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Treasury to Begin Orderly Wind Down of Its $142 Billion Mortgage-Backed Securities Portfolio

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—Recently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it will begin the orderly wind down of its remaining portfolio of $142 billion in agency-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Starting this month, the Treasury plans to sell up to $10 billion in agency-guaranteed MBS per month, subject to ...


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

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: maximize your e-marketing with the hub and spoke concept, SentriLock enhances SentriCard®, and tax time can be less taxing for home owners. ...


A Closer Look at February Existing-Home Sales Following Sustained Gains

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—Existing-home sales fell in February following three straight monthly increases, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales—completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops—dropped 9.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million in February from an upwardly revised 5.40 million in ...


Regional Spotlight—Home Sales and Prices Rise in Broward, FL

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—In Broward County, condominium sales increased 19 percent from 1,138 in February 2010 to 1,357 last month, according to the 23,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS). Single-family home sales increased by 16 percent in February, from 782 to 909. Cash ...


Why Even Qualified Homebuyers Are Standing Still

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Despite the uptick in sales of homes worth one million dollars or more last year (up 18.6% in 2010 according to DataQuick) the average American homebuyer is still proceeding with a large degree of caution. Below are six reasons why even qualified homebuyers are holding out on ...


Economic and Housing Outlooks Brighten According to Fannie Mae Analysis Group

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—Improvements in consumer spending and consumer confidence, increased demand for goods and services, and falling unemployment claims are all positive factors for a brighter outlook as we move into 2011, according to the ...


The 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Will Help Build a Habitat for Humanity Home in N.Y.

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for the fourth consecutive year to help build a simple, decent and affordable home, the organization has announced. ...


Homeless Veterans to Get Affordable Housing

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston announced that a Manchester initiative will receive more than $2.1 million through its Affordable Housing Program. These funds, awarded in the form of a grant, loan, and interest-rate subsidy, will be used to finance 26 units of affordable rental housing ...


Government to Spend $3 Billion to Help Homeowners

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—The White House said recently it would spend an additional $3 billion to help distressed homeowners in the states with the highest jobless rates to pay their mortgages. ...


U.S. Housing Prices Turn Positive in April

RISMEDIA, June 9, 2010—Integrated Asset Services®, LLC (IAS®), a leader in default management and residential collateral valuations, has released the latest IAS360® House Price Index (HPI). Based upon the timeliest and most granular data available in the industry, the benchmark for national house prices gained 0.9% in April. ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Decline Amid Market Volatility

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2010—Mortgage rates were down for the third week in a row, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to 5.07 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.42 discount and origination points. ...


NAR Grants Help Make Homeownership More Affordable for Working Families

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2010—Despite today's tight economy, many areas of the country have not seen a significant drop in their high cost of living. To help meet this critical need for more affordable housing for low- to moderate-income working families, the National Association of Realtors® has awarded more than $3.4 ...


Regional Spotlight: April Home Sales Increased in Mid-Atlantic Region, Report Indicates

RISMEDIA, May 11, 2010—Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS), a leading provider of real estate information technology and the largest multiple listing service in the nation, announced that the number of homes sold in the Mid-Atlantic region increased 25 percent* more during the month of April than during the same ...


SEC Charges against Goldman Sachs Send Shivers through Wall Street

RISMEDIA, April 20, 2010—It was with a measured amount of glee that I read Friday afternoon that the Securities and Exchange Commission had charged Goldman Sachs, (“We do Gods Work”) with fraud for packing a portfolio full of guaranteed-to-fail loans, lying to investors about the quality of those loans, and ...


The Avatar Economy

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2010—It looks amazingly real, but it’s as phony as a James Cameron movie set. ...


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