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Home Buying 101 Archive


Realtors Support FHFA Proposal to End Private Transfer Fees

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—The National Association of Realtors (NAR) strongly supports the proposed guidance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to prevent government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants. ...


Mortgage Insurance Plays Increasing Role in Optimizing Home Financing

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—In today’s dicey lending environment, many a would-be home buyer often falls into one of two camps: uninformed or running scared. Unfortunately, tightening lending standards and a pervasive unease about the overall economy have combined to keep ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


Nearly Eight in 10 Americans Still Believe Buying a Home Makes Good Financial Sense

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—Nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe buying a home is a good financial decision, despite ongoing challenges with the economy and housing market. That's according to the 2010 National Housing Pulse Survey, an annual report released ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


Be Market-Smart: Dos and Don’ts for Home Sellers and Buyers

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2010—It would be unrealistic to say that the real estate market is utterly rosy right now, but neither is it thorn-filled by any means. In fact, things are decidedly looking up: July got some good news, when ...


Mobile Ads Benefit Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2010—Earlier this year, a lot of attention was drawn to the world of mobile technology and mobile advertising, in particular when both Google and Apple decided to ramp up their mobile advertising businesses. In January, Apple bought mobile advertising company Quattro for $275 million. A couple months ...


Los Angeles Real Estate Scene Attracts, Creates Celebrities

RISMEDIA, October 4, 2010—(MCT)—The face. The hair. The voice. Why does that real estate agent seem so familiar? Because, in that only-in-L.A. kind of way, there's a good chance the agent is also an actor, reality show personality or has ...


Nonprofit Organization Rehabs Discarded Houses into Super-Efficient Homes

RISMEDIA, October 1, 2010—(MCT)—Wendy and Robby Haun had to sell their home near Cary, N.C., to make way for a state highway project, but the comfortable ranch house did not go to waste. It went to Builders of Hope, a ...


Foreclosure Homes Account for 24 Percent of All 2010 Second Quarter Residential Sales, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its Q2 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows that foreclosure homes accounted for 24% of all residential sales in the second quarter of 2010 and that the ...


First-Time Home Buyers Stoke Demand for Smaller, Less Expensive Homes

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—A growing segment of the housing market—first-time home buyers—are contributing to an increase in demand for smaller and less expensive new homes, according to research from economists at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). ...


Housing Starts Jump 10.5 Percent in August 2010

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—(MCT)—New housing starts surged 10.5% in August 2010 to the highest level since spring, but the activity was driven by a sharp spike in apartment construction, government data showed. Housing starts rose in August to an annualized ...


Considering a Short Sale? What to Keep In Mind as You Begin the Process

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—(MCT)—Bill Joyce starts every short sale journey with "The Speech." In a what's-ahead warning to home buyers, the Roseville real estate broker promises prospective buyers that they will be tested and tortured. They will endure privations beyond ...


5 Reasons Why Now is a Good Time to Invest in the Housing Market

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—(CBS MoneyWatch)—Foreclosures spiked in August 2010, with banks seizing 95,364 homes, according to RealtyTrac, a housing research firm. They were up 25% from August 2009 and at their highest level since the company started tracking this data ...


FHFA Establishes New Housing Goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

RISMEDIA, September 8, 2010—The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has sent a final rule to the Federal Register establishing new housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) for 2010-2011. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 ...