florida, a more rural community outside of Tampa’s Hillsborough County. After little luck going it alone with his ...


Plenty of Reasons to Buy a Home Even after the Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2010—Even though the home buyer tax credit expired on April 30, 2010 and won’t be renewed, there may never be a better time to buy a home than today, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Many outstanding opportunities still exist for home buyers, but ...


Why Vote?

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2010—I’ve been studying the ballot for the June 8th, California Primary Elections. We’ve got a Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, State Senate, State Assembly, County Supervisor, five judges, the sheriff, a school superintendent, and seven ballot initiatives to decide on. ...


Regional Spotlight: April Posts 8th Straight Month of Illinois Home Sales Gains; Statewide Median Price Up 5 Percent

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2010—The Illinois housing market saw positive indicators nearly across the board in April 2010 with upward momentum in home prices and sales jumping 34.4% on the heels of the home buyer tax credit deadline. ...


Optimistic Outlook for Housing, But Challenges Remain

RISMEDIA, May 24, 2010—Economists participating in a recent NAHB Construction Forecast Conference Webinar agreed that the housing market is on the road to recovery, but cautioned that several factors could contribute to a bumpy ride in the coming months. ...


As Housing Market Nears Bottom, Pent-Up Supply Waits

RISMEDIA, May 24, 2010—While Zillow’s Q1 Real Estate Market Reports did contain a few bright spots regarding the housing market, we continue to have plenty of cause for concern. Peaking foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies are among them, but another threat is pent-up supply, or homeowners who want but ...


Prime Mortgages Going Bust at an Alarming Rate

RISMEDIA, May 22, 2010—(MCT)—Aftershocks from the nation's financial crisis continue rumbling through the housing sector as fixed-rate mortgages held by the safest borrowers accounted for nearly 37% of new foreclosures during the first three months of this year, the Mortgage Bankers Association recently reported. ...


Obama Administration Supports Additional Funding to Stabilize Neighborhoods Hard-Hit by Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, May 20, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that the Obama Administration will work with Congress to find ways to help state and local governments more effectively combat the ongoing effects of the housing crisis and home foreclosures through additional funding for the Department's Neighborhood ...


Bank Fraud Investigations Misdirected

RISMEDIA, May 18, 2010—The prosecutions of both civil and criminal cases against financial intermediaries are being thwarted by defense attorney’s ability to shine the light away from the real evidence of fraud. ...


Bank of America Reports More Than 56,000 Permanent Home Affordable Modifications, among More Than 600,000 Total Modifications Since January 2008

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2010—Bank of America has completed about 56,400 permanent mortgage modifications under the federal government's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), and has now completed a total of more than 600,000 modifications through all available programs since January 2008, the company reports. ...


Regional Spotlight: Bay Area Single-Family Home Prices Increase 5.5% in April

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2010—Redfin has released new data on the San Francisco Bay Area market showing that the median price of a Bay Area single-family home increased 5.5% from March to April. In Marin County, prices for single-family homes jumped 10% in one month, aided by lower interest rates for ...


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