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

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: save 10% on any staging product from the REALTOR.org Store, deals on home and credit protection from REALTOR Benefits® Program partners and REALTORS® support the “Secondary Market Facility for Residential Mortgage Act of 2011”. For more information ...


National Association of REALTORS Bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® recently added language to its code of ethics banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Article 10 of NAR’s REALTORS® Code of Ethics previously prohibited the “denial of its professional services to any ...


Monthly Survey Report Assesses Opinions about Owning a Home, Renting a Home, and Household Finances

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2011—Fannie Mae's (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) new monthly national consumer attitudinal survey report provides eleven indicators offering a window into the opinions of Americans across the country. These behavioral insights convey what consumers think about the outlook for owning and renting a home and about their household ...


New Foreclosure Study Finds the More That’s Owed, the Longer the Defaulter Can Stay

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2011—Homeowners living in houses worth over $417,000 can live in their homes mortgage-free without fear of foreclosure for more than a year, but those in the less valuable homes are getting thrown out in 300 days or less. ...


Real Estate Search Engine Gives New Meaning to Online Matchmaker

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2011— With high housing inventories and low prices there is no question that the current local housing market is a buyer’s market. So why does the average real estate search engine focus on what the seller has to offer instead of what the buyer is looking ...


Century 21 Real Estate Accepted into American Society for Training and Development Forum

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2011— Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, recently announced it has been accepted into the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) Forum, a consortium of public and private organizations joined together in a collaborative ...


Evolution of the Broker Pricing Opinion

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2011—Executives within the default Industry are required to make decisions on a variety of dispositions that vary from loss mitigation to REO pricing strategies. The Broker Pricing Opinion (BPO) is an integral component of the decision making ...


High Rollers Move Up

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2011—While a third of homeowners struggle to stay above water on their mortgages, nearly a quarter of those in the upper income tiers have been trading up to take advantage of deals in the luxury home market. ...


Weekly Video Tip: Pre-Interviews

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2011—If you’re planning on interviewing someone on camera…remember the old adage…”practice makes perfect.” ...


HUD, CLPHA to Host Conference on Green Solutions for Public Housing

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2011—Across the country, public housing authorities are struggling to control skyrocketing energy costs, often accounting for nearly a quarter of their operating budgets. To help cut energy bills and consumption, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities ...


New Billion-Dollar-Emergency Loan Program Hopes to Stave Off Foreclosures

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2011— The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in conjunction with NeighborWorks America launched a new Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) recently to help homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure in 27 states across the country and Puerto Rico. ...


Obama Administration Offers Additional Mortgage Relief to Unemployed Homeowners

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2011—Recently, the Obama Administration announced adjustments to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) requirements that will require servicers to extend the forbearance period for unemployed homeowners to 12 months. The Administration also intends to require servicers participating in the Making Home Affordable Program (MHA) to extend the minimum forbearance ...


Earth Advantage Institute and Passive House Institute US Team Up on Energy Performance Score

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2011—Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource that has certified more than 11,000 homes, and the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) announced their intent to work together on development of an Energy Performance Score (EPS) label that can be issued for any home certified to the ...


Mobile Dependence Day: The Year of Mobile

RISMEDIA, July 11, 2011—(eM+C)—No doubt you've heard the phrase numerous times over the past couple of years, but this time it's finally true. With the smartphone market expected to grow nearly 50 percent this year, 2011 is in fact "the ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Hit a 2-Month High

RISMEDIA, July 11, 2011— Mortgage rates increased for the second week in a row, with the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.79 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.32 discount and origination points. ...


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