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LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse Reports Rates Continue to Fall

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—Average mortgage rates fell week-over-week according to the LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse, which tracks the lowest and average mortgage rates offered by lenders on the LendingTree network. ...


Zillow Launches Zillow Mortgage Marketplace iPhone App

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—Zillow, a leader in mobile real estate, recently launched the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace iPhone App, bringing the innovative loan shopping experience of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace to mobile. ...


Advanced Education and Professional Certifications

RISMedia, June 9, 2011—With financial institutions tightening lending standards and requiring more from home buyers, consumers are asking more from their agents than ever before. And in response, many agents and brokers are pursuing advanced education and professional certifications to ...


High Gas Prices Push Homebuyers to Go Green

RISMedia, June 9, 2011—In cities like Los Angeles, where the car is king, the thought of commuters leaving their automobiles behind and opting for public transportation once seemed unimaginable. But CBS Evening News recently reported that Los Angeles commuter rail ...


Fannie Mae Issues Servicing Standards for Delinquent Mortgages

RISMedia, June 9, 2011—Fannie Mae recently issued new standards for mortgage servicers regarding the management of delinquent loans, default prevention and foreclosure time frames under the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Servicing Alignment Initiative. The new standards, reinforced by new incentives and compensatory fees, require servicers to take a more consistent ...


HUD Announces $3.6 Million Available to Help Communities Plan for Next Generation of Neighborhood Revitalization

RISMedia, June 9, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced recently that $3.6 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants will be awarded in fiscal year 2011 to assist in the transformation, rehabilitation and preservation of public housing and privately owned HUD-assisted housing. ...


Working On-the-Go: Achieving Success with the Lowe’s Program for REALTORS® Mobile App

RISMedia, June 9, 2011—In an industry reliant on progressive communication and efficiency, it is no secret that agents and brokers should utilize the best and latest technologies to set themselves up for success. With help from the Lowe’s Program for REALTORS®, members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) are ...


Xplode Orlando to provide Free Mobile Marketing Packaged Solution to All Attendees

RISMEDIA, June 9, 2011—Mobile Real Estate ID heads to Orlando this week to speak about how mobile solutions are enhancing the real estate industry, the company has announced. The Xplode Real Estate Technology Conference boasts to give $45,000 in mobile marketing solutions to event attendees. Mobile Real Estate, a New ...


Market Snapshot: A Ray of Sunshine in the Northeast

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—At a time when new home construction in the Northeastern region of the United States has dropped by more than half since 2007, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there is at least one ...


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

RISMedia, June 8, 2011— This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: free samples of a customized brochure from NAR’s Print On Demand Service, purchase a select Dell PC and receive a free XBOX360 4GB, and volunteering works announces winners. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


HUD Provides $15 Million in Rental Assistance to Help Nearly 2,000 Families Stay Together

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—In 2009, an estimated 423,773 children lived in foster care in the U.S., as case workers helped to reunite them with their families or primary caregivers. Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced nearly $15 million to help public housing authorities reunite foster ...


Freddie Mac Announces Structured Pass-Through Certificates Backed only by 7-Year Multifamily Mortgages

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) announced recently its second offering of Structured Pass-Through Certificates ("K Certificates") backed only by multifamily mortgages with a 7-year term. The company expects to offer approximately $1.0 billion in K Certificates ("K-702 Certificates"), which are expected to price the week of June 6, ...


‘Catfish’ Recovery Out-Swims Case-Shiller

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—New listing prices, which lead transactions by three to six months, are already up 8.7 percentage points over the March trough, an indication that sellers are pricing more confidently, says Scott Sambucci, vice president of market analytics ...


Prudential Northwest Properties Recognized for Excellence by SIRVA

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—Prudential Northwest Properties President Bert Waugh, Jr., announces the company’s Relocation Division has received the SIRVA Preferred Broker Network’s “Best Partner” Award for 2010 performance. The award was announced during the 2011 National Employee Relocation Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


MRIS Announces Alliance with ShowingTime

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—ShowingTime, one of the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology providers, announced recently that Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS)—the largest MLS in the nation with 45,000 customers—has selected ShowingAssist to help customers manage showings directly through the MLS. The system is planned for implementation in the ...


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