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The Avatar Economy

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


9 Things That Are Looking Up for 2010

RISMEDIA, December 29, 2009—This is the time of year when columnists either write about the major events of the past year or make predictions about the coming year. If you don’t know, I’ll let someone else tell you about 2009. ...


Free Webinar: Join Dennis Walsh from RE-buildUSA on ‘The Sleeper Program That Will Generate You More Business’

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2009—Join 1parkplace CEO Steve Hundley as he interviews Dennis Walsh from RE-buildUSA on this advantageous program for agents who are looking for an edge in this challenging market. Dennis is a fascinating innovator who has a brilliant program that every agent should know about. ...


Consumer Housing Q&A: Talk to Financial Counselor before Giving up House

RISMEDIA, December 8, 2009—(MCT)—Question: We bought a house that has been a rental property for us the last 16 years. It has an adjustable-rate mortgage of $162,000, which will adjust next year. I doubt we will be able to afford the payment, which is currently more than the rent collected. ...


Weak Real Estate Market Has Many Paying Less Property Tax This Year

RISMEDIA, December 8, 2009—(MCT)—Jose Olivas of Watsonville dropped off his check for property taxes Friday. Like many in the county, he owed less tax this year than last. ...


Are You a Victim of Predatory Lending?

RISMEDIA, December 1, 2009—Back in the day, predatory lending was pretty much confined to grifters combing poorer neighborhoods looking for elderly or ignorant homeowners with substantial equity. Oh, they’re still out there. ...


Putting Foreclosures in Perspective

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2009—When considering the implications of the current foreclosure situation, I believe we are being misinformed about the forces behind the high rate of mortgage defaults.  ...


Does Anyone Know What Happened to all of the Money?

RISMEDIA, October 6, 2009—Poor men want to be rich. Going back to when gold was currency, many a would-be alchemist tried unsuccessfully to turn some other less valuable material into the yellow alloy.  ...


Where Are All the REOs?

RISMEDIA, October 5, 2009—Certain things in life are simply meant to be mysteries. There are ages-old philosophical questions that have kept philosophers busy for millennia: What is the sound of one hand clapping? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a ...


15 Billion in Credit Card Fees Charged! …and the New “Credit Card Act”

RISMEDIA, October 5, 2009—In the last year, have you experienced a credit card interest rate increase, a fee you felt was unfair or a credit line reduction for no specific reason? If so, did you receive any notice or explanation as to why? Were you aware of your options when ...


Will Homeowners and Buyers Lose $45,000?

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-Federal Reserve officials met last week and issued a statement saying that their program to purchase $1.25 trillion of mortgage-backed securities will be winding down by the end of year. ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Post Mixed Results

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate inched higher to 5.67 percent this week, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.36 discount and origination points. ...


Home Values Flatten in Short Term; Yearly Declines Shrink, but High Rates of Foreclosure, Negative Equity Expected to Delay True Recovery

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2009-Home values in the United States posted their 10th consecutive quarterly decline, falling 12.1 percent year-over-year, according to a Zillow Home Value Index of $186,500, according to the second quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. But for ...


Mortgage Bill Could Be Revived

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2009-(The Hill)-Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Monday of last week that if the financial industry is not able to complete 500,000 mortgage modifications by November he would pursue legislation ratcheting up the pressure on the industry. ...


Fed Plans Consumer-Friendly Changes to Mortgage Rules

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-(MCT)-Federal Reserve governors unanimously proposed tough new consumer-friendly disclosure rules for mortgages and home equity loans last week, tackling one of the less-appreciated causes of the nation's deep financial crisis. ...


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