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National 30-year Fixed Rate Drops Slightly; Some States See Increase

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased slightly last week to 5.29%, up from 5.31% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Meanwhile, rates for 15-year fixed mortgages fell ...


Daniel Gale Sotheby’s Launches New Interactive Website

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2009-Responding to the ever growing number of consumers who utilize the Internet- often from mobile communication devices- to assist in their home buying search, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty (DGSIR) has launched a new interactive website, which can be found at www.danielgale.com. ...


Announcemymove.com and HWA Join Forces to Help Realtors Sell Homes Faster

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2009-AnnounceMyMove.com and Home Warranty of America have joined forces to offer Realtors a social media solution to promote their listings, open houses and client moves along with free home warranty coverage for their sellers on all new listings*. All Realtor members of AnnounceMyMove.com, HWA, Realbiz 360 and ...


New-Home Sales Rise 11 Percent In June, Marking Third Consecutive Month of Improved Sales Activity

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2009-Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 11% in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units, according to numbers released by the U.S. Commerce Department. Coming on the heels of an upwardly revised number for May, the gain marks a third consecutive month of improved ...


First-Time Homebuyers Have Unique Advantage in Mortgage Market

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2009-(MCT)-First-time homebuyers and those thinking about refinancing are in a great place. ...


Freddie Mac Launches Effort to Help Servicers Handle Record Demand for Home Affordable Modifications

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2009-As part of its support for President Obama's Making Home Affordable program, Freddie Mac announced an agreement with Home Retention Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Lender Services, Inc., to help several regional servicers process thousands of additional applications for Home Affordable Modifications. ...


Leaders Elite Announces August Webinars

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2009-Leaders Elite, a North American online membership-based training and coaching program for real estate professionals will present the following Webinars during August 1-15, 2009. ...


Sotheby’s International Realty Network Enters Rome

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2009-Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC announced the signing of an exclusive 25-year master franchise agreement covering Lazio, Rome, with St. Peter - Real Estate s.r.l. ...


Fed Plans Consumer-Friendly Changes to Mortgage Rules

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-(MCT)-Federal Reserve governors unanimously proposed tough new consumer-friendly disclosure rules for mortgages and home equity loans last week, tackling one of the less-appreciated causes of the nation's deep financial crisis. ...


For Some, Small Homes are Just the Right Size

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-(MCT)-They had the land and the plan ready for a 3,000-square-foot retirement home. ...


Social Networking Strategies – What’s the Right Way to Push Your Business on Facebook?

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-(MCT)-Pop quiz: what's wrong with this e-mail? ...


MLS 5.0…The MLS of the Future

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-Part 3 of this series provided a general background on MLS 5.0. This month's article takes the reader deeper into what MLS 5.0 actually is. ...


Foreclosure News Report Named Best Newsletter for 2009

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009- RealtyTrac, one of the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, announced that its monthly newsletter for real estate investors-Foreclosure News Report-was recently honored as Best Newsletter for 2009 by the National Association of Real Estate Editors during the group's 59th Annual Journalism Awards in Washington, D.C. ...


RealtyUSA Selects LeadTrax as Internet Lead Management Solution

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-RealtyUSA has signed a contract with LanTrax. Inc., to use LanTrax's signature LeadTrax lead management solution to collect, distribute, and track its Internet leads. ...


The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Real Estate Agents

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2009-In today's tough economy, real estate agents are doing everything they can to be successful and stay ahead of their competition. While many agents have reverted back to the basics to get them through these trying times, thinking outside the box may be more important now than ever ...


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