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Builder Confidence Edges Up in March 2011

RISMEDIA, March 16, 2011—After four consecutive months hovering at the same low level, builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved by a single point in March 2011, rising to 17 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). This is the highest ...


Americans Overwhelmed by Household Goods Race Changing Their Definition of Happiness

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2011—(MCT)—Maybe it's the economy, or maybe it's the need to feel neat and cleansed. Maybe it's TV shows such as "Hoarders," where the accumulation of household goods gets trashy and downright embarrassing. ...


Selling Your Home in Today’s Market? Focus on the Overlooked

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—(MCT)—Taniya Nayak of "Designed to Sell" fame is sharing her secrets, tips and behind-the-scenes tales for home sellers who are looking to get their home sold in today’s market. ...


Unhealthy Homes Pose Real Danger to Millions of Families

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Millions of U.S. families face health and safety hazards like mold, lead, pest infestation and the physical deterioration of their homes. These problems are particularly common among some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: children, seniors, the ...


Bank of America Launches Loan Modifications for Military Homeowners

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—(MCT)—Bank of America Corp. recently announced a mortgage modification program for military customers, including principal forgiveness for some struggling borrowers. The Charlotte bank said the program assists military members who are leaving active duty and having trouble making their mortgage payments. ...


Recovery Act Changed Approach to Business, Laid Foundation for American Cities to Win the Future

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2011—America’s cities are better prepared to be sustainable economic engines according to a new report just released by the Department of Housing & Urban Development. The report, titled The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Working for America’s Cities found that the Recovery Act has helped position American ...


Homeownership Essential to Job Growth and Economy, Say REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—Testifying before a Senate panel, National Association of REALTORS® President Ron Phipps recently told members of Congress that sustainable homeownership must be the goal when considering future federal housing policies. ...


Adjustable-Rate Mortgages May Be the Right Fit for Cautious Buyers

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—(MCT)—Loc Chau was looking for a super-low interest rate to finance his San Jose, Calif., condominium, a place he envisions living in for a few years. Super-low to him means below 4%. So he opted for an adjustable-rate mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration as an ...


RE/MAX Leader Dave Liniger Sees End of Housing Crisis

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2011—RE/MAX Chairman and Co-Founder Dave Liniger told a gathering of more than 5,000 real estate agents that the worst of the housing crisis has passed. At the annual convention of the global real estate franchisor, Liniger said that the industry must continue to pursue the training that ...


New Homes Will Be Smaller, Greener and More Casual by 2015, According to NAHB Study

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2011—A recent study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows that while consumer hesitation on home buying is waning, the recent housing downturn has changed what Americans are looking for in their next home. ...


Inspiration Boards Can Help Pull all the Details Together

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2011—(MCT)—A wedding. A kitchen renovation. A nursery. A new garden or a new bathroom. What do these projects have in common? A tremendous number of decisions and details, and the need for a way to pull them altogether. ...


Create a Memorable First Impression through Successful Curb Appeal

RISMEDIA, March 9, 2011—(MCT)—Now that virtually all the winter's snow has melted (in some areas of the country) and it's easier to navigate the streets, let's consider something calculated to get people slamming on the brakes: curb appeal, that special ...


Although Slowly, the Real Estate Cycle Is Turning

RISMEDIA, March 8, 2011—Housing recovery may seem like a mirage in the desert of record foreclosures and steep unemployment, but history indicates that a more balanced market is in our future. ...


February Housing Scorecard Shows Increase in Existing Home Sales as Home Affordability Remains High

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the February 2011 edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard. The latest housing figures show increased existing home sales as ...


HUD Awards Nearly $8 Million for Asthma Intervention and to Protect Children from Health Hazards

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $7.8 million in grants to 14 local projects in nine states to conduct a wide range of activities such as research on the cost effectiveness of home-based interventions for children with asthma and novel strategies for reducing ...


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