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2010 Foreclosure Activity Down in Hardest-Hit Markets, but Increases in 72 Percent of Major Metros Nationwide

RISMEDIA, January 27, 2011—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, released its 2010 Year-End Metropolitan Foreclosure Market Report, which shows that while foreclosure activity increased from 2009 in 149 of the nation’s 206 metropolitan areas with a population of ...


Homeownership More Affordable Than Renting in 72 Percent of Major U.S. Cities

RISMEDIA, January 25, 2011—Trulia.com, a top site for home buyers, sellers and renters, released its latest Rent vs. Buy Index which found that it is more affordable to buy than to rent a two-bedroom home in 72% of America's 50 ...


Owners and Renters Agree: Owning a Home Is a Smart Decision

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2011—A substantial majority of both homeowners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. That's according to the results of a National Association of REALTORS® survey of 3,793 adults ...


Building Permits Rise in December 2010 as Builders Prepare for Anticipated Improvement in Buyer Demand

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2011—Nationwide housing starts declined 4.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 units in the final month of 2010, according to newly released figures by the U.S. Commerce Department. While this was the slowest pace of starts activity since October 2009, the year-end data indicate that ...


Foreclosure Upgrades Improve Neighborhoods One House at a Time

RISMEDIA, January 21, 2011—(MCT)—Torrey Warship had never owned a home—until the mortgage foreclosure crisis. Through a federal program to renovate foreclosed homes, the public works laborer bought his first house in Waukegan, Ill., for $138,000. He moved his family out of an apartment and into a two-story, two-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bath home ...


Top 5 Home Improvement Projects Based on Average Cost and Return on Investment

RISMEDIA, January 20, 2011—HomeGain.com, a website to offering Web-based, free instant home values, announced that it has released the results of its nationwide home improvement and home staging Home Sale Maximizer survey. ...


Builders Expect Home Sizes to Keep Shrinking

RISMEDIA, January 18, 2011—(MCT)—Homebuilders are thinking smaller. They've cut the average size of new houses and expect it to shrink more over the next few years. "Most builders will build smaller and lower-priced homes in 2011," said Rose Quint, a researcher with the National Association of Home Builders. "Our experts ...


Top Ten Most Searched Real Estate Markets in 2010

RISMEDIA, January 12, 2011—While many real estate markets in 2010 experienced extraordinary highs and lows in response to tax credits, low interest rates and price swings, consumer interest in real estate remained consistent. Las Vegas and Los Angeles came in ...


What Home Buyers Can Expect from the Real Estate Market in 2011

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2011—(MCT)—The drumbeat from the housing community was loud and clear in 2010: There was never a better time to buy a home. For most of the past 12 months, home prices tumbled, mortgage rates ticked downward, and ...


Do-It-Yourself Interior Painting Is Like Money in the Bank

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—Trying to decide whether to do some home remodeling this year or leave your money in the bank? You can do both if you remodel with paint. “The cost of do-it-yourself interior painting is so low, it’s almost like remodeling without touching your bank account,” says Debbie ...


Bringing a New Approach to the American Dream – How Radian Stands Up for Homeownership

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—If you’ve been in the real estate industry for a long time, probably the last place you’d expect to see Brien McMahon is standing amidst a sea of pink flamingos. But McMahon is making a statement here. ...


Extended Families Come Together Under One Roof to Make Ends Meet

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—(MCT)—Morning begins in the Grisso household with the coffee maker grinding beans at 6:07, churning with the same grating sound as a fork spinning in a sink disposal. The eight occupants of the house stir. Two grandparents float into the kitchen and head to work, taking the ...


New Federal Program Provides Nearly 73 Million Dollars in Counseling Grants to Help Families Find and Keep Housing

RISMEDIA, December 29, 2010—In an effort to help families find decent housing and to prevent future foreclosures, the Obama Administration announced nearly $73 million in housing counseling grants to more than 500 national, regional and local organizations. As a result ...


Weekly Video Tip: Utilizing Social Media Marketing

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—You’ve just started your own business. You have put your sweat, blood, and tears into its success. So, now what? How do you plan to spread the word? Technology is advancing so rapidly that if you thought you had a real bang-up marketing plan a year ago, ...


Real Estate Agents Reviewing Safety Precautions in Wake of Ohio Crimes

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—(MCT)—In response to the recent crimes against real-estate agents in the Youngstown and Kent, Ohio, areas, local real-estate brokers are reviewing safety precautions for their agents. These incidents remind all agents nationwide to review safety procedures when showing vacant homes. ...