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Real Estate News Archive


Five Tips to Make Sure Your Seller Doesn’t Switch Agents

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—In the current real estate market, with home sales slumping like an injured athlete, many sellers are pulling out all the stops to get their homes to sell. One of the most common tactics is to change ...


How to be Positive without being Pollyanna

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—It’s getting really crazy out there. We have officially seen the start of a race to the bottom among economists, statisticians and spokespeople who are all trying to win the award for Chicken Little of the Year. ...


ERA Japan Honored on Its 30th Anniversary as First International Member of the ERA Franchise Network

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—ERA Franchise Systems LLC recently honored ERA Japan, its first international master franchisee, on the occasion of the company’s 30th anniversary with the global real estate franchise network. In June 1981, ERA became the first real estate franchise network in the United States to expand internationally with ...


Helping REALTORS®, Helping Clients

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—In today’s world of real estate, many of the industry’s on-the-go professionals require tools and programs that are not only smart and comprehensive, but flexible to their needs as well. Forward-thinking, technology-savvy REALTORS® can benefit from the assistance of these time-saving tools as they work toward efficiently ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—Mortgage applications decreased 2.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 24, 2011. ...


Five Real Estate Trends to Watch For: Real Estate Veteran Points out Key Growth Opportunities

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—If the housing market were human, it would look like it just wrestled a few alligators, after running an obstacle course through a snake pit. ...


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 ...


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