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Home Owner News Archive


FHA Issues Annual Financial Status Report to Congress

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released its annual report to Congress on the financial status of its Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund, FHA’s principal insurance account that includes all single-family and reverse mortgage activity. FHA’s study finds that since last year, the capital reserve ratio held steady, ...


Home-Seizure Process Can Heal or Hobble Housing Market

RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—(MCT)—California and Florida had a lot in common during the housing industry's last boom-and-bust cycle. Both were overrun by buyers hooked on high-risk mortgages, speculators who helped push prices to historic peaks and builders who didn't know ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Survey Finds New Trend in College Towns: Parent Investors Buying Homes vs. Spending on Rent or Dorms

RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—Every fall, parents wave goodbye as their college-bound kids pack up their belongings, make the drive down university lane and prepare for football games, mid-terms and freedom. While college living is often associated with dorms and campus housing, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC discovered that many parents ...


Well-Kept Yards Signal Neighborhood Safety, Suggests New Relocation Survey

RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—A new survey conducted by Relocation.com finds that 75% of Americans believe the most important factor in determining a neighborhood's safety is the up-keep of surrounding homes, especially the conditions of the front lawns, which trumps even Googling neighborhood statistics to get a feel for a community. ...


Third Quarter Metro Area Home Prices Hold during Post-Credit Sales Decline

RISMEDIA, November 15, 2010—Fully half of the metropolitan areas tracked in the third quarter of 2010 continued to show modest home price increases from a year ago, despite a sharp decline in home sales after the deadline for the home ...


Homeowners Hope for Easier and More Streamlined Modification Rules as Result of Foreclosure Probe

RISMEDIA, November 12, 2010—(MCT)—Union County, N.C., homeowner Barry Lancett signed two agreements with a national lender this year to modify the terms of his mortgage but still received a disturbing piece of paperwork: a foreclosure notice. "A deputy comes ...


Foreclosure Activity Decreases 4 Percent in October 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, November 11, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for October 2010, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 332,172 properties in October, a 4% decrease from the previous month and almost exactly the same total reported ...


Home Values Near Unprecedented Decline as Hints of Stabilization Wane in Third Quarter

RISMEDIA, November 11, 2010—The United States housing market continued its long decline in the third quarter with home values falling for the 17th consecutive quarter, according to Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. With home values 25% below their June 2006 peak, the current housing downturn is approaching Great Depression-era declines, ...


Realtors Strive to Streamline Short Sales through HAFA

RISMEDIA, November 11, 2010—Realtors gleaned inside knowledge on the efforts being made to improve the short sale process through the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program at the 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. HAFA was intended to help homeowners who are ...


Realtors Gain New Perspective on Global Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, November 10, 2010—Real estate professionals from across the U.S. and abroad participated in a series of international discussions to gain global real estate insights during "Bringing International Real Estate Practices to the U.S." at the 2010 Realtors Conference & Expo in New Orleans. ...


San Francisco Bay Area Market Report: Median Home Price Rises Slightly Despite Post-Tax Credit Sales Slowdown

RISMEDIA, November 10, 2010—Slower home sales following the expiration of federal tax incentives for home buyers, a tighter inventory of bank-owned and entry-level properties, and increased activity in several higher-priced markets fueled a slight increase in the median price of ...


NAR Buyer and Seller Survey Shows Value of Long-Term Home Ownership

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—Home buyers today have affirmed a long-term view of home ownership, the typical seller is experiencing positive returns and the vast majority of home owners see their property as a good investment, according to the latest consumer ...


Weekly Video Tip: Using Green Screen Technology

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—Have you ever wondered how the meteorologist on the five o’clock news interacts so effortlessly with the animated weather map? And have you ever asked yourself how Elliot and E.T. gracefully flew through the starlit sky via bicycle in 1982? The answer is green screen or chroma ...


Pending Home Sales Fall 1.8 Percent in September 2010

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—(MCT)—A gauge of pending sales of homes fell 1.8% in September, signaling an "uneven recovery entering 2011," the National Association of Realtors reported. The association's pending-home-sales index fell to 80.9 from a slightly upwardly revised 82.4 in August. Pending sales reflect contracts signed between home buyers and ...


Foreclosure Limbo Grinds Down Potential Buyers

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—(MCT)—Josh and Tayla Thomforde thought they had a deal to buy a three-bedroom house with a fenced-in backyard and room for their family to grow. But the nation's latest foreclosure quagmire scuttled their plans. ...