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Housing Starts and Permits Stall in February 2011

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—Nationwide housing starts and issuance of permits for new housing construction both posted disappointing declines in February 2011 as concerns about a growing number of factors caused builders to pull back on production of new homes, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. Total ...


Homeowners Reuse Materials for Environmental and Aesthetic Reasons

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—(MCT)—Renovating? You could just rip up the old room and sweep everything into the trash bin. But a growing number of homeowners, architects and builders are trying to reuse or recycle construction materials whenever possible—for reasons both environmental and aesthetic. ...


Fed Holds Line on Bond Purchases, Even as Economy Stabilizes

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—(MCT)—Federal Reserve policymakers said recently that the economy appeared to be "on firmer footing" than at their last meeting in late January, but they nonetheless pledged to stick with their program of buying Treasury bonds to underpin the growth. ...


Going Green – Low-Cost Ways for Apartment Dwellers to Be Eco-Friendly

RISMEDIA, March 17, 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. ...


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. ...


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