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Simple Tips to Downsize Your Lifestyle

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2010—(MCT)—David, Christy and Noah Swindlehurst are practicing new math at their Eden Prairie, Minn., town home—minimal addition, maximum subtraction. ...


Energy Efficient Improvements Equal Big Savings for Homeowners

RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010—For most Americans, the holiday season means shopping for family and friends. But this year, spending a little money at home can equal big savings today, next year and for years to come. With time running out to cash in on the popular home energy efficiency tax ...


Home Refinancing Applications Drop as Interest Rates Rise

RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010—(MCT)—Brightening economic signs are pushing interest rates higher, choking off a surge in home refinancing at the same time that buyers are showing more willingness to purchase houses at today's beaten-down prices. Fannie Mae said that the typical rate mortgage lenders were offering on 30-year fixed loans ...


Empty Houses and Their Effect on Neighboring Homes

RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010—(MCT)—The abandoned rowhouse next door to Wendy and Brian Malaney has been a nightmare of a neighbor. The rowhouse's roofing material blew off, and water seeped through the Malaneys' adjoining walls. Later the pipes burst in the ...


Baby Boomers Turn to Remodeling to Create User-Friendly Homes

RISMEDIA, December 4, 2010—(MCT)—Uneasiness is keeping some aging baby boomers in their current homes, even though that's not what they had in mind.  As REALTOR® Allan Domb, who sells condos in Philadelphia, sees it, "The decline in prices in the ...


U.S. Pending Home Sales Jump 10.4 Percent in October 2010

RISMEDIA, December 3, 2010—Pending home sales jumped in October 2010, showing a positive uptrend since bottoming in June, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator, rose 10.4% to 89.3 based on contracts ...


Foreclosure Homes Account for 25 Percent of All Residential Sales in Third Quarter 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, December 3, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its Q3 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows that foreclosure homes accounted for 25% of all U.S. residential sales in the third quarter of 2010 and that the average sales price of properties that sold while in ...


REALTORS Say Mortgage Interest Deduction Vital to Homeownership and Economy

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—The following is a statement by National Association of REALTORS® President Ron Phipps regarding their view of mortgage interest deduction and its effect on homeownership and the economy. "As the leading advocate for housing and homeownership issues, ...


For Your Clients: 5 Common Sunroom Issues to Watch For

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—We all need a little sun sometimes. Even though a sunroom isn’t the major consideration in buying a home, it’s often the cherry on top that encourages you to write the down payment check. What makes these ...


HUD Announces Recovery Act Funding has Prevented or Ended Homelessness for over 750,000

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that homelessness for 750,000 Americans was prevented or ended, thanks to HUD’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP), funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ...


On the Chopping Block: How Mortgage Deduction Will Affect the Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, December 1, 2010—(MCT)—Long considered a key ingredient of American homeownership, the income-tax deduction for mortgage interest is now on the menu of the commission looking for ways to trim the federal deficit. Among the $3.8 trillion in debt-cutting options being considered by National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform ...


More Americans Seek Smaller Homes in the Suburbs, According to Relocation.com Survey

RISMEDIA, December 1, 2010—McMansions are rapidly becoming the housing equivalent of harvest gold appliances as more Americans are opting for smaller residential footprints, according to a new Relocation.com consumer lifestyle survey. In this new Relocation.com lifestyle survey, homeowners and buyers ...


5 Strategies to Rebuild Your Credit after Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—(MCT)—If you've been through a foreclosure, you may wonder if there is hope for you to become a homeowner again. The answer is yes, but it will take a while. "It doesn't mean you'll never be a ...


For Your Clients: 5 Tips for Choosing Homeowners’ Insurance

RISMEDIA, November 30, 2010—You’ve done the hard work: your seller has successfully sold their home due to your efforts, and the ink is dry on the closing papers. While ushering a successful sale is undoubtedly your primary job as a ...


Curb Appeal: Little Changes Make a Big Difference

RISMEDIA, November 29, 2010—(MCT)—We recently consulted on a formerly white Cape Cod-style home in the Kansas City, Mo., suburb of Westwood that had just been painted in a pale gray. The owners have already ordered replacement windows. They wanted to ...


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