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ZipRealty Releases Inaugural “Sale Rack Report” Identifying Country’s Most Discounted Homes

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—Retailers aren't the only ones slashing prices this fall to attract shoppers. National real estate brokerage ZipRealty's inaugural Sale Rack Report finds that many home sellers are aggressively reducing their asking prices, some by more than two thirds of the original list prices and tens of thousands ...


4 Reasons Why Vacation Property Owners Should Put Their Rental Fears to Rest

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—Many vacation property owners would like to rent their home out when they're not using it themselves. Problem is, they let their worry about the "what-ifs" override the benefits of collecting all that glorious rental income. Here, Christine Karpinski, director of Owner Community for HomeAway, Inc., and ...


Rei L. Mesa Featured in U.S. News and World Report: How to Find a Second Home Bargain

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—In much of Florida, homes have become dramatically more affordable since 2005, attracting new buyers who couldn't have made a purchase "in the peak years," says Rei Mesa, president and CEO of Prudential Florida Realty. In Nevada, buyers are snatching up $200,000 properties that just a few ...


Spending Smart: Plan Ahead for Home Appliance Life Spans

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—Home appliances break and wear out, and many consumers are often surprised, almost as if they expect these machines to last forever. But appliances have life spans. A trash compactor lasts just six years, on average, compared with a gas boiler, which typically lasts 20 years, according ...


4 Reasons Why Buying a Home Now Presents the Opportunity of a Lifetime

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—(MCT)—As the economy continues to suffer and home prices continue to fall, numerous Americans across the country are staying away from the real estate market. But, if you are looking to take advantage of the opportunity of ...


Shared Equity Programs Stabilize Neighborhoods and Preserve Affordable Housing

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—(MCT)—As tighter lending requirements make homeownership more difficult, so-called "shared equity" or "long-term affordability" programs are getting more attention from local governments, nonprofits and private foundations. ...


Regional Spotlight: Good News for California’s Economy – Luxury Homebuilder Returns to San Diego Market

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—There’s a new sign that bodes well for the local economy and the California housing market. Toll Brothers, one of the nation’s leading luxury home builders has returned to the San Diego market. Brand new communities, especially those built by a solid, strategic company, are strong indicators ...


HUD Releases First Comprehensive Housing Survey of New Orleans Metropolitan Area Since Hurricane Katrina

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—In the five years since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast, the New Orleans metropolitan area lost 75,000 housing units or nearly 13% of its housing stock. In addition, the median monthly cost of housing rose by nearly 33%, from $662 in 2004 to $882 in 2009. ...


Housing Regulator Prepares Changes for Reverse Mortgages

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Housing Administration isn't talking publicly about it, but the agency may be getting ready to lessen the upfront costs of reverse mortgages for some borrowers. The agency also, however, may be reducing the amount seniors ...


9 Body Language Do’s and Don’ts to Help You Win in the Business World

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Today's business world is more competitive than ever. As the economy continues to struggle, competition for jobs, clients, sales—you name it—continues to be tight. If you're sure you've been saying all the right things, but you still can't get ahead, author Sharon Sayler suggests you consider what ...


Study: Green Buildings May Reap Benefits Including Less Absenteeism and Higher Productivity

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—(MCT)—Is where you work making you sick? A new study finds that employees who move from buildings with poor indoor environmental quality to more healthful "green" buildings may reap some benefits, including less absenteeism and higher productivity. ...


Setting Clear Expectations Helps Create a Streamlined Short Sales Approach

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2010—Anyone that works in the real estate industry knows that a short sale transaction can take months to be approved and closed. While short sale approvals can be completed in a short timeframe, the reality is that short sales usually take three to four times as long ...


3 Areas to Cutback, Rethink or Undo as We Work Through Today’s Economy

RISMEDIA, September 9, 2010—The economy has been stuck on pause (or in some cases, rewind) for about three years now, and for about 59 of the last 60 months, we've been eagerly anticipating its quick turn-around so that we can finally get on with our lives. ...


Prudential Florida Realty Hosts Florida Social Media Summit Presented by Allan Dalton

RISMEDIA, September 8, 2010—Prudential Florida Realty, Florida Real Estate Services is hosting the upcoming Florida Social Media Summit, taking place on September 14th and 15th, 2010. The highly anticipated event will be presented by RISMedia’s Chief Marketing Officer and President and Co-Founder of The Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, ...


Company Profile: Bank of America Home Loans Works with Real Estate Professionals to Offer Buyers a Better Purchase Experience

RISMEDIA, September 7, 2010—The housing market is showing signs of life. Historically low interest rates and greater home affordability in many areas are beginning to attract prospective home buyers to the market. And with a slow yet steady economic recovery, ...


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