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Real Estate News Archive


Administration Calls on Congress to Approve Key Housing Measures

RISMEDIA, October 31, 2009—Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan called on Congress to approve three important measures to improve housing and the housing market for Americans: extension of the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit for a limited period, extension of higher loan limits for home mortgages, and secure funding ...


Real Estate Is Local – So Is Leadership

RISMEDIA, October 31, 2009—Getting your clients to understand that real estate is local was one of the more difficult lessons that real estate professionals have had to preach during the recent housing downturn. As the media continually painted a negative picture of the real estate landscape, perspective buyers and sellers took ...


Breaking News: Senate Plans to Extend and Expand Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2009—(MCT/The Wall Street Journal)-The Senate has reached a compromise on extending and expanding the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers, a boost the housing industry believes will help it pull out of its two-year-old ...


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

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2009—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: free technology resources from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative, savings of 55% on the 2010 Entertainment Book through the REALTOR Benefits® Program and existing-home sales show big rebound.  ...


Op-ed: Stimulus Aids Strong Economic Rebound – U.S. Economy Expands 3.5 Percent

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2009—There is light at the end of the tunnel, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act got the economic engine closer to that light. The economy grew at an annual inflation-adjusted rate of 3.5% in the third quarter of 2009, the Bureau of Economic Analysis recently reported. This ...


Staying Ahead of the Market

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2009—Staying ahead of your local competition while keeping your name in front of your clients is crucial to staying profitable in any real estate market. As technology continues to advance, it is important for real estate professionals to take advantage of the various mediums through which they can ...


Today’s Featured Listing – A Custom Tuscan Estate

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2009—Completed in 2008, this Tuscan estate home located on Lake Minnehaha in Florida is a truly custom home. A masterpiece designed with luxury features that provide both comfort and beauty, this home features an ...


Most Landlords Willing to Discount Rent to Aid Cash-Strapped Tenants

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2009—More than two-thirds (69%) of smaller, independent landlords will reduce rents to help tenants remain in their homes, according to The National Association of Independent Landlords.  ...


Thirty-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Continue to Decline; Most State Rates Now Below 5.00%

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2009—The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased ten basis points last week to 4.87%, down from 4.97% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website ZIllow.com. Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages ...


4 Ways to Stage Your Home and Create a Well-Rounded First Impression

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2009—Feeling good about a home and a neighborhood is part and parcel of making the decision to buy, so staging a home should involve more than just raising the charm factor. Look for ways to also make ...


New Home Sales Fall in September for First Time in 6 Months

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2009—After five consecutive months of increases, sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 3.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 402,000 units in September 2009, according to data released by the U.S. Commerce Department.  ...


Want a Cash Machine for Your Real Estate Business? Build a Buyers List

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2009—If you ask most real estate professionals what their number one business asset is, you’ll get a variety of answers. Some answers may include their office, their listings, their agents or subagents, their marketing materials etc. All of these are good answers but in this humble real ...


Significantly More Seniors Researching Reverse Mortgages

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—Golden Gateway Financial, a comprehensive financial resource for seniors and retirees recently released new usage data from its online Reverse Mortgage Calculator that showed falling home values continue to negatively impact the amount of money available to older Americans through a reverse mortgage. At the same time, ...


Marketing Strategies: 7 Tips to Creating Success from the Inside Out

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2009—Are you letting life happen? Or are you actively creating your own success? In order to create your own success, you must first have a solid foundation upon which to build.  ...


Roth Rules to Ease in 2010, But Decision Shouldn’t be Automatic

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2009—(MCT)-Since its creation more than a decade ago, the Roth IRA has been one of the best tax breaks around, but it's been closed off to higher-earning taxpayers. That will change next year.  ...


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