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New One-Stop Manual Guides Consumers through Housing Bubble and Unstable Housing Market

RISMEDIA, October 23, 2009—The Homeowner Survival Guide, by Andrew C. Mungar, is dedicated to helping homeowners understand and resolve the problems associated with the devastating financial crisis and the housing bubble. The book guides consumers through every option that is available to them and teaches them how to get their ...


Real Estate Leaders Jam with Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh at Benefit for Band’s Archive Exhibition at New York Historical Society

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2009—“When we started out it was just rock and roll – who knew it would become historical,” said Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh as he and Dead guitarist Bob Weir took the stage Wednesday night during a benefit at the New York Historical Society for its upcoming ...


When Should You Tap Your 401k?

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2009—(MCT)—Right now, let's consider our economic world where credit card companies are stingy, consumer loans are tight or priced high out of reach and home values are so low that some families can no longer take out a home-equity line of credit.  ...


Vice President Joe Biden Unveils Report Focused on Expanding Green Jobs and Energy Savings for Middle Class Families

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—Vice President Joe Biden recently unveiled Recovery Through Retrofit, a report that builds on the foundation laid in the Recovery Act to expand green job opportunities and boost energy savings by making homes more energy efficient. Joining the Vice President were Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House ...


Appraisers Not Responsible for Low Appraisals

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2009—Responding to recent testimony before the House Small Business Committee, the Appraisal Institute, one of the nation’s largest organizations of real estate appraisers, reminded the Committee’s leaders that appraisers are not responsible for so-called low appraisals.  ...


Real Estate Leaders to Host Benefit Evening for Grateful Dead Exhibition at New York Historical Society, Band Members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir to Attend

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2009—In support of the new exhibition “The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society,” (opening March 2010) and the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the Historical Society will hold a fundraising reception on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, co-hosted by real ...


A Fix-Up Strategy Works in Long Run: If You Have Time on Your Side, Improve and Enjoy Your Home

RISMEDIA, October 17, 2009—(MCT)—You're thinking of selling—but not just yet. Let's say you've got a five-year plan to prepare an older, lived-in house for sale.  ...


Energy Savers: Incentives to Help You Take Advantage of Home-Efficiency Upgrades

RISMEDIA, October 17, 2009—(MCT)—As the weather turns chilly in many parts of the country, homeowners are looking at improvements to help them keep their energy costs down—and the government can help with part of the bill.  ...


Freddie Mac Takes Its Home Affordable Modification Program to the Streets

RISMEDIA, October 17, 2009—(MCT)—Freddie Mac is taking the Home Affordable Modification Program to the front door of borrowers who are even a little behind on their mortgage payments.  ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 5% in Third Quarter

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2009—RealtyTrac, one of the leading online marketplaces for foreclosure properties, released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for Q3 2009, which shows that foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 937,840 properties in the third quarter, a 5% increase from the previous quarter and an increase ...


Percentage of Price-Reduced Homes Available for Sale Down from Last Year, but Still Substantial

RISMEDIA, October 14, 2009—While many sellers continue to cut their asking prices, fewer are doing so, according to recent data compiled by ZipRealty, national real estate brokerage, which may lead to an upward trend in home prices. According to MLS data, more than 44% of home listings in 28 major markets ...


Regional Spotlight: Home Prices Held up Better This Year in Towns Served by Metra

RISMEDIA, October 14, 2009—During 2009, Chicago suburbs served by Metra commuter trains saw the average price of a home decline less sharply than other areas of the seven-county suburban Chicago real estate market, according to a study of home sales activity by RE/MAX.  ...


Op-ed: Mortgage Securitization—A Web of Lies

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2009—Somebody had to say it. I have been literally begging the question for over two years. Except for some academics and some wild-eyed conspiracy bloggers, no one has wanted to talk about this. Maybe it’s the complexity of the process or that so many people ...


Bankruptcies’ Slowdown a Good Sign, But is it Good Enough?

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2009—(MCT)-In another promising sign of economic recovery, the torrid pace of personal and business bankruptcies slowed during the third quarter of 2009. ...


Equity Financing – A Solution to Today’s Housing Crisis?

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2009—As the housing market continues to struggle its way toward stabilization, Steve Cinelli, founder and chief strategy officer at PRIMARQ, discusses the notion of equity financing and how he and his team are working with leaders in ...


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