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Getting Your Home Sold

While certain tips like properly staging your space will help get your home sold no matter what the economic climate, picking a talented real estate agent is one of the most crucial assets in getting your home sold fast and for the right price. ...


Is Your Loan Modification Application Stuck?

If you’re on the verge of losing your home, or you know someone who is, then you also know about the long, bureaucratic process involved in applying for a loan modification from a lender. The most common approach is to ...


Dispelling the 20 Percent Downpayment Myth

In my column last month, I discussed a government proposal that could have significant impact on the future of the housing industry: the QRM, or Qualified Residential Mortgage, as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the proposed QRM definition, ...


Homeownership under Attack – Homeownership Defended

Recently, I wrote about homeownership being under attack. Since that article, NAR and a broad range of industry partners have taken a multitude of actions to defend the American Dream. ...


Mortgage Rates Lowest in Over 50 Years

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing mortgage rates, fixed and adjustable, reaching all-time record lows providing further incentive for those homeowners looking to refinance. The 30-year fixed averaged 4.15 percent, breaking the previous record low of 4.17 percent set November ...


MONEY Magazine Reveals Annual “MONEY’s 100 Best Places to Live in America”

“MONEY” magazine has revealed the 2011 list of "MONEY's 100 Best Places to Live in America," highlighting small towns across the country with populations of 50,000 or less. For the annual cover-story, on sale August 19, MONEY looked for places ...


95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

In the second quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for about 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) Quarterly Product Transition Report released yesterday. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. ...


5 Inexpensive Home Updates to Complete before Listing Your Home

There is no perfect formula for selling your home efficiently, but by following these five tips prior to listing you can increase your chances to close quickly at a higher price. ...


Foreclosures Fall across America

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2011—Foreclosure activity decreased in 85 percent of the nation’s metropolitan areas in the first half of the year and all top 10 metro areas with the highest foreclosure rates posted decreasing foreclosure activity. ...


HUD and NeighborWorks America Announce Deadline Extension for Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011--Recently the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and NeighborWorks® America announced that the deadline for the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program has been extended to Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in order to give homeowners at risk of foreclosure in the participating 27 states and Puerto Rico ...


RE/MAX, LLC names EquityLock Solutions an Approved Supplier of Home Price Protection™

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2011— RE/MAX recently named Denver-based EquityLock Solutions as an Approved Supplier of Home Price Protection, which helps minimize the risk of real estate price fluctuations within local markets. Through this program, RE/MAX agents in the U.S. would be able to offer their clients this exclusive protection program. ...


Couple Documenting a House Flipping Business and Revealing the True Work Involved

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2011—"This business is a people business and I don't know many people who would want to meet with and sell their house to someone working in their pajamas," states Danny Johnson, a full-time house flipper in San ...


Renters Can Do Plenty to Make their Homes More Eco-Friendly

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—(MCT)—So you're a renter and you want to green your space, but your landlord won't splurge on solar panels. Don't fret. There are plenty of low-cost ways for apartment dwellers to be eco-friendly. ...


The Value of Home Warranties: Protect Your Wallet

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—Even with home sales and prices continuing to fall nationwide, millions of Americans will still navigate the process of buying and selling homes this summer, and for many, the sheer volume of details and decisions can be overwhelming. With so much to consider when buying or selling ...


Regional Spotlight: How to Avoid Contractor Blues in PA

A large, homemade sign stood outside Andy Warzynak's Harborcreek Township house for more than a year. ...


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