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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. ...


Third-Generation Brokerage Balances Impressive Growth with Commitment to the Community

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—ERA Real Estate, an innovative franchising leader in the residential real estate industry, has named RREIN member ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. in Leesburg, Fla., as the winner of its prestigious Gene Francis Memorial Award, a national award presented by ERA Franchise Systems LLC to its "Top All-Around ...


Realty Executives International Sees Significant Franchise Growth in the First Quarter of 2011

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—Realty Executives International, Inc. has awarded franchising rights to 12 new franchisees in North America year-to-date in 2011. New franchise locations include those added in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. In the United States new franchise locations can be found in Florida, Tennessee, California, Missouri ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hover at 5.00 Percent for Second Consecutive Week

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—Average mortgage rates held steady week-over-week according to the LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse, which tracks the lowest and average home loan rates offered by lenders on the LendingTree network. ...


RISMedia Revamps Time-honored Annual Conference for Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2011—This May, hundreds of the industry’s top practitioners and visionaries will gather for RISMedia’s 23rd annual educational and networking event, Achieve!, Real Estate’s Innovation & Opportunity Conference. Formerly known as The Leadership Conference, RISMedia’s ...


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