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Rand on Real Estate: Market Views from Ed Forman, President of Watson Realty Group in Jacksonville, FL

This week, Greg Rand (@gsrand) , CEO of OwnAmerica hosts Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, discusses with Ed Forman the benefits, industries, economics and real estate market of Jacksonville, Florida. ...


Builders Call on Congress to Extend Loan Limits

With the Oct. 1 deadline rapidly approaching when the conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will be lowered, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently called on Congress to move swiftly ...


Homeowners Expectations Low for 2012

Homeowners are growing even more pessimistic about the potential short- and long-term values of their homes. ...


Dispelling the Myths of Advertising

I often find myself hearing the same comment in several variations about advertising: “I bought a large ad in my local newspaper and didn’t receive any immediate business from it. It’s obviously not working and a waste of money.” ...


Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget

Bathroom renovations have become extremely popular in recent years. Many consumers choose to renovate their bathroom before any other room; not only is the bathroom a major focal point when it comes time to sell, but square footage is limited and depending on the plans, the cost can be affordable—especially ...


Soaring Prices Suggest a Florida Phenomenon

The numbers leap off the page. Seven of the top 10 markets in the nation whose media list prices are up year over year are Florida markets. According to the latest data from Realtor.com, Florida single-family home and condo prices are zooming at the same time that the rest of ...


Household Debt Drops for 12th Straight Quarter

Household debt declined by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.6%, dragged lower by a 2.4% decline in mortgage debt as consumers took out fewer mortgages, paid off or had debts forgiven, the Federal Reserve reported in its voluminous flow-of-funds ...


Showing Feedback Important to Today’s Sellers

As homes continue to sit on the market for longer periods of time, providing sellers with immediate and consistent showing feedback is one way real estate professionals can help their clients understand why their home isn’t selling, and give them a clear sense as to what needs to be improved. ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Launches First-Time Home Buyer Resource Center

Taking the next step to help people turn their dreams of homeownership into realities, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC launched a new portal on its website specifically for first-time home buyers. The First-Time Home Buyers Resource Center includes videos, articles and tools to answer questions and guide new home buyers ...


Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Continues Growth in Ohio

Recently, at a press conference, Howard Hanna Ohio President Howard W. ‘Hoby’ Hanna, IV announced that the company has acquired 1st Choice Realty of Canfield, Ohio. ...


New Online Guides Teach Consumers How Building Codes Make Homes More Energy Efficient

Thanks to the new partnership between the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and Consumers Union, user-friendly, interactive online guides and downloadable publications are helping homeowners and buyers save energy and money by teaching them the potential of building energy codes ...


Fannie Mae Releases Servicer Ratings for First Half of 2011

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) recently announced Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards (STAR) Program results for the first half of 2011, measuring the performance of servicers in helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. ...


The New Real Estate Media – It’s You

The media world has changed in a very fundamental way in the past five years. In the old paradigm, the gatekeepers held the keys to the kingdom. Publishers and editors in print, program directors in radio, and producers on television ...


Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Take Back Homes on September 22

Millions of homeowners share a feeling of helplessness, not knowing where they stand with their bank and not understanding the foreclosure process. A new resource called the Foreclosure Defense Academy aims to rescue these homeowners from their information abyss, beginning ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 6.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 9, 2011. This week’s results include an adjustment to account for the Labor Day holiday. ...


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