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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 ...


November Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Signs of Stabilization in House Prices and High Home Affordability

RISMEDIA, November 24, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the November 2010 edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard). The latest housing figures show continued signs ...


Garage Fire Safety – Common Sense Minimizes Risk

RISMEDIA, November 24, 2010—For many homeowners, a shiny new car is as integral a part of the home as the roof and the door—and it’s often right next to both. That’s because many people go to great lengths to protect ...


Why FHA Doesn’t Work for All Low Downpayment Buyers

RISMEDIA, November 24, 2010—During my years at PHH Mortgage and Realogy, I had the privilege to help build some of the most trusted brands in real estate, including Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA, Better Homes and Gardens, and Sotheby’s International Realty. My goal was always simple—to align national franchises with ...


New Roofing Options Allow Homeowners to Cut Energy Bills

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—(MCT)—When Scott Harris and Sarah Jack did a major renovation of their 1925 Teaneck, N.J., colonial in the summer of 2009, they kept the environment in mind—for example, choosing kitchen counters made of cement and recycled glass. ...


5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—It’s one thing when someone says “Things are looking up,” but quite another when the numbers actually bear that out. Happily, the latter is the case, evidenced by the latest statistics that show that home prices may ...


Delinquency Rate for Mortgages Decrease

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—(MCT)—A larger share of homes entered the foreclosure process in the third quarter, though the delinquency rate for mortgages dropped, the Mortgage Bankers Association recently reported. ...


Housing Remains Highly Affordable for Seventh Consecutive Quarter

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—Housing affordability remained near its highest level nationwide for the seventh consecutive quarter as interest rates dipped below 5% for the first time since the series was first compiled nearly two decades ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


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