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Home Owner News Archive


NAR Grants Help Make Home Ownership an Affordable Opportunity

RISMedia, June 3, 2011—Seventeen local and state REALTOR® associations have been awarded over $60,000 through the Housing Opportunity Program Grants, a National Association of REALTORS® grant program. The funds will be used by the associations to promote and expand affordable housing opportunities in their communities. ...


Warm Weather Signals Busy Home Improvement Season and ‘Honey Do’ Lists Grow

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2011—The spring and summer seasons launch a busy time for home remodeling and improvement projects as homeowners spruce up for entertaining, listing their home for sale, or increasing the property's value. A slowly warming housing market has ...


Opinion: California Supreme Court Decision Forces Homeowners to Seek Help from U.S Supreme Court

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Recently, the California Supreme Court denied a petition for review from a homeowner who is fighting to keep his property from being taken from him and his family through foreclosure. The Court chose not to review a 4th Appellate District Court decision that upheld the right ...


Housing Affordability Rises to Record Levels

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Nationwide housing affordability during the first quarter of 2011 rose to its highest level in the more than 20 years it has been measured, according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) data ...


April Existing-Home Sales Ease

RISMedia, May 23 2011—Existing-home sales slipped in April, although the market has managed six gains in the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Survey Finds Spike in Gas Prices is Impacting Where Home Buyers Choose to Live

RISMEDIA, May 20, 2011—The high cost of gasoline is not just emptying wallets; it is also impacting where consumers choose to buy a home. According to a new Coldwell Banker survey among its network of real estate professionals, 75 percent said that the recent spike in gas prices has influenced ...


Prepare the Home for 2011 Hurricane Season

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2011—Batten down the hatches—plus the windows, doors and roof. Hurricane Season 2011 starts on June 1 and—based on expert predictions—it could be a whopper. ...


Housing Finance Market Reform Must Ensure Mortgage Affordability

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Reforms to America's housing finance market must ensure a reliable source of affordable mortgage lending for creditworthy consumers. That's according to REALTORS® and other industry insiders who examined the federal government's future role in the secondary mortgage market at the "Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac: Obama Options ...


Build an Action Plan – How to Attract Global Buyers

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— You don’t have to travel the world to be a global agent. Nor do you have to find foreign investors shopping for properties here. Global business also includes ethnic immigrant communities, naturalized citizens who retain strong ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in Most States in First Quarter

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— Existing-home sales continued to recover in the first quarter with gains recorded in 49 states and the District of Columbia, while 22 percent of the available metropolitan areas saw prices rise from a year ago, according to the latest survey by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Spring Breathes Life into Prices

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— A seasonal uptick in both median prices and inventory has appeared in most metropolitan areas across the country, contradicting earlier price reports, according to Altos Research’s 20-city Composite trends data in April. Price increases are apparent in 24 of the 26 tracked markets, and inventory increases ...


Home Alone Home Listed For Sale at $2.4 Million

RISMEDIA, May 11, 2011—Luxury market homebuyers looking for a piece of cinematic history and refined Georgian charm need look no further than the new-to-market Winnetka home for sale. Featured in the family movie, Home Alone, this stately home is listed ...


During a Tornado, Run, Don’t Gawk

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—(MCT)—One video circulating in cyberspace—shot by a 12-year-old boy with his cell phone in the back seat of his vehicle—shows a tornado closing in on a family driving in North Carolina last month —right up until the tornado hits them. ...


Simple Tips to Prevent House Fires

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—Every year home electrical problems cause more than 28,000 house fires and massive property damage. Electrical wiring is the root cause of many of these fires, of which countless could have been prevented. May is Electrical Safety Month. MXenergy, an independent energy provider, is encouraging ...


When a Mortgage Puts a Home Buyer at a Disadvantage

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—(MCT)—For home buyers who need to finance their purchase using a mortgage, a cash buyer can be their worst enemy. ...


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