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Real Estate News Archive


Expiring Loan Limits Mean Weaker Housing Demand in the Fall

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—New research from NAHB examines the scope of impact on housing markets from the scheduled October 1, 2011 decrease in the GSE and FHA loan limits. These loan limits determine what types of mortgages may be securitized ...


HUD and EPA Launch Historic Collaborative Effort to Invest in Sustainable Communities

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a historic collaborative effort to build upon current federal investments for regions that support sustainable and livable communities. For the first time ever, HUD and EPA will join forces to competitively ...


Freddie Mac/CUNA Renew Alliance Supporting Mortgage Lending Options for Credit Union Members

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—A comprehensive package of services to help credit unions manage their mortgage business in today's distressed credit markets will remain available through the renewed alliance agreement between CUNA and Freddie Mac (OTC Bulletin Board: FMCC), one of the nation's largest investors in residential mortgages. ...


New Internet TV Show – Northwest Real Estate Forum – Debuts to Guide Real Estate Buyers and Sellers

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—A new Internet TV show called “Northwest Real Estate Forum with Patricia Wangsness” was recently developed to guide residential real estate buyers and sellers to learn about local real estate issues and experts so they can make all the right moves. This initiative is the brainchild of ...


How Some Are Helping Older Homeowners Stay in Their Homes

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—Remodelers trained as Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) can help homeowners adapt their home for easier accessibility and improved functionality, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). ...


Monthly Housing Market Trends Point in a Positive Direction

RISMedia, June 17, 2011— Home sales and prices were both nearly the same as April in the May 2011 RE/MAX National Housing Report when compared to the same time last year. The month-to-month price change has seen a three month trend to the upside, up 3.7% in May, with closed ...


Tough Real Estate Market Inspires Creativity All Around

RISMedia, June 16,2011—(MCT)—The housing market's continuing funk has metro Atlantans using a grab-bag of creative strategies to buy, sell or just tread water so they can make a career move. ...


HUD, VA to Provide Permanent Housing and Case Management to Homeless Veterans

RISMedia, June 16,2011— U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced recently that HUD will provide $5.4 million to public housing authorities in 18 states to supply permanent housing and case management for 676 homeless Veterans in America. This ...


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. ...


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