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NCRC Calls For a Congressionally-Mandated Stay To Slow Down ‘Foreclosure Mills’

RISMEDIA, April 18, 2007-The National Community Reinvestment Coalition urged lawmakers to pass legislation immediately to shut down the "foreclosure mills" being operated by law firms, racing to kick out financially-troubled subprime borrowers from their homes. The law firms represent mortgage servicers, Wall Street investment firms and lenders. ...


New Grant America Program Offers Safe Option for Low to Moderate Income Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, April 16, 2007-The newly introduced Grant America Program, a government grant down payment program for low to moderate income home buyer's, has been greeted with great fanfare by government officials, lenders and real estate professionals as a safe and legitimate alternative to the ill-fated non-profit gift programs. ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Rise for 4th Straight Week

RISMEDIA, April 16, 2007-Fixed mortgage rates continued to climb this week. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 6.31%. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the 30-year fixed rate mortgages had an average of 0.27 discount and origination points. ...


Tax Deferments Create New Opportunities for Growth

RISMEDIA, April 13, 2007-Employing a Section 1031 Exchange to defer taxes in a real estate sale transaction is not a new concept. In fact, the 1031 Exchange has been around for 85 years, ever since its 1921 adoption into the United States Internal Revenue Code. Yet today, more than ever ...


So You Have an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage. Now What?

RISMEDIA, April 13, 2007-With problems in the mortgage lending sector dominating the news, homeowners who have an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) may be wondering what, if anything, they should do. ...


Realtors Urge Senate to Develop Comprehensive National Natural Disaster Plan

RISMEDIA, April 13, 2007-The National Association of Realtors(R), at two congressional hearings this week, called upon the Senate to enact a comprehensive natural disaster plan that addresses insurance availability and affordability in both property and casualty insurance markets; acknowledges the importance and limitations of ...


Census Bureau to Update Information on Nation’s Housing

RISMEDIA, April 13, 2007-Beginning April 23, Census Bureau field representatives will interview 76,000 housing units to conduct the American Housing Survey (AHS), the most comprehensive survey of U.S. housing between decennial censuses. ...


Should We Have A Foreclosure Moratorium?

A Report by Peter G. Miller ...


New Federal Income Tax Deduction to Benefit Hispanics, Families

RISMEDIA, April 12, 2007-Just in time for this spring's home buying season, a new federal tax deduction allows many qualified families to write-off premiums paid for private and government mortgage insurance on home loans that close in 2007. ...


NAR Urges HUD to Revamp FHA Program to Help People Stay in Their Homes

RISMEDIA, April 11, 2007-In light of the many families being affected by negative subprime mortgages, the National Association of Realtors(R) encouraged the Department of Housing and Urban Development to act quickly to change the FHA mortgage insurance program to enable more homeowners and their families to keep their homes. ...


President Bush Proclaims This Week First Annual National Architecture Week

RISMEDIA, April 11, 2007-President Bush has proclaimed this week as the nation's first National Architecture Week, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and congratulated the AIA on reaching its 150th anniversary this year. ...


BIRDVIEW Technologies Sees Strong On-line Home Buyer Activity

RISMEDIA, April 10, 2007-BIRDVIEW Technologies sees strong indications of an upturn in the national housing market. Birdview's proprietary Real Estate Activity (REA) Index, a measure of consumer activity gathered across the entire network of real estate brokerages and agents who are Birdview customers, is at the heart of the forecast. ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Rise for Third Straight Week

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2007-Fixed mortgage rates moved higher across the board this week. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 6.25%. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the 30-year fixed rate mortgages had an average of 0.27 discount and origination points. ...


New Federal Income Tax Deduction for Mortgage Insurance Premiums Will Benefit Many Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2007-Many consumers will enter this year's spring home buying season with a new tax deduction that can put extra money in their pockets when they file their taxes next year. The reason: a new federal tax deduction allows many qualified families to write-off premiums for private and ...


Lusk Center: SoCal Apartment Rents Bolstered by the Housing Downturn

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2007-The Southern California apartment market will continue to move forward at a healthy pace this year with occupancy rates averaging 96% across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and rents rising an average of three to five percent, according to the Casden Real Estate Economics ...