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Real Estate News Archive


Checking Your Sump Pump This Spring Can Help Avoid Costly Basement Flooding

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—As winter gives way to spring, the threat of water flooding your basement substantially increases. ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Prudential Northwest Realty Associates

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—From RISMedia’s March issue of Real Estate magazine, Barbara Pronin interviews Mike Gain, CEO of Prudential Northwest Realty Associates, and member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) about his company’s success in the marketplace. ...


Florida Prudential Companies Continue Aggressive Growth Strategy

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—Local Florida Prudential real estate companies Prudential Palms Realty, a member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) and Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty recently announced the acquisition of Hunt/Realty Express on Main Street in downtown Sarasota. ...


Update on First Time Homebuyer Credit and Tax Refunds

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—The IRS recently released information on processing issues that are impacting a small percentage of tax returns involving repayment of the First Time Homebuyer Credit (FTHB), primarily involving 2008 home purchases. While most of these returns are ...


Vacation Home Sales Surge Higher

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—In a sign that the housing market is finally making a major move in a positive direction, vacation home markets—some of the most battered in the real estate downturn—are making a surge higher in many of the hardest hit areas of the nation. Condominium sales in Hawaii ...


5 Good Reasons to Use QR Codes

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—Ain’t no stopping them now—QR codes are on the move! The buzz about these mythical images has grown to the point that they are on everyone’s mind, especially as this year’s marketing plans begin to go into action. Inevitably, they have fallen under the mobile category, as ...


Regional Spotlight: Fannie Mae’s South Florida Mortgage Help Center Celebrates One Year of Helping Area Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Regional Spotlight: RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—Recently Fannie Mae and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) celebrated the one-year anniversary of Fannie Mae's South Florida Mortgage Help Center. Since opening its doors in March 2010, the South Florida Mortgage Help Center has reached out to more than 5,000 South ...


Distressed Homeowners’ Top Priorities: Food Assistance and Help with Heating Costs

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—As the economic downturn continues, more homeowners lagging on their mortgage payments are looking for help with basic needs. These are the findings of MortgageKeeper Referral Services, Inc., the developer of a unique database that connects users with more than 6,000 qualified nonprofit and government agencies. ...


Fillmore Real Estate Announces Charles Olson as COO

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—Fillmore Real Estate announces that Charles Olson has joined its management team in the role of Chief Operations Officer. Olson worked for two of the largest real estate companies in New York City, where he earned numerous awards implementing technology in innovative ways. His ability in solving ...


Video: A Game-Changer for Online Marketing in Real Estate

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—The medium of video has become a dominating force on the Web since its advent in 2005. Just six years ago, YouTube changed the face of Internet marketing as we know it, persuading industries to adapt to a powerful tool that could help them grow their businesses. ...


Consumers Agree – It’s A Good Time to Buy Real Estate

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—According to the latest Spending and Saving Tracker from American Express, more than two in five (41 percent) of Americans said that it’s a buyer’s market for real estate. However, over 61 percent agree that a seller’s ...


Anticipating a Spring Thaw

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—In the world of real estate, the going has been tough—and we have been going. These are the most challenging economic times that most of us have ever known. This has been a cold, long, and bitter economic winter in real estate. There are, however, hints of ...


Treasury to Begin Orderly Wind Down of Its $142 Billion Mortgage-Backed Securities Portfolio

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—Recently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it will begin the orderly wind down of its remaining portfolio of $142 billion in agency-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Starting this month, the Treasury plans to sell up to $10 billion in agency-guaranteed MBS per month, subject to ...


Lead Paint Hazards and Older Windows: March 20-26 National Poison Prevention Week

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—If your home was built before 1978 and you still have the original windows, it's time to seriously consider replacing them—especially if members of your household include young children or someone who is pregnant. ...


Delinquencies Fell Faster in January

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—The delinquency rate on mortgages 30 days or more past due fell by more last month than it has in nearly a year, according to Lender Processor Services’ Mortgage Monitor report. ...