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HUD Awards Nearly $34 Million to Create Education Centers

RISMedia, May 31 2011— The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded 10 public housing authorities nearly $34 million in grants recently that will be used as seed money to create early childhood education and adult training facilities for public housing residents. ...


Regional Spotlight: Oklahoma becomes 30th State to Restrict Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMedia, May 31 2011—Governor Fallin took swift action to protect Oklahoma homeowners by signing HB 1594 to restrict Wall Street Home Resale Fees, also known as “private transfer fees.” The new law sponsored by Representatives Steve Martin, Marion Cooksey and Senator Brian Crain places a ban on these fees, a ...


Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty and Optimum Homes Team Up to Make Real Estate And Community Information Available

RISMedia, May 31 2011—Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Rand Realty announced recently that it has entered into an agreement with Optimum Homes®, a service available to iO TV® Digital Cable and Optimum Online® customers that enables subscribers to research their next home purchase and find thousands of listings for rent ...


Prudential Northwest Properties Merges with Prudential Pacific Properties

RISMedia, May 31 2011—Bert Waugh, Jr., President of Prudential Northwest Properties, Jason Waugh, Chief Operating Officer, and Michael and Miriam Cocciolo, Brokers/Co-Owners of Prudential Pacific Properties in Florence, have announced that the two companies have merged. ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies – Does Your ‘People Pleaser’ Pattern Get in the Way?

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Do you find yourself avoiding certain types of clients? Do you find yourself unable to speak the truth to sellers when their properties are overpriced? If you’re like most real estate professionals, your “people pleaser” pattern ...


Opinion: California Supreme Court Decision Forces Homeowners to Seek Help from U.S Supreme Court

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Recently, the California Supreme Court denied a petition for review from a homeowner who is fighting to keep his property from being taken from him and his family through foreclosure. The Court chose not to review a 4th Appellate District Court decision that upheld the right ...


Housing Affordability Rises to Record Levels

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Nationwide housing affordability during the first quarter of 2011 rose to its highest level in the more than 20 years it has been measured, according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) data ...


The Ultimate Feng Shui Real Estate Guide

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Buyer beware—what appears to be your dream home or a bargain investment may not be the case. Learn why some homes have a propensity for loss of jobs, money or divorce of the occupants. In this convenient guide, readers will learn how to spot and avoid potential ...


The Unique Profile of the Global Buyer

RISMedia, May 27 2011—International buyers are driven to own property for investment purposes, or as a temporary residence while visiting the U.S. for business or pleasure. For the former example, think a European business executive with a co-op in Manhattan, ...


Is Your Team Failing Elegantly? 7 Leadership Mistakes That Wear Away at Your Company’s Will to Win

RISMedia, May 27 2011—No one wants to lose. That’s true whether you’re talking about the Super Bowl, a friendly basketball game with the neighbors, or a footrace between eight-year-olds. Yes, the desire to win is embedded in the human psyche. So why is it that in the business world the ...


HUD Offers $9.1 Million to HIV/AIDS Housing

RISMedia, May 27 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that it is offering up to $9.1 million to address the critical housing needs of low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS, including homeless individuals and families. HUD’s funding notice is offered through the Housing Opportunities for ...


Op-Ed: Impeding Availability of FHA Financing Would Be a Setback for Homebuyers

RISMedia, May 27 2011— At a time when qualified home buyers are experiencing difficulty in obtaining mortgages because of overly restrictive underwriting requirements, the federal government needs to ensure that a reliable and adequate flow of housing credit is available ...


HUNT Mortgage Announces Partnership with Lowe’s

RISMedia, May 27 2011—Buffalo, N.Y.-based HUNT Mortgage announced recently the formation of a new partnership with local Lowe’s home improvement retail outlets to support the housing market by together promoting the “Buy the Before. Live the After.” program—a lending product that allows borrowers to finance repairs into their mortgage to ...


Regional Spotlight: Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty to be Honored by People to People

RISMedia, May 27 2011—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, a member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), will be presented with People to People’s prestigious Corporate Leadership award on June 5 for more than a decade of committed service to the organization. ...


Nearly 75 Percent of Online Generated Real Estate Leads Are Lost

RISMedia, May 27 2011—The real estate industry is generally ignoring or responding too late to capitalize on nearly 75 percent of the web-based leads it invests in generating, according to the results of ongoing secret-shopping study being conducted by PCMS Consulting and One Cavo. ...


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