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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 ...


Slowing in Market Deterioration Indicated by July New-Vehicle Retail Sales

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2009- Although new-vehicle retail sales in July are projected to decrease 19% from July 2008, this marks an improvement in year-over-year declines observed for the first half of 2009, according to J.D. Power and Associates, which gathers real-time transaction data from more than 10,000 dealerships across the United ...


Signs of Change: Existing-Home Sales Rise 3.6% in June

RISMEDIA, July 24, 2009-Existing-home sales rose for the third consecutive month with inventory easing and home prices declining less sharply in June, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


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

RISMEDIA, July 24, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Free technology resources offered as part of the Right Tools, Right Now campaign, help your agents power-up their technical know-how with the all-new e-PRO®, and save $5 on all REALTOR® University Webinars. ...


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