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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®. ...


Act Now to Take Advantage of the $8,000 First-Time Buyer Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, September 1, 2009-Since Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act earlier this year, many have seized the opportunity offered by the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers. When you factor in today's historically low interest rates and housing affordability with the financial incentive from the government, ...


Focus on Listings

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2009-"Old Realtors never die, they just become listless." ...


Refinancing Borrowers Choose Shorter-Term Fixed-Rate Loans

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2009-Freddie Mac recently announced that in the second quarter of 2009, refinancing borrowers overwhelmingly chose fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or fixed. ...


Gloriod & Associates Merges with Prudential Rocky Mountain, Realtors

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2009-Prudential Real Estate and Relocations Services, Inc., a Prudential Financial, Inc. company announced the merger of independent real estate brokerage Gloriod and Associates, Inc. with Prudential Rocky Mountain, Realtors®. ...


Refinance Volumes on the Rise for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2009-Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac refinanced more than 2.9 million mortgage loans in 2009 through July of this year. Since the inception of the Making Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in April, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac refinanced almost 1.9 million mortgage loans through July. The numbers ...


As Credit Deadline Approaches, Race Is On for First-Time Buyers

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-(MCT)-First-time buyers are searching for homes with a growing sense of urgency, worried that time is running out on an $8,000 federal tax credit. ...


Will Homeowners and Buyers Lose $45,000?

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-Federal Reserve officials met last week and issued a statement saying that their program to purchase $1.25 trillion of mortgage-backed securities will be winding down by the end of year. ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Post Mixed Results

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate inched higher to 5.67 percent this week, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.36 discount and origination points. ...


Daniel Gale’s Whale Surfaces in South Korea Statue Commemorating Gale Family Business Installed in New Urban Center

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-A familiar image to residents of Long Island's North Shore-the Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty whale logo, is getting a whole new audience in the Far East. A commemorative statue, "Cruising Together," depicting two whales spanning ...


RETechnology.com Announces Launch with MRIS and MRED

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-RE Technology a web portal installed into MLS systems allowing agents and brokers to gain access to information, reviews and product ratings of real estate technology products available in their market, has announced a product launch with MRIS and MRED MLSs. ...


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

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Offers to help increase sales through NAR's Right Tools, Right Now initiative, A limited-time special from NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, InfoUSA®, and 2nd quarter existing-home sales rise in most states, for more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


The State of Sales Training in America

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2009-Founded in 1944, The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) has been providing research, education and support to more than 70,000 members in 100 countries and who provide services in the field of workplace performance and education. Dr. Brian Lambert Ph.D. (blambert@astd.org) is the organization's Director of ...


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