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Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey Partners with Realogy to Grant Child’s Wish to go to Disney

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2009-The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This summer, 13-year-old Marcus from Union County, New Jersey, will have his wish to go to Disney World granted. With the contributions made by Realogy employees, who donated $6,000 from two fundraisers ...


Chase Exclusives Rewards Checking Customers with New 1% Mortgage Cash Back

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2009-Chase, one of the nation's leading consumer banks, announced 1% Mortgage Cash Back, an innovative new benefit from Chase Exclusives, the program that rewards checking account customers for using the bank's other products and services. ...


Houston Association of Realtors Syndicates Listings To Trulia

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2009-The Houston Association of Realtors® (HAR), the nation's second largest local Realtor association, and Trulia, Inc., have announced a partnership that enables the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to automatically feed more than 50,000 for-sale property listings throughout the greater Houston area to Trulia.com. HAR joins other ...


Realtors Urge First-Time Buyers to Act Quickly, Tax Credit to Expire Soon

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2009-The New Jersey Association of Realtors (NJAR) is encouraging those considering buying a home for the first time to act quickly, as there is very limited time to qualify for the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit. As of ...


HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Announces New FHA-Making Home Affordable Loan Modification Guidelines

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2009-U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has implemented changes to its loan modification program to ensure consistency with the Obama Administration's Home Affordable Modification Program. By August 15, FHA borrowers will be able to significantly reduce their monthly ...


Is Your IDX Strategy Right For You?

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2009-As the industry has evolved to engage and provide consumers with quality information, there are more options than ever before for agents to provide MLS search tools within their personal websites. When talking with Realtors, I often use the analogy of buying a car. Any operating car can ...


Intero International Announces Expansion into Asia-Pacific Region

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2009-Intero International Franchise Services, LLC, a company affiliated with Intero Real Estate Services, Inc. recognized as one of the fastest-growing and most innovative brokerages in the industry, announced that it has reached an agreement that permits Intero International to expand the INTERO® brand throughout Asia and the ...


FHA Home Modification Program Will Help Thousands of Homeowners, Say Realtors

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2009-The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Charles McMillan: ...


Refinances in Second Quarter Reduce Mortgage Payments by $3.4 Billion in Coming Year

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2009-In the second quarter of 2009, half of borrowers who refinanced their loan lowered their annual mortgage interest rate by at least 20% according to Freddie Mac's quarterly Refinance Report. The new interest rate was about 1.25 percentage ...


How Can Agents Attract Buyers to Open Houses?

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2009-As real estate continues to become centered around the latest technology advancements and real estate agents are focusing their time and money on new ways to connect with clients, many are moving away from the basics. Here, Sami Inkinen, COO and Co-founder of Trulia, discusses ways in which ...


Cash-for-Clunkers Program May be Suspended Just Days after Start

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2009-(MCT)-Four days after it launched, the popular cash-for-clunkers program has burned through its $950 million budget, sending the Obama administration scrambling to find additional money and avoid a shutdown of the program. ...


Real Estate Professionals: Promote Your Value Now More Than Ever

JD Power and Associates survey reveals importance of extra services increases as buyers and sellers seek value from real estate companies ...


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

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS include: Articles and information offered as part of the Right Tools, Right Now campaign, marketing tools from NAR's REALTOR Benefits Program Partners, and existing-home sale are up again. ...


New Home-Appraisal Rule Brings Turmoil to Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2009-(MCT)-When David and Penny Mann decided it was time to move to a retirement community, their real estate agent told them that in this rough market, it could take months to sell their downtown San Jose Victorian. ...


Luxury Prices Continue to Fall – Owners Ask for Less and Add Perks

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2009-(MCT)-After lowering the $4.2 million asking price of their Lake Bluff estate three times and by more than $1 million, Mike and Marti Palmer flirted with the idea of trading the still-unsold custom home for something smaller. ...