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Real Estate News Archive


Demographic Shifts Shaping Future of the Housing Market

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—With the great recession driving unemployment, foreclosures and vacancy rates to historic highs, the housing market has certainly been on one wild ride the last few years. ...


2010 Home Sales Had Biggest Rebound in Chicago Suburbs, Reports RE/MAX

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—Home sales in the metro Chicago real estate market turned in their strongest 2010 performance in the north suburbs and Kane County, according to an analysis by the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network of transaction data from MRED, LLC, the regional multiple listing service. ...


The Great Debate: What to Do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—(MCT)—What role should government play in housing finance? A struggle over that $5 trillion dollar question, which divides Democrats from Republicans, will begin Wednesday when a subcommittee of the GOP-controlled House of Representatives considers the fate of mortgage-finance titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. ...


Company Spotlight: A Key Decision – SentriLock and Showing Suite Integrate Systems

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—SentriLock, a top-rated provider of electronic lockbox systems to the residential real estate industry, and Showing Suite, makers of Homefeedback.com, have integrated systems to better serve their mutual customers. ...


Poll Finds New Incentives Needed to Persuade Americans to Make Their Homes More Energy-Efficient

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—A recently released national poll finds that new incentives will be needed to persuade Americans to make energy-efficient improvements to their homes. ...


The Truth about QR Codes

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—Unless you have been on a hiatus since the NAR Conference in New Orleans last November, spending all the money you made selling real estate on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed small, square codes popping ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #3

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Go Global with REALTOR.com

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—With international transactions representing a growing share (7%) of the U.S. residential market, REALTOR.com, the nation’s No. 1 homes-for-sale website, is going global. Last year, $66 billion in U.S. residential real estate was sold to foreign buyers and recent immigrants from 53 countries. And over the last ...


Fannie Mae and Its Lenders Financed Approximately 17 Billion Dollars in 2010, Ensuring Reliable, Sustainable Liquidity to the Multifamily Rental Housing Market

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—Fannie Mae, a leading source of multifamily mortgage financing for workforce rental housing announced that in 2010, the company, in conjunction with its lender and housing partners, provided $16.9 billion in debt financing for the rental housing market, through approximately 2,300 multifamily mortgage loans for 306,000 rental ...


5 Questions to Ask When Booking a Vacation Rental

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—From Pittsburg to Green Bay and beyond, the word is out: vacation rentals offer a travel lifestyle unlike any other, providing unmatched space, amenities, services and privacy. In fact, the customizable vacation possibilities are endless, according to experts from Discover Vacation Homes, a resource for vacation rental ...


EXIT Realty Identifies DotLoop as Approved Supplier of Paperless Transactions to Agents and Brokers

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—DotLoop, a trusted source for sharing and signing documents online announced its partnership with EXIT Realty Corp. International. As an EXIT Approved Supplier, DotLoop will provide one collaborative paperless platform that connects real estate agents to other agents, streamlining the process of buying and selling real estate. ...


Jobless Rate Drops to 9 Percent in January 2010

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—(MCT)—America's economy continued to improve in January 2010, the latest government jobs report confirmed, even though the details were somewhat contradictory and confusing. ...


Survey: One-Stop Shopping Still Going Strong

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Harris Interactive partnered again to conduct a public opinion study of consumer preferences when it comes to real estate services to see if home buyers’ perceptions have changed given the ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Coordination and Integration

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—When I first graduated college and worked in the financial services industry, one of the best terms I ever heard was "coordination and integration." We used the term to describe how our financial instruments would work in conjunction with one another for the benefit of the client's ...


Tips to Keep in Mind If You’re Thinking about becoming a Real Estate Investor

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—With homeownership dropping and rental vacancy rates rising, it is clear many Americans are looking to make a change to renting instead of owning their home. Currently, homeownership levels are at 66.5%, the lowest they've been since ...