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Regional Spotlight: New Home Price Stability Emerges in California

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2009—According to the John Burns Real Estate Consulting September survey of home builders, the housing market is stabilizing, with more builders raising prices than dropping prices in California.  ...


July 2009 Data Shows Continued Improvement in Home Value Trends

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2009—Home values continued to show encouraging signs according to new data released in Zillow.com Real Estate Market Reports for the July 2009 time period. The Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) was down 9.9% from its level one year ago, compared to a 10.5% and an 11.9% ...


Helping Agents, Educating Consumers

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2009—Building awareness of the importance of home warranties takes a clever, consumer-friendly approach, according to Home Warranty of America (HWA). That’s why the Chicago-based firm introduced their cartoon mascot, Ollie the Orange, last year and has now taken it a step further with a new, educational, 10-minute consumer ...


Top 12 Tips for Buying an Investment Property

RISMEDIA, November 13, 2009—Christine Van Tuyl and Margaret La Grange, an award-winning mother-daughter team with Prudential California Realty in Coronado, have compiled their latest list, the “Top Twelve Tips for Buying an Investment Property.”  ...


In Tough Economy – 88% of American Workers are Happy with Their Jobs

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2009—A new nationwide poll conducted by Clarus Research Group found that 88% of American workers are happy with their jobs and that only 6% of workers are unhappy with their current employment. Another 6% said they are neither happy nor unhappy.  ...


National 30-year Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2009—The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased last week to 5.04%, down from 5.09% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages fell to 4.48% ...


Realogy CEO Richard Smith Urges First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit Expansion

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2009—Realogy CEO Richard Smith appeared on Fox Business Network earlier this week to discuss the state of the housing market as well as the proposed legislation in Congress to expand the first-time homebuyer tax credit to all homebuyers.  ...


First-Time Buyers Race to Beat the Clock, Qualify for $8,000 Federal Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2009—First-time home buyers have just 12 weeks to find and close on a home to qualify for the $8,000 Federal tax credit before the November 30th deadline. Those just beginning the process will have to beat the average time it takes to buy a home, a challenge smart ...


Lose Your Job, Keep Your Home – Ask for Help Before it’s Too Late

RISMEDIA, Sept 11, 2009—(MCT)-Few words sting like the ones that inform you that you're being laid off — especially today, with jobs so hard to come by. If you're a homeowner, the blow of a job loss can ...


Positive Signs: Home Prices Rise 1.7% in Second Quarter

RISMEDIA, September 11, 2009—Freddie Mac announced that its Conventional Mortgage Home Price Index (CMHPI) Purchase-Only Series registered a 1.7% quarterly gain (7.0% annualized) during the second quarter 2009 for the U.S., following a downward revised 1.5% drop (–5.9% annualized) in the first quarter. Over the year ending with the second ...


Federal ‘Cash for Appliances’ Program Should Spur Sales

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2009—(MCT)—Did you recently trade in that old clunker for a new car? OK, so how are you fixed for a new refrigerator? Or maybe a new dishwasher or heat pump? ...


U.S. Consumer Sentiment Flat at Summer’s End, According to RBC Index

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2009—Although consumers' hopes for their local economies and personal finances improved in the past month, the most recent results of the RBC CASH (Consumer Attitudes and Spending by Household) Index rose by only 2.5 points to stand at 40.0 - up from a 37.5 reading in August. ...


Is the New Credit Score Model Helping Home Buyers?

RISMEDIA, September 9, 2009—Credit Expert Eddie Johansson believes the improved FICO 08 credit scoring model will increase the credit scores of a significant segment of borrowers, but it's not helping home buyers. According to Johansson, president of Credit Security Group, a leading nationwide credit analysis and rescoring firm, that's because ...


Regional Spotlight: Deadline Nears for First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit and State’s Down Payment Advance Loan Program

RISMEDIA, September 8, 2009—The end is nearing for the first-time homebuyer tax credit. In order to qualify, homebuyers must close on or before midnight on November 30th of this year to qualify for the tax credit. The National Association of Realtors(R) estimates close to two million first-time buyers will have ...


Today’s Manufactured Homes Naturally “Green” – Provide Less Waste, More Value

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2009—There is a “green” building revolution taking place, and manufactured housing is squarely in the forefront of this trend.  Due largely to the fact that manufactured homes are built in a controlled factory environment, implementing the latest construction technologies is easier, assembly is more efficient, and greenhouse gas ...


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