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Real Estate News Archive


February Housing Scorecard Shows Increase in Existing Home Sales as Home Affordability Remains High

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the February 2011 edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard. The latest housing figures show increased existing home sales as ...


Mortgage Deduction under Renewed Scrutiny

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—(MCT)—There's a hallowed rule in U.S. housing policy: If you own a home, you get a tax deduction on your mortgage interest. But there's also a growing push to sacrifice this sacred cow, and the reasons are disparate. Some people argue that the policy should be changed ...


Short Sales and Mortgage Insurance

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—In my previous two articles, I discussed the role of mortgage insurers (MIs) in relation to short sales and answered some of the key questions my company, Radian Guaranty, receives about this type of sale. ...


HUD Awards Nearly $8 Million for Asthma Intervention and to Protect Children from Health Hazards

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $7.8 million in grants to 14 local projects in nine states to conduct a wide range of activities such as research on the cost effectiveness of home-based interventions for children with asthma and novel strategies for reducing ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Wonderfully Maintained Home Offers Something for Everyone

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—This wonderfully maintained four-bedroom home is being listed by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RRIEN) Member Coldwell Banker First Realty. ...


DotLoop’s Collaborative Workspace Aims to Help Maryland Real Estate Agents Close More Deals

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—After partnering with Keller Williams Realty Inc. in January, DotLoop, a collaborative workspace for real estate professionals, began its nationwide expansion to help agents close more transactions from coast to coast. Effective March 3, DotLoop’s expansion reaches agents and brokers throughout Maryland, introducing them to the place ...


RealtyTrac Releases New Foreclosure Search Widget for Real Estate Agents and Brokers

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, announced the launch of a new foreclosure search widget for real estate agents and brokers, allowing them to easily insert a fully functional nationwide foreclosure property search to their websites. The new product will help agents drive more traffic ...


HomeAway Unveils New Vacation Rental Community Site

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—HomeAway, Inc., a leading network of online vacation rentals, introduced Community from HomeAway, a site for vacation rental owners and managers to share expertise and opinions, and access blogs and resources to optimize their vacation rental businesses. The new site represents an enhanced version of the “Owner ...


6 REALTOR® Associations Launch Point2 Listing Syndication Program

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—Point2 announced six new listing syndication and co-marketing program implementations that will enable 4,400 REALTORS® representing 22,000 listings in six states to leverage Point2's real estate syndication network of more than 50 popular real estate consumer websites and search engines, at no added cost to them. ...


Credit Quality a Mixed Bag: 3 Tips for Securing Rental Tenants

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—Everyone knows that The Great Recession has taken its toll on the housing market. Foreclosures have been at historical highs and we have all heard the personal and devastating stories of displaced homeowners. But there is a ...


Was Bailout Not as Costly as Previously Estimated?

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—(MCT)—Almost three years after a series of government bailouts began, what many feared would be a deep black hole for taxpayer money isn't looking nearly so dark. The brighter picture is highlighted by the outlook for the bailouts' centerpiece—the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. "It's turning ...


5 Easy Ways to Integrate Video into Your Marketing Efforts

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—Real estate professionals know that success is, in part, driven by how well they can create a connection. One way to do that is to integrate video into your marketing campaign. With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to capture great video. What previously required a ...


What Does the Manager of the Future Look Like?

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—You have 10 offices; you don’t have an exit strategy; the average age of your managers is 55 and the average age of your agents is 50. You have a lot of reinventing to do over the next few years in order to survive and put yourself ...


Declutter Your Home to Help Ease Stress and Simplify Life

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—(MCT)—Inside many of us lurks a pack rat—at least a little one, anyway. Even inside Deniece Schofield. Schofield is a nationally known organizing expert who teaches people how to get their clutter under control through her books, magazine articles, TV appearances and seminars. ...


American Home Shield Expands $1.2 Million Quality Bonus Program for Contractors for 2011

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011—While awaiting the official release of the 2010 Contractor Quality Bonus standings, thousands of contractors in the American Home Shield network can get a jumpstart on earning their share of the $1.2 million available in bonuses for quality performance in 2011, the company reports. ...