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A Closer Look at the March 2011 Consumer Sentiment Report

RISMEDIA, March 16, 2011—(MCT)—U.S. consumer sentiment declined in March 2011 at the fastest pace since the financial crisis began in 2008, according to survey results released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan. ...


Company Spotlight: Realty Executives International: A Story of Entrepreneurs

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2011—Realty Executives shook up the real estate industry with the invention of the 100% Commission Concept nearly five decades ago, a business model still employed by real estate companies worldwide. The company continues to reinvent itself and ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #8 – Buy Proximity

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2011—So many would-be investors are intimidated by being a landlord. Buying an investment  in your neighborhood is one, great way to mitigate the intimidation factor. Managing two properties right near each other (the one you live in and the one you invest in) is like not being ...


Weekly Video Tip: The Devil Is in the Details

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2011—Today’s one-touch video cameras make shooting look easy. Just point, push the button and everything’s coming up roses…right? Well, if you haven’t already, you’re about to discover that the devil is in the details. Here are a few details you should pay attention to while shooting your ...


Americans Overwhelmed by Household Goods Race Changing Their Definition of Happiness

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2011—(MCT)—Maybe it's the economy, or maybe it's the need to feel neat and cleansed. Maybe it's TV shows such as "Hoarders," where the accumulation of household goods gets trashy and downright embarrassing. ...


Selling Your Home in Today’s Market? Focus on the Overlooked

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—(MCT)—Taniya Nayak of "Designed to Sell" fame is sharing her secrets, tips and behind-the-scenes tales for home sellers who are looking to get their home sold in today’s market. ...


FHFA Extends Refinance Program

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2011—Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco has announced an extension of the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), a refinancing program administered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to June 30, 2012. The program was set to expire on June 30 of this year. In ...


Onboard Informatics Launches Lifestyle Search Widget

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2011—Onboard Informatics, a data and technology service provider to top-tier real estate, media and technology companies, has launched a widget extension of its “Lifestyle Search Engine.” Lifestyle Search, an innovative home search tool that helps real estate brands create a unique and comprehensive search experience on ...


Optimistic Outlook for Multifamily Development, NAHB Indices Show

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Two quarterly indices produced by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicate a return to healthy market conditions for both new and existing apartment and condominium buildings. ...


Americans Confident in Recovery of Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—The majority of America’s potential homebuyers and sellers—68 percent—believe that the real estate market and property values will recover in the next year or two, according to a survey released recently by Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services, Inc., a Prudential Financial, Inc. [NYSE:PRU] company. ...


New CRS Course Focuses on Buyer Side of Distressed Properties

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Far too many REALTORS® avoid the distressed property market—which includes foreclosures and short sales—because they do not have the necessary skills, strategies or information they need to guide their buyer clients through one of these transactions successfully. ...


Unhealthy Homes Pose Real Danger to Millions of Families

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Millions of U.S. families face health and safety hazards like mold, lead, pest infestation and the physical deterioration of their homes. These problems are particularly common among some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: children, seniors, the ...


Bank of America Launches Loan Modifications for Military Homeowners

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—(MCT)—Bank of America Corp. recently announced a mortgage modification program for military customers, including principal forgiveness for some struggling borrowers. The Charlotte bank said the program assists military members who are leaving active duty and having trouble making their mortgage payments. ...


Mergers & Acquisitions 101

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Not all mergers and acquisitions are the same, however, they all need to be very organized and focused. In order to create a win-win situation for everyone involved, the buyer needs to pay attention to the seller’s needs and all the parties involved need to be protected ...


Households Cut Debt at Slower Pace

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—(MCT)—U.S. households reduced debt in the fourth quarter of 2010 for the 11th straight period but at the slowest pace since the third quarter of 2008, the Federal Reserve recently reported. ...