Luxury Real Estate Archive
RISMEDIA, August 6, 2010—This new European, Tuscan-style luxury home in a gated community in Alajuela, Costa Rica is being listed by Top 5 Members Carla Rayman and Patricia Tan with Prudential Palms Realty. The home’s interior design is dominated
RISMEDIA, August 5, 2010—Pending home sales edged down with near-term sales expected to be notably lower in contrast to the spring surge when buyers rushed to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator, declined 2.6% to 75.7 based on contracts signed in June 2010 from an upwardly revised level of 77.7 in May, and is 18.6% below June 2009 when it was 93.0. The data reflects contracts and not closings, which normally occur with a lag time of one or two months.
RISMEDIA, August 5, 2010—Experts estimate that more than 1.3 million Latino families will lose their homes to foreclosure between 2009 and 2012. The financial setback and emotional blow from foreclosure is particularly devastating for Hispanic families
RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—Fannie Mae announced the launch of KnowYourOptions.com, a new consumer education website that outlines the choices available to homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage payments and high mortgage rates, and provides guidance on how they can contact and work with their mortgage company to find solutions.
RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—(MCT)—The 4.5% fixed-rate mortgage is here, although more than 14 months late. That magic number, or a close approximation, was reached recently, when Freddie Mac reported a 30-year rate of 4.54%. The possibility first arose in early 2009, when the government began mass-purchasing mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to prop up housing. Just about everyone predicted the rates would hit what builders and real estate agents call a "sweet spot" in a few months, and the housing recovery would begin, especially if consumer confidence had recovered to prerecession levels as well.
RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—The economy is stabilizing and home prices are holding. It's not just as good a time as ever to buy a house—it's one of the best times ever. ...
RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—Homeowners who are looking to remodel their kitchen should keep the following factors—that can significantly affect the price of their remodel—in mind as they begin to make plans to upgrade their kitchen.
RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—(MCT)—Government cash didn't help John Foley and Cindy Case sell their Minneapolis house before the federal home buyer's tax credit expired at the end of April, so the couple decided to take matters into their own hands.
RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—Nestled in the premier community of Coronado Village in the vibrant and affluent city of Coronado, California, this completely remodeled 2,700-square-foot family home has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a spacious kitchen with a long bar ...
RISMEDIA, July 29, 2010—Property owners prepared with research and information can save thousands of dollars on their property taxes. Following the simple steps outlined by Barry Sharpe, President of South Florida-based Property Tax Appeal Group (P-Tag), one can help property owners keep money in their pockets and assess property values on target.
RISMEDIA, July 28, 2010—The van line community lost a lot of drivers during the economic downturn, and that is creating a backlog this summer as van lines are unable to keep up with demand. In some cases, families are being put on wait lists for up to two months. That can be a pretty stressful situation...especially if a deal can fall through because the homeowners weren't able to vacate by close date.
RISMEDIA, July 28, 2010—Coming off an historic low in May, sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 23.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 330,000 units in June 2010, according to U.S. Commerce Department data.
RISMEDIA, July 27, 2010—Despite slowdowns in home sales across the country, California is still the nation’s hottest spot for home buying activity, with homes fetching multiple offers and selling above list price, according to the Q2 2010 Home Hunter report
RISMEDIA, July 26, 2010—Brand trust is becoming even more important to business survival today, especially as consumers’ use of the Internet continues to escalate. Another big driver is the media and how they pound us all day long with stories of banking scandals