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The Value of Home Warranties: Protect Your Wallet

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—Even with home sales and prices continuing to fall nationwide, millions of Americans will still navigate the process of buying and selling homes this summer, and for many, the sheer volume of details and decisions can be overwhelming. With so much to consider when buying or selling ...


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. ...


Place Your Vote in the 2011 “Ugliest House” Contest

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—HomeVestors of America, Inc., known as the "We Buy Ugly Houses®" company, announced that national public voting is now under way in the "2011 Ugliest House of the Year®" contest in six regional markets across the USA. Have your voice heard and compare your opinion with others ...


Brokerage Veteran Louis Farina Joins Jordan Baris, Inc. Rentals

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—Louis Farina has taken the reins and is running Jordan Baris, Inc. Rentals. Farina has an extensive background as the former owner of Signature Homes and Estates in Morris County, an award winning manager running a large office for a franchise and as a top producing ...


For Investors: Re-evaluate Your Insurance Policies

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—With winter weather creeping in, landlords should be aware of exactly what their landlord insurance policy covers. ...


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 ...


New HUD Study: $26 Billion in Major Repairs Needed in Public Housing

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released a study that finds the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units need an estimated $25.6 billion for large scale repairs. This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for ...


NAHB Study Finds Loan Limit Declines a Discouraging Prospect for Recovering Housing Market

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—A drop in some mortgage loan limits for the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration scheduled to occur on Oct. 1 will reduce housing demand and place downward pressure on ...


Regional Spotlight: REALTORS Visit Beacon Hill to Push for Increased Licensing Requirements and the Defeat of Transfer Taxes

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—Approximately 55 members of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) recently traveled to Boston to participate in the 26th annual "REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill" activities conducted by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) on June 8, 2011. ...


How to Position Your Buyer Clients Favorably in REO Transactions

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—Someone once likened selling REO properties to rooting for the House at Blackjack or being a Yankee fan; as a lifelong Red Sox fan, that second one hurt. ...


Social Media: A Foolproof Method for the Madness

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—Despite the hard-and-fast proof that social media is increasing exponentially—first for personal and now for professional use—the naysayers are still out there. You’ve heard them … “Social media is a waste of time.”… “I’ll never get more business from Facebook.”… “Social media is just another distraction.” While ...


Rand on Real Estate: Opportunities for Real Estate Investors

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com recently appeared on Fox Business explaining why Phoenix, Dallas and Pittsburgh are great cities to invest in. ...


4 Green Education Conversation Starters

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—Do you know people with college-bound kids? If so, then you know that one obsession revolves around the higher education process. ACT scores, their kids' chance of getting into their first-choice school, and the grand college tour ...


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