Real Estate Information Archive
RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—(MCT)—Home construction is one of those things that really hasn’t changed a whole lot for hundreds of years. For example, if you look at the houses in Colonial Williamsburg, they have pitched roofs with shingles, walls with siding or brick on the outside and plaster on the inside, wooden floors, casement windows and so on. Yes, a modern home has central heat and electrical wiring not found in the 1700s, but the structure and common features are remarkably similar.
RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—Up until 2009, the first few real estate applications that arrived on the scene for smartphones were certainly visually exciting. But although they were interesting examples of new technology for real estate, it was not clear if these apps would ultimately be a meaningful contributor toward building listings and sales. Not any more, says MOVE. Today, the value of mobile is quite evident. REALTOR.com® and Top Producer Systems, (both operated by MOVE, Inc.) are making deeper commitments to developing mobile solutions for agents and real estate consumers.
RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—(MCT)—Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, citing the threat of prolonged high unemployment and an economy potentially falling into a dangerous deflationary spiral, Friday laid out a case for the central bank to buy more U.S. government bonds
RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—The National Association of Realtors (NAR) strongly supports the proposed guidance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to prevent government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing
RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—Often, our first encounter with mold at home occurs in that infamous spot between the shower curtain and tub. It’s pretty disgusting, but it’s easy to wipe up. Unfortunately, in most homes, this isn’t the extent of the mold—the more problematic mold is the insidious kind, hiding behind walls and in floorboards, and potentially contributing to a range of allergies and other illnesses. In fact, a 1994 study by the Harvard University School of Public Health, which involved 10,000 homes in the U.S. and Canada, found that half of those homes had mold levels that participants said caused a 50-100% increase in distressing respiratory symptoms.
RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—In today’s dicey lending environment, many a would-be home buyer often falls into one of two camps: uninformed or running scared. Unfortunately, tightening lending standards and a pervasive unease about the overall economy have combined to keep many potential buyers on the sidelines of homeownership. In many cases, however, proper guidance on the available loan products could have shown them that not only is a home purchase achievable, but affordable as well.
RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—While text message lead generation services have spread across real estate firms nationwide, it always seemed that the use of these services were few and far between when you walked around New York City. Why? One of the reasons we launched our text
RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—Family owned and operated since 1855, Baird & Warner is one of the oldest residential real estate brokerages in the nation, with 26 branch offices servicing more than 300 communities throughout northeastern Illinois. Baird & Warner provides a full range
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 of groups opposed to predatory private transfer fees is a major milestone in the growing momentum to stop these fees.
RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—The Dilemma and Opportunity
For a real estate broker (“Broker”) who is currently marketing the use of a preferred residential mortgage lender, title company or other settlement-service provider (“Preferred Partner”), there are several simple questions to consider:
RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—While today’s economy and real estate market have many real estate professionals and architects closing up shop, it has also provided numerous opportunities for those looking to take advantage of any open doors that pop up along the way. Not one to let
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 cut from $925,000 to $749,000—the house is still on the market, with the couple looking at a substantial loss at that price. "We fell in love with the house from the moment we saw it, and we don't know why other people aren't doing the same," Ken Bolsch said.
RISMEDIA, October 16, 2010—Today’s challenging market has proven to be a career-defining opportunity for real estate agents looking to stay ahead of the competition. Agents who understand that real estate is a marketing business have taken the first step toward finding success in
RISMEDIA, October 16, 2010—Why is it that some real estate agents consistently earn a large annual income while other agents, putting in the same hours, selling the same products and trained by the same sales manager struggle each month financially to make ends meet? The answer
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 by the National Association of Realtors. The survey, which measures how affordable housing issues affect consumers, also found job security concerns to be the highest in eight years of sampling, with 70% of Americans saying that job layoffs and unemployment are a big problem in their area; eight in 10 cite these issues as a barrier to homeownership.