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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. ...


HUD and NAR Unveil Three How-To Videos to Help Consumers Navigate the Home Buying Process

RISMEDIA, November 8, 2010—Especially in today’s housing market, the prospect of buying a home can seem overwhelming for many Americans who may not be aware of how to begin the process of shopping for a home or even a mortgage. ...


How Decrease in Nationwide Mobility Is Affecting Underwater Homeowners

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—(MCT)—Melinda Thompson can't afford to live in North Jersey. And she can't afford to leave. Her property taxes have risen from about $7,000 to about $12,000 in just seven years. She struggles with her mortgage payments, even ...


9 Tips for Attracting Off-Season Guests to Your Vacation Home

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—It's almost time to start thinking about building fires in the fireplace, bundling up in your warmest sweater, sipping hot cocoa while you watch the snow, and start fretting over that unrented vacation home. While T.S. Eliot may think that April is the cruelest month, for many ...


Faithful Mortgage Payments and Their Effect on the Economy

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—(MCT)—For almost two years, home foreclosures have swept the nation, spreading misery among once-buoyant families, spattering lenders with red ink and undermining efforts to restart the economy. But a bigger problem may turn out to be the ...


Fed Plans 600 Billion Dollar Bond Purchase to Spark Economy

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—(MCT)—In the wake of congressional elections that weakened President Barack Obama and slammed the door on any new economic stimulus, the Federal Reserve unveiled a controversial new plan to spur the faltering U.S. economy by pumping $600 billion into the financial system. ...


Massive Auction of 600 Foreclosed Homes Sweeps through Arizona

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—A flood of 600 foreclosed homes will head to the auction block in Phoenix, Tucson and Kingman from November 9-14. Hudson & Marshall, a leading real estate auction firm, will auction the properties. In a market like Arizona, where housing values have plummeted over the past four ...


Renovations Halted by Recession Leave Homes in Limbo

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—(MCT)—Ralph and Gloria Dickerson began a $150,000 expansion of their Englewood, N.J., house in 2004. But the work dwindled to a halt several years ago, and foreclosure proceedings were started on the house last year. The property ...


Fed to Take Unusual Stab at Boosting Economy through Quantitative Easing

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting that's expected to conclude with the announcement of an unorthodox plan to spark life into the U.S. economy. The Fed has signaled since August that it'll begin purchasing government bonds ...


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