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Home Owner News Archive


From Blighted to Cool Green; Low-Cost Upgrades Cut Energy Bills

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Jodie Mekled is looking forward to cheap utility bills this winter. The retail worker from Sterling Heights, Mich., could pay as little as $40 a month for natural gas thanks to energy-efficient home improvements made through Habitat for Humanity. ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 4 Percent in Third Quarter, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, October 14, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for the third quarter of 2010, which shows that foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 930,437 properties in the third quarter, a nearly 4% increase from the previous quarter, ...


What Foreclosure Freeze Means for First-Time and Move-Up Buyers

RISMEDIA, October 14, 2010—Thousands of first-time and move-up buyers who hoped to make a foreclosed property their new home now face uncertainty, anxiety and possibly remorse as they worry that closing on their desired property could be in jeopardy. For ...


NAR’s HouseLogic Launches Campaign to Help Military Families Sustain Homeownership

RISMEDIA, October 14, 2010—The National Association of Realtors' HouseLogic, a free, comprehensive consumer website about all aspects of homeownership recently launched Operation Home Relief, a new Facebook Causes campaign. The campaign aims to increase awareness, rally support and raise funding for USA Cares, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling and ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


Be Market-Smart: Dos and Don’ts for Home Sellers and Buyers

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2010—It would be unrealistic to say that the real estate market is utterly rosy right now, but neither is it thorn-filled by any means. In fact, things are decidedly looking up: July got some good news, when ...


Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America Join Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2010—The Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America—two of the most recognized and influential consumer protection organizations in the nation—joined the Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees. Adding their voices to the diverse coalition ...


Mobile Ads Benefit Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2010—Earlier this year, a lot of attention was drawn to the world of mobile technology and mobile advertising, in particular when both Google and Apple decided to ramp up their mobile advertising businesses. In January, Apple bought mobile advertising company Quattro for $275 million. A couple months ...


Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy Index Reveals Top Cities for Renting, Owning Homes

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2010—Trulia.com, a leading site for home buyers, sellers and renters, recently released the results from its Rent vs. Buy Index, which tracks whether buying a home or renting is less expensive in America's 50 largest cities, based ...


Op-Ed: Time for a New Paradigm

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2010—Housing continues to be a much maligned part of the U.S. economy, with most discussions about how to stem the challenge being thoughtful but without substance. That is why I am pleased to see Congressman Gary Miller (R:CA) taking a substantive step in introducing legislation that can ...


Before and After the Fact: How to Boost Accountability at Your Organization

RISMEDIA, October 11, 2010—Got an accountability problem at your organization? There are two main ways to tackle it. First, you need to forestall excuse-generating problems upfront by creating conditions that make it more likely people will follow through. Second, you need to help and encourage people to take responsibility after ...


Celebrity Real Estate Deals: ‘Borat’ Star Buys Big and Leases out His Sunset Strip Area House; Soap Star, Rocker and Photographer of the Stars Buying and Selling, Too

RISMEDIA, October 8, 2010—(MCT)—Comedic actor and film star Sacha Baron Cohen has leased out his Sunset Strip area house for $9,000 a month. But the major real estate deal this summer for Baron Cohen and his wife, actress Isla Fisher, was the purchase of a nearby Mediterranean compound listed at ...


The Start of a Beautiful Partnership: Mobile Real Estate ID, HSA Home Warranty Team Up to Provide Cutting-edge Technology to Agents and Consumers

RISMEDIA, October 8, 2010—Always on the lookout to provide its customers—broker, agent or consumer—with the best service and latest information, HSA Home Warranty has teamed with mobile technology innovator Mobile Real Estate ID to provide something never seen before from a home warranty provider: property, photo and home warranty information ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Drop to New Lows

RISMEDIA, October 8, 2010—Mortgage rates fell to record lows again this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.45 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.32 discount and origination points. ...


Annual NAR Conference ‘NARdiGras 2010′ Expected to Draw 20,000

RISMEDIA, October 7, 2010—This year’s NAR Realtors® Conference & Expo, “NARdiGras 2010,” is expected to draw about 20,000 Realtors® and guests, NAR reports. Realtors will be joined by industry experts, lawmakers, federal agency officials and other guests for a program that addresses the many issues facing today’s residential and commercial ...