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Regional Spotlight: April Bay State Foreclosures Take another Steep Drop

RISMedia, May 19, 2011—For the month of April, Massachusetts foreclosure activity remained at levels dramatically below those recorded last year. However, foreclosure petitions—which mark the first step in the foreclosure process in Massachusetts—posted the highest number so far this year. ...


Spring Breathes Life into Prices

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— A seasonal uptick in both median prices and inventory has appeared in most metropolitan areas across the country, contradicting earlier price reports, according to Altos Research’s 20-city Composite trends data in April. Price increases are apparent in 24 of the 26 tracked markets, and inventory increases ...


April Housing Scorecard Shows Growing Evidence of Economic Progress

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the April edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Officials caution that ...


75 Percent of Refinancing Homeowners Maintain or Reduce Debt in First Quarter

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) released the results of its first quarter refinance analysis showing homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their fiscal house: ...


When a Mortgage Puts a Home Buyer at a Disadvantage

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—(MCT)—For home buyers who need to finance their purchase using a mortgage, a cash buyer can be their worst enemy. ...


Stumped Builders Adjust Their Designs

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—(MCT)— With new-home sales at historical lows, builders are doing a lot of head-scratching about what kind of houses buyers want.Changing demographics and tougher lending standards are influencing their decisions, too. The industry is trying to get a handle on where home designs are headed after the ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: How to Stop Struggling with Lead Generation

RISMEDIA, May 6, 2011—Every week I hear from dozens of real estate professionals who are asking themselves “why can't I get my pipeline full of prospective clients?” Now more than ever people are struggling with lead generation and looking for ...


HUD’s Home Program Reaches One-Million Mark

RISMEDIA, May 6, 2011—Twenty years ago, Senator Alan Cranston, Congressman Henry Gonzalez and housing advocates from across the country designed a new block grant program exclusively dedicated to producing affordable housing. Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) has produced one million units ...


The Real Estate Educator: There’s an App for That

RISMEDIA, May 6, 2011— When the telephone first came into use, the biggest problem people had was getting their neighbor off the line so they could get a chance to talk. In time, however, you could get six landlines delivered to your home so that everyone had an opportunity to ...


Your Leadership Needed: Nearly Half of Home Buyers Surveyed Don’t Understand Essential Information about Mortgages

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—As the housing market continues to struggle, home buyers appear ill-prepared to take out a mortgage, answering basic questions about mortgage information wrong nearly half (46 percent) of the time, according to a Zillow® Mortgage Marketplace survey. ...


Build Your Business on Substance and Results

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—With the market we have today, consumers desperately need an experienced real estate agent for the largest financial transaction most of them will ever make. They want to know they’re working with a skilled, trusted professional who’s capable of closing sales. ...


Spring Warms Luxury Demand

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—It’s still very much a “cold” buyer’s market according to the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s April 24 Luxury Housing Report, but early numbers from the spring home buying season suggest that demand is warming up. ...


Latest MBA Weekly Survey Shows Increase in Mortgage Applications, Driven by Refinances

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—Mortgage applications increased 4.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 29, 2011. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 4.0 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis ...


Gallup: Time Is Right to Buy

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—Consumer attitudes towards the housing markets are echoing views in the years immediately preceding the peak of the housing boom, according to a new national survey by the Gallup poll. Americans continue to see a buyer’s market in housing, according to an April 2011 Gallup poll. Sixty-nine ...


1parkplace to Host Listings Webinar: “The Art of Connecting with Your Community”

RISMEDIA, May 4, 2011--1parkplace, a leader in online real estate marketing, believes high quality education and training is paramount to the success of its valued members. As a result, the company is kicking off the spring training season with ...


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