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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 ...


Credit Quality a Mixed Bag: 3 Tips for Securing Rental Tenants

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—Everyone knows that The Great Recession has taken its toll on the housing market. Foreclosures have been at historical highs and we have all heard the personal and devastating stories of displaced homeowners. But there is a ...


Declutter Your Home to Help Ease Stress and Simplify Life

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—(MCT)—Inside many of us lurks a pack rat—at least a little one, anyway. Even inside Deniece Schofield. Schofield is a nationally known organizing expert who teaches people how to get their clutter under control through her books, magazine articles, TV appearances and seminars. ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, March 2, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: updated 2011 Code of Ethics products are now available; $50 off an AHS® Home Warranty FlexPlan®; and Good Neighbor Awards are now accepting applications. ...


Pending Home Sales Decline in January 2011

RISMEDIA, March 2, 2011—Pending home sales eased moderately in January 2011for the second straight month, but remain 20.6% above the cyclical low last June, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator, declined 2.8% to 88.9 based on contracts signed in January from ...


NAR Bus Tour Opens National Homeownership Dialogue

RISMEDIA, March 2, 2011—Throughout the month of March, consumers across the country can engage REALTORS®, local officials and their neighbors on an issue that literally hits close to home—homeownership—as the National Association of REALTORS® kicks off a month-long Home Ownership Matters Bus Tour in cities across the nation. ...


Fannie Mae’s Latest National Housing Survey Shows Key Changes in Americans’ Attitudes toward Housing and the Economy

RISMEDIA, March 1, 2011—Fannie Mae's latest national housing survey finds that Americans are more confident about the stability of home prices than they were at the beginning of 2010, even though they lack confidence in the strength of the economy: ...


New-Home Sales Fall 12.6 Percent in January 2011

RISMEDIA, February 28, 2011—(MCT)—Sales of new U.S. homes fell in January 2011, almost completely retracing the strong gain seen in December, the Commerce Department recently estimated. ...


Homeowners Willing to Tackle Remodeling Projects

RISMEDIA, February 25, 2011—(MCT)—Homeowners who put off renovations during the recession are thinking about spending money on their properties again. ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Home, Condo Sales Up in January 2011

RISMEDIA, February 25, 2011—Florida's existing home and existing condo sales rose in January 2011, according to the latest housing data released by Florida REALTORS®. According to the data, existing home sales increased 14% last month with a total of 12,151 homes sold statewide compared to 10,702 homes sold in January ...


Foreclosure Homes Account for 26 Percent of All 2010 Residential Sales, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2011—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, released its Year-End and Q4 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows that foreclosure homes accounted for nearly 26% of all U.S. residential sales during the year, down from 29% of all sales in 2009 but up from 23% ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in January 2011

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2011—The uptrend in existing-home sales continues, with January 2011 sales rising for the third consecutive month with a pace that is now above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Home Sales Continue to Rise, Prices Remain under Pressure

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2011—For the first time in six months, home sales in the 54 U.S. markets surveyed in the RE/MAX National Housing Report are greater than one year ago. The year-to-year sales difference has been improving for three consecutive months. In January 2011 it turned positive with a 0.7% ...


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