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Real Estate News Archive


Real Estate Agents Shoulder Small-Business-Owner Burden

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—(MCT) —Eight out of 10 real estate agents are independent contractors, not salaried or commissioned employees. Which means that a real estate agent can be described as a small businessperson, says Walt Molony, spokesman for the National Association of REALTORS®. Or, in the view of the IRS, ...


Seasonal Home Price Increase Underway in May 2011

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—Data through May 2011, released recently by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed a second consecutive month of increase in prices for the 10- and 20-City Composites. The 10- and 20-City Composites were up 1.1% and 1.0%, ...


Veterans and Active Duty Can Get Financial Help When Buying Their First Home

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families, is offering financial help to eligible first-time home buyers through its Dream ...


Prudential Florida Expands Market Presence in Martin County

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—Prudential Florida Realty, a member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), has expanded its market presence in Martin County with the opening of the sales office at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club. ...


Realogy Files Comments with Regulators Regarding Dodd-Frank Mortgage Rules

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, recently announced the Company filed comments with the six regulatory agencies responsible for drafting the rules regarding Qualified Residential Mortgage, or QRM, under the Dodd-Frank Act. ...


Don’t Sell Me…Help Me!

There are some interesting things happening when it comes to doing business in the current environment. ...


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

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: help sellers make the best decisions with the NAR Guide to Home Selling, Learn how REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner Victor O. Schinnerer & Company helps members with E&O insurance, and the Home Ownership Matters bus is hitting ...


Refinance Applications Surge in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2011—Mortgage applications increased 15.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 15, 2011. ...


Op-Ed: Provisions in House’s Environment Spending Bill Promise a Wet, Hot, Dirty American Summer

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011— This week, the House of Representatives plans to vote on the Interior Environment FY 2012 Appropriations bill, H.R. 2584, which is chock full of more than 40 provisions that would prolong pollution of the air, water, ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Celebrates Third Anniversary with Significant Growth, Momentum, Recognition

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011— Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate LLC is celebrating its third anniversary with a growing network of 6,858 agents across 198 offices in 22 states. Since launching the franchise in July 2008, the lifestyle real estate brand has continued to grow significantly and maintain exciting momentum ...


First Team Real Estate Names New Director Of Relocation

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2011—First Team Real Estate, an independent real estate firm in California and member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), has announced the appointment of Gayle Glew as director of the company’s corporate relocation services. He will be primarily responsible for business development and continuing to enhance ...


The Four Tiers to Social Media Success

It’s easy to get started on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. But what do you do once you’re done signing up and inviting friends and followers? ...


HUD and NeighborWorks America Announce Deadline Extension for Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011--Recently the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and NeighborWorks® America announced that the deadline for the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program has been extended to Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in order to give homeowners at risk of foreclosure in the participating 27 states and Puerto Rico ...


California REALTORS® Applaud New Law on Short Sales

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011—(MCT)—Under a new state law, any lender who agrees to a short sale—which by definition will yield insufficient funds to cover the outstanding loans on a property—must accept it as payment in full for all loan balances. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Managing a Portfolio of Rental Properties in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011–Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, hosts “Rand on Real Estate" on 770 WABC, where this week he offers his expertise to a live Closter, N.J. caller on removing a tenant from one of his current investments and selling his other two properties. ...


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