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First-Time Buyers, Tighter Lending Requirements Spark Home Warranty Demand

RISMEDIA, September 11, 2009—A dramatically changing housing market dominated by first-time buyers, tightened financial lending requirements and higher down payments is intensifying consumer demand for home warranties, according to the Home Warranty Association of California (HWAC). Stewart ...


Tax Credit Helps Spur Pending Home Sales

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2009—(MCT)—A gauge of future U.S. home sales rose more than expected in July 2009 to the highest level in more than two years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of a tax ...


First-Time Home Buyers Urged to Choose Qualified Home Inspector Now to Meet $8,000 Tax Credit Deadline

RISMEDIA, September 9, 2009—HouseMaster, one of the first and largest home inspection organizations in North America, urges first-time home buyers to be proactive in finding a qualified home inspector in order to meet the November 30, 2009 deadline for ...


Positive Signs – House Price Declines Continue to Moderate

RISMEDIA, September 8, 2009—House prices in the U.S. continued to depreciate in the second quarter 2009 but at a much more moderate rate compared to the fourth quarter 2008, the peak of the collapse in home prices, according ...


Real Estate Auctions: Top Bid Doesn’t Always Guarantee Sale

RISMEDIA, September 4, 2009—(MCT)—The atmosphere is electric, the deals can be dazzling, and the process can turn a bidder into a home buyer seemingly in a matter of minutes. ...


Credit Card Reform Offers Good News and Bad

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2009—(MCT)—Life with a credit card presumably got a little easier in August 2009. Under new federal regulations, credit card companies have to give more warning before upping your interest rate and more notice before your bill is due. ...


Pending Home Sales on a Roll, Up for Sixth Straight Month

RISMEDIA, September 2, 2009—Contract activity for pending home sales has risen for six straight months, a pattern not seen in the history of the index since it began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


New Credit Scoring Model May Boost Some Borrowers’ Scores

RISMEDIA, September 1, 2009—(MCT)-Even the most responsible borrowers slip up sometimes. Maybe a utility bill went unpaid after you moved and the missed payment went into collections. Or, perhaps there are unpaid library fines or ...


Bank Fees Go Up as Number of Distressed Banks at Highest Level in 15 Years

RISMEDIA, August 31, 2009-(MCT)-The growing number of troubled banks is forcing regulators to shore up deposit-insurance reserves, which in turn is going to cost consumers more in the form of fees and tighter lending standards. ...


Largest U.S. Cities Continue to be Plagued by Home Price Reductions

RISMEDIA, August 29, 2009-Trulia, Inc., a real estate search website, announced that 25% of homes currently on the market in the United States as of August 1, 2009 have experienced at least one price cut. The percentage of price reductions ...


Homeowners Save Energy, Cash with Tax Breaks

RISMEDIA, August 28, 2009-(MCT)-Bob Menconi enjoys his newly replaced air conditioner at his house. The A/C was replaced by a federal tax rebate. So your car isn't a clunker? And you're not buying a new home? But maybe your air-conditioning ...


Credit Card Limits to be Cut by 2 Trillion by 2010 – How Does This Impact You?

RISMEDIA, September 1, 2009-Ray Robinson thought he had a really good credit score, but then he applied for an auto loan and the panic set in. His once very good 758 score had dropped to 692. The most widely used ...


Positive Signs: Home Prices on an Upswing in Second Quarter 2009

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2009-Data through June 2009, released by Standard & Poor's for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, show that the U.S. National Home Price Index improved in the second quarter of 2009. ...


HomeGain Releases Results of Third Quarter Home Prices Survey

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2009-HomeGain, one of the first websites to provide free instant home values, announced the results of its quarterly Home Prices Survey of Realtors® based on the responses of 1,084 U.S. real estate agents and brokers. ...


Entry-Level Housing Affordability Reaches 67% in Second Quarter of 2009

RISMEDIA, August 22, 2009-The percentage of households that could afford to buy an entry-level home in California stood at 67% in the second quarter of 2009, compared with 49% (revised) for the same period a year ago, according to a report ...


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