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Real Estate News Archive


Reaction Overflows to Fed’s New Mortgage Rules

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—(MCT)—Federal regulators recently asked for public comment by June 10, 2011 on their proposal to require lenders that package mortgages for the secondary market to assume some of the risk of those loans. The regulators didn't need to ask, however, as there has been no lack of ...


NAHREP: Proposed QRM Regulation Will Impact Minority Homebuyers’ Ability to Get Affordable Mortgages

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has recently raised concerns about the proposed regulation by Federal financial regulators that would require a minimum 20 percent down payment for “qualified residential mortgages” (QRMs) that are exempt from mortgage-backed securities risk-retention rules. The 18,000-member trade association ...


Luxury Portfolio Recognizes Market Improvements with Increase in New Members

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—Luxury Portfolio International™, the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, has announced six new brokerage members and four new developments to its’ luxury brand during the first quarter of 2011. The positive signs indicated by the program growth show a commitment to high-end ...


New Survey Reports Most Americans Opposed to Homeowners Walking Away from Mortgages

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—While many homeowners continue to wrestle with the fallout of the housing crisis, a majority of Americans say that simply walking away from a mortgage shouldn't be an option for homeowners, according to a new survey by FindLaw.com, a legal information website. ...


Relocation Service Departments: Ideally Suited to Provide Corporate B2B Services

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—Many relocation services departments within real estate brokerages are considering alternative activities as fewer transfers affect traditional services. Less mobility activity doesn’t eliminate the need for corporate services, but may call for new approaches to support B2B ...


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

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: boost your ads with 1,000’s of ready-to-use samples; help protect yourself from identity theft with IdentitySecure; and REALTOR® Magazine is seeking candidates for the 2011 Good Neighbor Awards. ...


NAR Study Finds Americans Prefer Smart-Growth Communities

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, with 56% of respondents preferring smart growth neighborhoods over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation. That's according to a recent study, the Community Preference Survey, by the National ...


Grow Your Referral Business with Exceptional Customer Service

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—While growing your real estate business may be a daunting task in today’s real estate market, it is important that real estate professionals take advantage of referrals that come from past clients. Here, Lisa Monti, director of REALTOR® Sales, Stewart Title Company discusses how exceptional customer service ...


REISA Symposium Offers Insight into FINRA Regulations

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—The Real Estate Investment Securities Association (REISA) recently hosted its 2011 Spring Symposium, which drew more than 400 attendees to hear the latest FINRA updates. More than 400 industry professionals, including 100 broker-dealer and RIA companies attended the 2011 Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Irvine in Southern ...


Rhett Damon, Chris Dietz Assume Management Roles at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—Rhett Damon has joined the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World management team as Director of Strategic Development, while Chris Dietz has been brought on board for a newly-created position as European Director of Operations, the company has announced. ...


C.A.R. Joins with Fannie Mae to Launch Program to Help Expedite Short Sales

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) announced that it has partnered with Fannie Mae on an initiative designed to help REALTORS® quickly resolve issues that may arise after a short sale offer is made on a Fannie Mae-backed loan. ...


Can You Trust Your Geek? 4 Tips to Successfully Choosing a Vendor to Power Your Mobile Solution

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011—First, let me start off by saying I am a hybrid geek and proud of it. And in this day and age, with computers, tablets and phones changing as fast as they do, who doesn’t want to ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #11 – Taking Profits

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011– Fast forward to the end of your investment strategy. There are different ways to take the profits, all of them good! ...


Video Tips: Kodak PlayTouch Review

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011—Kodak’s new PlayTouch camcorder makes an ideal pocket-size companion for today’s real estate professional. Whether you’re recording a home video tour, a client testimonial or a quick look around the neighborhood, the PlayTouch offers a host of features to make the job quick and convenient. ...


Rulemaking Could Crimp the American Dream: Broad Homeownership on the Line in Washington This Week

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011—Recently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation became the first of six government agencies to adopt for public comment a proposed rule concerning risk retention on mortgage-backed securities, as required by section 941 of the Dodd Frank Act. ...