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Home Buyers Shun ‘Fixer-Uppers’

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—(MCT)—In the overheated housing market of five years ago, buyers often felt they had to accept homes in woeful condition. But these days, most look at "as-is" properties and say, "No thanks." "I try to stay away from things that need a lot of work," says Michael ...


HUD Awards Millions to Homeless Programs across Country

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded more than $216 million to nearly 700 new homeless programs across the country. The grants announced today are $26 million more than last year’s grants and, combined with renewal funding announced earlier this year, represents the most ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Inch Lower

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—Mortgage rates remained below the 5 percent mark, with the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching lower to 4.95 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.37 discount and origination points. ...


Terabitz Launches Tool to Help Brokerages/Agents Deliver a Better Consumer Experience

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—Real estate brokerage technology provider Terabitz, announced the launch of "5 Minute Property Site" today. The easy to use tool is designed to give brokerages and agents one more way to showcase their listings while engaging consumers. ...


How to Draw Huge Traffic with a Website Party

RISMEDIA, April 30, 2011—As a real estate professional you know that you must have a website. There are many options for creating a website, such as a company sponsored site, a custom website, or a real estate website template with ...


USDA Kicks Off National Moving Month with Campaign to Stop the Spread of the Invasive Gypsy Moth

RISMEDIA, April 30, 2011—May is National Moving Month, and if you are one of the estimated 40 million people who move in a given year, there is one more critical thing you can do before closing the moving-van door. Don't make a move until you check for the gypsy moth. ...


First Comes Love, then Comes Marriage, then Comes a Home for the Royal Couple?

RISMEDIA, April 30, 2011—Everyone is buzzing about the Royal Wedding—it’s hard not to miss all the news and rumors circulating around Kate Middleton and Prince William’s nuptials. According to a recent report, the Royal couple will be sharing a suite at Clarence House with Harry after returning from their honeymoon, ...


How to Use Your Sphere of Influence to Double Your Income

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—I find that many of my clients avoid marketing when it comes to their sphere of influence. Yet statistics show that your sphere of influence can be the greatest source of referrals. Let’s look at how you ...


Pending Home Sales Rise Again

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—March saw another increase in pending home sales, with contract activity rising unevenly in six of the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 5.1 percent to 94.1 in March from ...


HUD Awards $23 Million to 22 Local HIV/AIDS Housing Programs

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that more than a thousand extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of $23 million in grants. During each of the next three years, this HUD funding will help ...


Study Examines the Impact of Homebuyer Education and Counseling on Mortgage Performance

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—Potential homeowners who participate in pre-purchase education and counseling programs may be more likely to pay their mortgages on time, although the evidence on this point is not consistent and compelling, according to a study released today ...


Cost Burdens to Rise for Renters

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—(MCT)—About one-fourth of renters nationally, or 10.1 million households, spend more than half their pretax income on rent and utilities, and that cost burden may grow. ...


Consumer Confidence Rises in April

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—(MCT)—Consumer confidence recovered somewhat in April, though the impact of a spike in gasoline prices is still evident, according to data released Tuesday by the Conference Board. ...


The Shifting Landscape of Real Estate: How to Position Yourself to Succeed

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—There was a time not too long ago when the main demographic target of any real estate agent was the generation of Baby Boomers. This was a generation that valued the American dream of owning a home, ...


Buyers without Boundaries

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—One in every 13 people on this earth is a Facebook user. Google is the No.1 search site with YouTube immediately following in the No. 2 position and Facebook is not far behind at No. 3. But did you know that 70 percent of those Facebook users ...


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