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The Other Side of Real Estate – Renters Evicted from Foreclosed Homes

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2009-(MCT)-When Joe Isserles moved his wife and four sons, one of whom is comatose, into a rental home in Davenport, Fla., earlier this year, the landlord failed to mention that the house was in the final stages of ...


Foreclosure and Loan Modification Scams on the Rise

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2009-National Short Sale Center, a large short sale company, has warned homeowners of the rise in foreclosure and loan modifications scams. The FBI is currently investigating more than 2,100 mortgage fraud cases-a 400 percent increase from five years ...


The Perfect Summer Party: How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Get-together

RISMEDIA, June 13, 2009-(MCT)-Get out your biggest serving bowls. Stock up on sturdy plastic dinner plates and serving trays. ...


Federal Homeowner Program May be Making a Dent in Foreclosures

RISMEDIA, June 12, 2009-(MCT)-Scrambling to stay current with his mortgage, Craig Vale feared he was surely headed into foreclosure this year. Then the unemployed print-shop-equipment operator heard about a new program for financially troubled homeowners. ...


FHA Tax Credit Monetization Helps Home Buyers With Upfront Costs

RISMEDIA, June 11, 2009-First-time home buyers who would otherwise qualify for the $8,000 tax credit, but don't have the money for a down payment or closing fees, may now be able to get a loan to help cover those upfront costs. ...


Consumer Spending Index Continues Downward

RISMEDIA, June 10, 2009-The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index declined again in May, driven downward primarily by the housing market. The Index attempts to track consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending. ...


Are Increasing Numbers of Homeowners Withholding Their Mortgage Payments?

RISMEDIA, June 9, 2009-One of the reasons that it is hard to get a handle on the depths of the foreclosure crisis is that much of the information is hidden beneath the surface, like an iceberg. We are seeing only ...


Playing House for the First Time – Priorities for New Homeowners

RISMEDIA, June 8, 2009-(MCT)-Home prices have moderated, interest rates are reasonable, supply is abundant-and then there's that $8,000 tax credit. Yes, it's a great time to buy your first house. ...


Real Estate Q&A – The Low-Down on Listing Home Inspection Costs

RISMEDIA, June 5, 2009-(MCT)-Question: I have been looking for a house. I was driving in an area that I like and noticed a house I had long admired had just gone up for sale. I called the listing Realtor, viewed the ...


3 Bailout Strategies for Real Estate Investors

RISMEDIA, June 4, 2009-Real estate investors and vacation home buyers represented 35-40% of all residential property purchases in the years before the market downturn. Yet, many of these same investors are now experiencing serious negative equity and cash flow issues, and ...


7 Tips for Consumers Preparing to Purchase a Home

RISMEDIA, June 3, 2009-June is National Homeownership Month and like many other consumer advocates, the Oregon Bankers Association (OBA) urges consumers to get informed as they prepare to buy a home. Today, there are a growing number of obstacles for home ...


Tax Credit, Low Interest, and Big Inventory Lure Rookies into Housing Market

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-(MCT)-Even in a sputtering economy, one segment of the U.S. housing market is feeling a bounce. First-time home buyers-loaded for bear with a new $8,000 tax credit, historically low interest rates and a big inventory to choose ...


Recovery Act’s Homebuyer Tax Credit Can Immediately Help Thousands of First-Time Homebuyers

RISMEDIA, June 1, 2009-Speaking to the National Association of Home Builders Spring Board of Directors Meeting, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will allow homebuyers to apply the Obama Administration's new $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit toward the purchase costs of ...


Consumer Confidence Index Increases to Highest Level in Eight Months

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved considerably in April, posted another large gain in May. The Index now stands at 54.9 (1985=100), up from 40.8 in April. The Present Situation Index increased to 28.9 ...


Rethinking Remodeling: Homeowners Want More Bang for Their Home-Improvement Buck

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2009-(MCT)-Fewer homeowners may be starting complete kitchen remodels, but they're still replacing countertops and re-facing cabinets. They're also investing in improvements to make their homes more energy-efficient, according to a recent home remodeling and repair report by ...


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