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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands to Luxury, Urban and Commercial Markets with Creation of Three New Brand Tiers

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC (BHGRE) unveiled its new brand extension strategy to its network of brokers and agents at Fusion 2011, one of the real estate franchise system’s first national brand conferences. Designed to position the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate brand to ...


HUD and VA Issue First-Ever Report on Veteran Homelessness in America

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the most authoritative analysis of the extent and nature of homelessness among American veterans. According to HUD and VA’s assessment, nearly 76,000 veterans were ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 1 Percent in January 2011, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for January 2011, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 261,333 U.S. properties in January, a 1% increase from the previous month, but a 17% decrease from January ...


5 Tips to Reel in Renters with Social Media

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—It’s a good time to buy, but not everyone in every market is doing it. As home prices are rising again in some areas like San Francisco, Manhattan and some parts of Southern California ...


The Truth about Application Programming Interfaces and Which Will Make the Greatest Impact to Your Bottom Line

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—Facebook, Twitter, Zillow, Onboard Informatics, Foursquare, The Weather Channel: they may be an unlikely pairing of organizations, but all of these entities can impact your business through application programming interfaces (APIs). Why should you care what an API can do for your website or how should you ...


Tax Credit Hangover Continues as Home Values Drop, Negative Equity Rises in Fourth Quarter 2010

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—Home values in the United States posted their largest quarterly decline since the first quarter of 2009, falling 2.6% as the temporary stimulus of the home buyer tax credits wore off, according to Zillow's fourth quarter Real Estate Market Reports. The Zillow Home Value Index declined 5.9% ...


The Next 3-5 Minutes

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—I recently attended a phenomenal real estate conference at which the following question was posed to the mobile panelists: “What do you see happening over the next three years in mobile?” The witty panelist replied, “The next three years? We are waiting to see what happens in ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Promotes Wendy Forsythe to Senior Vice President of Network Services

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced that Wendy Forsythe has been promoted to senior vice president of network services. Forsythe will continue to lead the teams responsible for providing products, tools and services to the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate network of more than ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease as Rates Jump

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 4, 2011. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 5.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index ...


‘Significant Success amid Challenges’: RE/MAX Celebrating 38 Years

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—“It’s been an exhilarating ride, through the ups and downs of every type of market imaginable,” said RE/MAX Chairman Dave Liniger, who pioneered the maximum commission concept when he opened his first RE/MAX office in 1973, forever ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: customize and print NAR’s updated consumer brochure “Why Rent When You Can Buy!;” educational opportunities available from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program; and REALTORS® praise FHFA. ...


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. ...


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