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Luxury Optimists: Owners of Million-Dollar Homes Expect Values to Keep Growing, Study Finds

y Amy HoakRISMEDIA, June 20, 2007-(MarketWatch)-Many homeowners living in luxury are also upbeat about the future value of their homes -- even as many markets are cooling, according to a survey released Monday by Coldwell Banker Previews International. ...


On the Safe Side: Professor Spots ‘Flight to Safety’ in Home Loans; Fixed Rates Gain in Popularity

By Amy Hoak ...


The Verdict Is In: Realtors Release Latest Legal Liability Survey

RISMEDIA, June 18, 2007-The National Association of Realtors® has just released the results of the most comprehensive study to date of legal issues and trends in the real estate industry. ...


Second Quarter U.S. Mortgage Payment Index Finds Consumers Flocking to Safe Loans

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2007-RealtyTrac(R) released its May 2007 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a? total of 176,137 foreclosure filings -- default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions -- were reported during the month, up 19% from the previous month and up nearly 90% from May 2006. The report ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Jump on Interest Rate Fears

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2007-Mortgage rates climbed to an 11-month high, with the average 30-year fixed? mortgage rate hitting a 10-month high of 6.84%. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.27 discount and origination points. ...


What’s Hot: How Adding Money Now will Pay off Later for Home Sellers

By Erin Peterson, Bankrate.com ...


What’s Your Bottom Line? Return on Investment Measurements Provide Financial Roadmaps for Agents

By Monte Helme ...


Chase Opens Mortgage Office in Savannah, Georgia

RISMEDIA, June 13, 2007-Chase has announced the opening of its first mortgage office in?Savannah. In addition, Chase hired three loan officers to support the new office at 1 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. ...


Consumer Spending Outlook Uncertain, Says Deloitte Research Leading Index

RISMEDIA, June 13, 2007-The Deloitte Research Leading Index of Consumer Spending fell?this month, due to a sharp decline in housing prices and a rise in energy prices. ...


48% of Americans Are Worried about Debt

RISMEDIA, June 5, 2007-Nearly five in 10 Americans (48%) are uncomfortable with the total amount? of household debt they have according to a nationwide survey released today by LendingTree. Furthermore, the survey discovered that 54% do not have a financial plan, proving the majority of Americans have no intention or ...


LendingTree Fed Rate Forecast: Chief Economist Predicts a Pause

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2007-The next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 9. LendingTree Chief Economist Jim Svinth forecasts the seventh straight pause in interest rate hikes. ...


NMHC/NAA Sue HUD to Block New Translation Requirements

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2007-The National Multi Housing Council and National Apartment Association (NMHC/NAA) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), asking a federal judge to strike down HUD's recently issued Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Guidance. HUD's Guidance, which went into effect on March 7, ...


Buildings for the Future: Real Estate Can Add Another Level to Retirement Account

By Marla Brill ...


Realtors Commend House Financial Services Committee for Passage of ILC Bill

RISMEDIA, May 4, 2007-The National Association of Realtors(R) congratulated the House Financial Services Committee for passing H.R. 698, the Industrial Bank Holding Company Act of 2007, which provides enhanced regulation of parent companies of industrial loan companies (ILCs) and reinforces the national policy separating banking and commerce. ...


U.S. Mortgage Rates Hold Their Ground

By Amy Hoak, MarketWatch ...