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NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: get the Linkedin Manual for Real Estate from the REALTOR.org Store; get $50 off a new AHS® Home Warranty FlexPlan® with REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, American Home Shield®; and Americans continue to reaffirm their support of and ...


Prices Rise for Second Consecutive Month

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—Hours after the National Association of REALTORS® announced an 8.2 percent jump in May prices, CoreLogic confirmed its May numbers show a second consecutive month-over-month increase. ...


Renters Can Do Plenty to Make their Homes More Eco-Friendly

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—(MCT)—So you're a renter and you want to green your space, but your landlord won't splurge on solar panels. Don't fret. There are plenty of low-cost ways for apartment dwellers to be eco-friendly. ...


Real Estate Technology is Shifting

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—We are seeing a significant shift occurring in real estate technology that will impact our industry dramatically in the years to come. Like most shifts, it didn’t happen all at once but if you look carefully you can see the seeds of this shift many years back. ...


Pending Home Sales Turn Around in May

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—Pending home sales rose strongly in May with all regions experiencing gains from a year ago, pointing to higher housing activity in the second half of the year, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Case-Shiller: Slight Increase in April

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—S&P/Case-Shiller’s 10- and 20-city composites rose less than one percent in April over March, the first price increase the indices have measured in eight months. ...


Hybrid Housing Holds Appeal

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—(MCT)—Mary Myss never has to paint her Chaska, Minn., home, mow the lawn or shovel her driveway. That's because her walkout rambler is in Pioneer Point, a subdivision of single-family homes that are maintained by a homeowners' association. ...


Don’t Fall Short: Follow This Path to Successful Short Sales

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—Short sales aren’t what they used to be. Gone is the long and complex process that often confused and frustrated both buyers and sellers. Today, mortgage lenders—along with the federal government—have streamlined short sales to make them ...


This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMedia, June 29, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: get the pulse of the marketplace with the “2010 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers,” new mobile app for REALTORS® from REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Lowe’s, and NAR urges regulators to reconsider on the Qualified Residential ...


Experts Agree Prices Have Bottomed Out and Will Stay There

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—A significant majority of the 108 economists and experts participating in MacroMarkets’ June Price Home Expectations panel believe that the bottom for home prices arrived in the first quarter or will arrive sometime before year-end. ...


Are You a Bridge Builder?

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011—"Biography" is one of my favorite TV shows because it pays tribute to the accomplishments of well-known, successful men and women. I gain insight and inspiration from their stories of achievement and personal triumph over adversity. I ...


Builders Back Reauthorization of Flood Insurance Program

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011— The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently expressed support for a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to ensure that the federally-backed flood insurance program remains efficient and effective in protecting flood-prone ...


FHFA House Price Index Rises 0.8 Percent in April; First Monthly Increase Since May 2010

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011—U.S. house prices rose 0.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from March to April, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index. The previously reported 0.3 percent decrease in March was revised to a 0.4 percent decrease. ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011— Mortgage applications decreased 5.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 17, 2011. ...


Prices Perked up in April

RISMEDIA June 25, 2011—U.S. house prices rose slightly in April for the first month-to-month increase since last May, according to new numbers released today by the Federal Home Finance Agency, a branch of the Treasury Department. ...