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Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America Join Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—The Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America—two of the most recognized and influential consumer protection organizations in the nation—joined the Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees. Adding their voices to the diverse coalition ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


Nearly Eight in 10 Americans Still Believe Buying a Home Makes Good Financial Sense

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—Nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe buying a home is a good financial decision, despite ongoing challenges with the economy and housing market. That's according to the 2010 National Housing Pulse Survey, an annual report released ...


From Blighted to Cool Green; Low-Cost Upgrades Cut Energy Bills

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Jodie Mekled is looking forward to cheap utility bills this winter. The retail worker from Sterling Heights, Mich., could pay as little as $40 a month for natural gas thanks to energy-efficient home improvements made through Habitat for Humanity. ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


Be Market-Smart: Dos and Don’ts for Home Sellers and Buyers

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2010—It would be unrealistic to say that the real estate market is utterly rosy right now, but neither is it thorn-filled by any means. In fact, things are decidedly looking up: July got some good news, when ...


Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy Index Reveals Top Cities for Renting, Owning Homes

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2010—Trulia.com, a leading site for home buyers, sellers and renters, recently released the results from its Rent vs. Buy Index, which tracks whether buying a home or renting is less expensive in America's 50 largest cities, based ...


Los Angeles Real Estate Scene Attracts, Creates Celebrities

RISMEDIA, October 4, 2010—(MCT)—The face. The hair. The voice. Why does that real estate agent seem so familiar? Because, in that only-in-L.A. kind of way, there's a good chance the agent is also an actor, reality show personality or has ...


Nonprofit Organization Rehabs Discarded Houses into Super-Efficient Homes

RISMEDIA, October 1, 2010—(MCT)—Wendy and Robby Haun had to sell their home near Cary, N.C., to make way for a state highway project, but the comfortable ranch house did not go to waste. It went to Builders of Hope, a ...


New Internet SEO Technology Changing the Face of Real Estate

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—The real estate industry has seen a huge number of changes over the past 20 years with the advent of pagers, cell phones and the Internet, and a new one coming out now for search engine optimization will do the same thing with how agents market themselves ...


Fannie Mae Announces Support for Military Homeowners

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—At a recently held event at the Pentagon, Fannie Mae and the U.S. Army announced new initiatives to help service members who are struggling with their mortgage payments avoid foreclosure. The effort includes a mortgage payment forbearance of up to six months where the death or injury ...


U.S. Home Prices Up 0.6 Percent in July 2010

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—Data through July 2010, released by Standard & Poor's for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, one of the leading measures of U.S. home prices, show that the annual growth rates in 16 of the 20 MSAs and the 10- and 20-City Composites slowed in July compared to ...


A Preventive Maintenance Checklist for Savvy Second Homeowners

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—It's one thing to examine your property with an eye toward pleasing your guests, but smart second homeowners realize the value of regular preventive maintenance as well. Even if your guests don't notice, say, a leaky roof, it's likely to cause bigger, more expensive problems down the ...


Finding Success in Today’s Market: Educate, Educate, Educate

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—Educating agents on the realities of today’s market is one of the easiest ways for real estate professionals to drive success to their company. Here, read how Patti Siebold, president/co-owner/operating principal of Keller Williams Realty Premier Partners in Vancouver, Washington, goes above and beyond to make sure ...


Mobile Real Estate Selected as Mobile Technology Sponsor of CAR Expo

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—Recognizing the giant leap mobile technology and the mobile Web has taken in the past year, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) has selected Mobile Real Estate LLC as its mobile technology sponsor of the 2010 CAR Realtor Expo, scheduled for October 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention ...


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