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Op-Ed: The Role of Appraisal Inflation in Loan Securitization

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—Street level appraisers have been getting a lot of heat for their role in the rise and collapse of real estate values and most of it is unfair. Without exception, every appraiser I have ever met was professional, direct, and considered the facts when arriving at his ...


Simple Tips to Make Your Home a Vacation Destination

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2010—Whether it's because of the economy or by choice, millions of Americans will be staying closer to home this summer; and with warm weather already upon us, many families will be spending their time outdoors. And even ...


Kitchen Comebacks – Tips for a Successful Kitchen Remodel

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2010—(MCT)—The explosion of remodeling shows on TV and makeover spreads in magazines has whetted America's appetite for glamorous rooms brimming with the latest furnishings, appliances and color schemes. Kitchen remodels are among the most popular, according to ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Custom-Built, Expanded Ranch

RISMEDIA, July 9, 2010—This sprawling, custom-built Expanded Ranch in West Orange, NJ is equipped with amenities that appeal to everyone. The living room, dining room, master bedroom and upstairs bedrooms are equipped with beautiful, shiny, refinished oak floors and ...


For Your Clients: Interpreting a Home Inspection Report

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2010—A home inspection report is an important document that a potential buyer will have that accurately describes the conditions that exist in the house they are considering buying. It is crucial that your client receive a well ...


HUD Releases 2009 American Housing Survey

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2010—Most families with young children live within a mile of a public elementary school. The most common home heating fuel in the U.S. is gas. Only a third of American homes have a working carbon monoxide detector. These are just some of the findings of a comprehensive ...


House Extends Home Buyer Tax Credit Closing Deadline

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2010—(MCT)—The House of Representatives introduced and passed a proposal to extend the original June 30 closing deadline for home buyers who want to get up to $8,000 in tax credits. ...


C.A.R. Reports May 2010 Median Price Increased 23.2 Percent; Home Sales Increased 1.2 Percent

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2010—Home sales increased 1.2% in May 2010 in California compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home rose 23.2%, the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) recently reported. ...


Top 10 Coolest Beach Homes

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2010—What’s not to love about the beach? The soothing sound of crashing waves, kids building sandcastles and seagulls scrambling for free snacks, all while you relax on your beach towel, mindlessly drifting away on your private mental ...


Home Buyers Who Missed 8,000 Dollar Tax Credit Coming Out Ahead

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—(MCT)—Home shoppers who missed the April 30 deadline for a housing tax credit might have the last laugh. For a variety of reasons, they could end up saving more than the $8,000 they could have received from ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Large Luxurious Custom ‘Diamond Certified Green’ Home

RISMEDIA, June 25, 2010—This brand new 9,617 square foot custom-built estate features three-stories, 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and boasts a litany of premium architectural, design and décor features. Located in The Ridges of Summerlin, Las Vegas, this magnificent estate ...


Getaways: Top Vacation Rental Hot Spots for 2010

RISMEDIA, June 25, 2010—TripAdvisor, one of the world's most popular and largest travel communities announced the top vacation rental hot spots for 2010, based on TripAdvisor shopping data and site editors. These outstanding vacation rental destinations offer easy access to ...


May 2010 Shows a Continued Strong Pace for Existing-Home Sales

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2010—Existing-home sales remained at elevated levels in May on buyer response to the tax credit, characterized by stabilizing home prices and historically low mortgage interest rates, according to the National Association of Realtors. Gains in the West ...


Simple Is Best – Technology Company Helps Make Agent’s Online Management a Little Simpler

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2010—Have you seen iGoogle? It’s an online dashboard that offers you the ability to read the day’s news, check your Facebook or Twitter feeds or even find out what time that new movie is playing. ...


Weekly Video Tip: Neighborhood Video Tours

RISMEDIA, June 22, 2010—When brokers and agents think of video, the first thing that comes to mind is often a home video tour. And while that’s certainly not a bad idea, another approach can make a major impact as well—and that’s a video tour of the neighborhood. After all, who ...


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