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Fannie Mae Expands Incentives for HomePath Properties

RISMedia, June 16,2011— Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced the expansion of incentives to encourage sales of HomePath REO properties to owner occupants. Now through October 31, qualified buyers and selling agents can receive financial incentives on sales of HomePath properties, which can be found at www.homepath.com. The incentives are ...


Regional Spotlight: Real Estate Listing Takes Open House Concept to New Heights

June 16, 2011—As the real estate industry continues its ascent toward recovery, real estate agents continue to find interesting ways to market their listings. Brad Osterbauer with RE/MAX Advantage Plus is doing just that. Osterbauer is hosting a fly-in open house this weekend, Saturday, June 18, for a Lester ...


NRP Group Recognized with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award

RISMedia, June 16,2011— The NRP Group announces that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution NRP contractors have made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by earning more than 75 Energy ...


More Than 100 NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers Now Open

RISMedia, June 16,2011— Recently, NeighborWorks®America announced that more than 100 NeighborWorks®HomeOwnership Centers have opened their doors in more than 100 communities across the nation. NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers help low- and moderate-income families achieve homeownership the NeighborWorks way: ...


Four Real Estate Associations Raise Online Property Data Quality Benchmark with ‘MLS Certified’ Program by Point2

RISMedia, June 16,2011—Point2, a leader in Web-based real estate marketing and listing syndication solutions recently announced that four additional current MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and Association clients have adopted the MLS Certified™ program. They are: San Diego County’s Regional Multiple Listing Service (SANDICOR), RealTracs Solutions Inc.’s Middle Tennessee MLS, Van ...


Improving the Consumer Experience Is Key for Expanding Market Share and Profitability

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The current state of the real estate industry is contingent upon an improved consumer experience, according to experts and panelists, including several members of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), at RISMedia's 2011 Achieve! Conference held in ...


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

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: learn how to leverage 65 billion page visits with “Facebook Marketing for Dummies” from the REALTOR.org Store, REALTORS® Core Health Insurance locks their low rates for the second straight year, and REALTORS® support legislation for GSE reform. ...


May Home Prices Spring Back

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—Home sales prices continued a downward trend in May, but only half as far, and half as fast as in April. Clear Capital’s Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report found that national quarter-over-quarter home price declines (-2.3 percent) were reduced by half from last month’s report, helped ...


Homeownership Dream Deserves Protection

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The homeownership rate dropped to 66.4 percent in April 2011, the lowest it’s been since 1998, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some would argue this means owning a home is not as important to Americans as ...


HUD Awards $31 Million to Promote Jobs and Self-Sufficiency for Public Housing Residents

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded more than $31 million in grants to public housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations across the U.S. to help public housing residents connect to services available in the community to find employment to increase ...


RE/MAX Launches Video and Virtual Tours on Its Mobile Real Estate Search

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—RE/MAX Northern Illinois, an independently owned and privately held RE/MAX region—which encompasses the top third of the state of Illinois—recently introduced property videos and virtual tours to its popular mobile website, m.illinoisproperty.com. It is one of the first real estate brokerages to incorporate these two ...


Brokers Employ Mobile Websites to Optimize the Consumer Experience

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—Over the course of the last decade, advancements in mobile technology have changed consumer interaction on the Internet. As the advent of the BlackBerry paved the way for the iPhone, the user experience was forever changed. Consumers now had the Web at their fingertips, shifting the ways ...


3 Tips for the First-Time Home Seller

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Today's buyer-take-all bonanza is a boon for fence-sitters and buyers with great credit and deep pockets. But sellers are steeling themselves to new realities that include paying (rather than making) money at the closing table, providing extras ...


Tuning into YouTube

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Officially launched in December 2005, YouTube now has over 500 million subscribers worldwide. YouTube receives more than 2 billion viewers per day and is now the second largest search engine in the world (next to Google). ...


Maintaining a Competitive Edge

RISMedia, June 14, 2011— As the real estate market in the Pacific Northwest continues to thrive, REALTOR® Carrie Foley recently found the balance between doing the work and chasing the work. Previously, Foley had been tipping too far in favor of chasing. To offset this, she went looking for a ...


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