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HUD Secretary Announces Disaster Assistance for Tennessee Storm Victims

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Tennessee and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds last month. ...


Reology Donates Millions to Charities

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2011—Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, has reported that $5.3 million was donated to numerous charities in 2010 due to the fundraising efforts by Realogy employees and independent sales associates as well as members of Realogy’s real estate franchise brand networks. ...


Homeowners Ignore Advice to Use ‘Complicated’ Good Faith Estimate as Mortgage Shopping Tool

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2011—Men and women may indulge in the joys of shopping, but when it comes to financing the biggest purchase of their lives, neither is a shop-a-holic. That's because, according to a new survey from ING DIRECT USA, 56 percent of people buying a home do not use ...


Realtors Property Resource Announces 500,000 REALTORS Milestone

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2011—REALTORS® Property Resource™ (RPR), a subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, has reached the significant milestone of enrolling over 500,000 REALTORS®; from more than 274 MLSs across the country. With the latest addition of executed ...


NAR Modifies Popular Green Designation Program to Focus on Residential Real Estate Practice

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2011—"NAR research has consistently shown that there is a considerable and growing market for green buildings, and many of today's consumers want homes and communities that are more resource efficient and sensitive to the larger environment," says ...


REALTORS Seize the Day at Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2011—Now is the time for REALTORS ® to come to the aid of their industry, on behalf of the nation’s 75 million home owners, aspiring home owners, real estate investors, and the nation’s economy. That was the message delivered recently during “59 and ½ Minutes: A Member-Director ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: How You Can End the Habit of Procrastination for Good

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—As a business coach for real estate professionals for the last 14 plus years, I often hear the same question from my clients: "How do I stop procrastinating and do what I need to do to pick ...


How Strategic Partnerships Can Help You Grow Your Real Estate Business

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Increasing real estate sales in today’s market takes a business model that includes strategic partnerships, according to Dan Carrillo, managing partner of the Gonzales Group. Carrillo, a 30-year industry veteran and an expert in the multicultural real estate market, will offer tips and insights on strategic partnerships ...


Housing Finance Market Reform Must Ensure Mortgage Affordability

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Reforms to America's housing finance market must ensure a reliable source of affordable mortgage lending for creditworthy consumers. That's according to REALTORS® and other industry insiders who examined the federal government's future role in the secondary mortgage market at the "Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac: Obama Options ...


New Data from NAHB Breaks down Housing Affordability by Race/Ethnicity

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—According to new data released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), stark contrasts exist in housing affordability between major races and ethnic groups across the United States. The NAHB’s quarterly index, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), which measures housing affordability in metropolitan areas ...


Regional Spotlight: Diane Turton to Speak at Hunterdon Chamber 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—The Women’s Business Forum of Hunterdon County, NJ, is hosting its second annual Women’s Leadership Summit on Tuesday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grand Colonial in Perryville, NJ. This informative conference, titled “Transitions and Transformations,” features professional keynote speakers and panelists who ...


Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey Shows Uptick in Consumer Attitudes

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Fannie Mae's latest national housing survey finds that Americans expressed more cautious optimism during the first quarter of 2011 than in the fourth quarter of 2010, but they continue to lack confidence in the overall strength of the housing market and economic recovery. The First-Quarter 2011 Fannie ...


Mortgage Applications Increase 8 Percent in Early May, Says MBA

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Mortgage applications increased 8.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 6, 2011. ...


New FTC Rule Impacts REALTORS’ Short Sale Business

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—A new rule from the Federal Trade Commission that aims to protect home owners from mortgage relief scams may impact real estate professionals who represent clients involved in short sale transactions. Several hundred REALTORS® learned more about the new rule and its impact on their business at ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: ‘Growing Your Business in Tough Times: Shifting Strategy is Key’

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011—As brokers, most of us have reined in spending over the last couple of years—pared travel expenses, consolidated office space, out-sourced some basic services. We’ve been doing what it takes to stay afloat in a down market aggravated by what seems like a prolonged poor economy. But ...


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