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‘Making Loan Modification Affordable’ Program Aims to Make Loan Mitigation More Accessible

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2009-Amid the buzz about Obama's "Making Home Affordable" plan intended to help millions of Americans "reduce their monthly mortgage payments to more affordable levels," one San Diego-based law firm has launched its own synergistic "Making Loan Modification Affordable" plan to help financially-strapped homeowners at risk of foreclosure garner ...


Increasing Agent Success

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2009-Keeping your agents successful is one of the best ways to weather today's real estate market, and finding this success may be easier than you think. Here, David Moody, CEO, Qualifying Broker and Greg Martin, President, COO of ERA Sunrise Realty discuss their best tactics in keeping their ...


Government Incentives Put Purchases in Reach for More Consumers

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2009-(MCT)-Back when her four children were young, Donna Noeller needed a car that seated six, so the Hughson farm family bought an SUV and drove it hard. "We've had this Trailblazer over seven years. It has more than ...


Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Expands into Dutchess County

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2009-Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has solidified its position as one of the Hudson Valley's largest real estate brokerages by expanding into Dutchess County through the acquisition of three Coldwell Banker Currier and Lazier Realtors offices. ...


Association of Saskatchewan Realtors and Point2 Technologies Implement Canada’s First National Real Estate Listing Syndication Program

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2009-The Association of Saskatchewan Realtors and Point2 Technologies Inc. announced the launch of Canada's first automated national real estate property listing syndication program to ever be undertaken by a regional Canadian real estate industry organization. ...


Homeowners Fight for Loan Modifications from Swamped Mortgage Servicers

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-(MCT)-After losing his job in January, Stuart Miller has fought hard to keep his home out of foreclosure. At the end of May, the Plano, Texas, man began trying to get Wells Fargo & Co. to review his ...


Are New Home Prices, Starts and Sales Rates Nearing Bottom?

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-According to John Burns Real Estate Consulting's August 2009 survey of new home builders, housing market stability is just around the corner. ...


Optimism Grips Homeowners: 81% Think Home’s Value Will Increase or Stay Same in Next 6 Months

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-American homeowners are much more realistic about their own homes' values than they were one year ago, but are more optimistic about the future than at any other time in the past year. More than half (60%) of ...


Company Profile: Taking Center Stage – Successful Staging Starts with PODS

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-With a background in music and interior design, it's no wonder Barb Schwarz earned the title of "creator of staging"...complete with the federal trademarks that make it official. ...


Builder Confidence Continues Upward in August

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose one point in August to its highest level in more than a year, according to the latest reading of the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Building on a two-point gain in July, ...


National 30-year Fixed Mortgage Rates Decline

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased last week to 5.30%, down from 5.36% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages fell to 4.63% ...


“The Real Estate Safety Book” Available for Realtor® Safety Week

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) annual REALTORS® Safety Week will be observed September 13-19, 2009. Real estate professionals face a greater level of risk than most other professions. Law enforcement and criminologists identify working with the public and isolation as major risk factors. "Real estate ...


Century 21 Real Estate Announces Caribbean Expansion

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world's largest residential real estate sales organization, has announced the signing of an agreement by its Caribbean master franchisee to open the first CENTURY 21® franchise in Bermuda. The addition of Bermuda expands the CENTURY ...


Gender Differences Abound in the Home-Buying Process

RISMEDIA, September 1, 2009-It often seems as though men and women are from different planets, but every day millions of couples navigate through day-to-day and even life-altering decisions. Because a home is the biggest purchase most people will make in their ...


2nd Quarter Existing-Home Sales Rise in Most States, Helped by Affordable Metro Prices

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2009-Existing-home sales in the second quarter showed healthy gains from the first quarter in the vast majority of states, and price declines have increased affordability in most metro areas, according to the latest survey by the National Association of Realtors®. ...


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