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Luxury Real Estate Archive


Company Spotlight: In Need of a Little TLC

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—Despite the fact that many believe the real estate market’s already hit rock bottom, the number of foreclosures in the U.S. is still high. While the situation is tough for some, foreclosure properties still represent a unique opportunity for many first-time home buyers, move-up buyers looking for ...


The Missing Link in Lifestyle Search

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—A few weeks ago I came across an article where a broker was touted for going beyond the sale of a home and focusing on the lifestyle needs of their clients. I was hooked until I finished ...


Homeownership and Stable Communities Go Hand-in-Hand

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—Homeowners who are more active in their communities benefit from improved education opportunities and report higher levels of self-esteem and happiness when compared to renters, according to leading research. A new report from the National Association of ...


Sustainable Staging – 8 Tips to Make Your Listing Stand Out

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—With demand rising for green home features, it’s no surprise that home stagers are starting to style sustainably to help prospective buyers see green when they’re shopping for property. ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Resort Lifestyle Opens World of Experiential Possibilities

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—Situated on 550 acres of coastal land just north of La Paz, Mexico, Costa Baja offers homeowners a resort lifestyle that opens up an incredible world of experiential possibilities: top-notch golf at the first Gary ...


U.S. Quarter-Over-Quarter Home Price Gains Reach 7.9%, According to Clear Capital

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—Clear Capital, a premium provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment released its Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report. Patent pending rolling quarter technology significantly reduces the multi-month lag time associated with other indices to help investors, loan servicers and ...


For Your Clients: Tips to Keep Your Central Air Running Well

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—As the summer sun continues to heat up the country, homeowners are taking full advantage of their central air conditioner units. Charles Furlough, vice president, Pillar To Post Home Inspections offers the following tips to keep your ...


Important Questions to Ask during Seller Counseling Interviews

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—The key to success in selling real estate is being able to ask the right questions, not necessarily knowing the right answers. After all, you can always find the answers, but in order to truly differentiate yourself ...


NCOA Brochure and Assessment Tools Now Required for Those Seeking Reverse Mortgages

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now requires all HUD-approved reverse mortgage counselors to provide their clients with the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) 28-page consumer booklet on reverse mortgages. In addition, counselors must ...


Regional Spotlight: Connecticut Single-Family Home, Condo Sales Soar in June 2010

RISMEDIA, August 6, 2010—Single-family home sales in Connecticut surged 33% in June 2010 compared to a year earlier, while the median home price climbed for the seventh straight month, according to a new report by The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record. ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Private Home with Fantastic Views

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 ...


Pending Home Sales Ease in Post-Tax Credit Market

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 ...


Next On NAHREP Talk Radio: The Long-Term Impact of Foreclosure and the Housing Crisis on Latino Families, Children

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 who have little to fall back on. ...


Fannie Mae Launches ‘Know Your Options’ Online Resource to Educate Struggling Homeowners

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 ...


Mortgage Rates Hit New Low, Are Buyers Responding?

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 ...