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Delinquent Mortgages, Updated Framework to Include Servicer Incentives and Penalties

RISMEDIA, May 3, 2011—Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to align their guidelines for servicing delinquent mortgages they own or guarantee. The updated framework will establish uniform servicing requirements as well as monetary incentives for servicers that perform ...


8 Things Every Internet Advertiser Should Know

RISMEDIA, May 3, 2011—Media buyers follow the masses, who are migrating away from traditional print and TV mediums in massive numbers. More people now get their news online than in newspapers. Nielsen found one million fewer U.S. households watching prime time over last year, while the online audience has almost ...


Regional Spotlight: Bay Area Home Sales, Prices Remain Stable

RISMEDIA, May 3, 2011—Home sales in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area continued at a steady pace in the first quarter of 2011 compared with the same period a year ago as homebuyers took advantage of favorable home prices and interest rates, according to an analysis of MLS data issued ...


Why Building a Culture of Trust Will Boost Employee Performance—and Maybe Even Save Your Company

RISMEDIA, May 3, 2011—Do your employees trust you? The brutal truth is probably not. It may not be fair, and you may not want to hear it, but chances are that previous leaders have poisoned the ground on which you’re trying to grow a successful business. Make no mistake: Unless ...


It’s Tax Grievance Season: Learn to Lower Your Property Taxes

RISMEDIA, May 3, 2011—Towns throughout the Hudson Valley, N.Y. have just released their official tax assessment rolls, and Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Rand Realty has published a simple, yet comprehensive guide to educate homeowners on the process of challenging their property tax assessments. ...


South Central Realty Affiliates with Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services

RISMEDIA, May 3, 2011—Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services, Inc., a Prudential Financial, Inc. company, recently announced the affiliation of Coldwell Banker South Central Realty. The company will operate as Prudential Indiana Realty, serving consumers in the Jackson and Bartholomew counties. ...


This Year’s Achieve! Conference Shows You How to Expand Your Marketshare and Profitability

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—RISMedia’s Achieve! – Real Estate’s Innovation & Opportunity Conference—will provide the most innovative educational programs and networking opportunities for brokers and agents. Industry experts Joe Clement, Todd Hetherington and Ed Krafchow are among the leading broker panelists ...


Remodeling Market Index Reaches Highest Level in Four Years

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—According to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI), the remodeling market is heading into recovery with an increase to 46.5 in the first quarter of 2011 from 41.5 in the fourth quarter of 2010. This marks the highest level for the RMI ...


Sponsor Spotlights: Don’t Miss These Industry-Leading Organizations at Achieve! Conference This May

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—Sponsors of RISMedia’s Achieve! – Real Estate’s Innovation & Opportunity Conference—represent the leading companies and organizations in the industry. Each week, we will present a selection of this year’s event sponsors to offer our readers a more in-depth look at these industry leaders that you won’t want ...


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. ...


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