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FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce HARP Changes to Reach More Borrowers

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises), has announced a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) in an effort to attract more eligible borrowers who can benefit from refinancing their ...


Renters Outspend Owners on Housing

Renters now spend five percent more of their household budgets on housing costs than do homeowners, and the difference is growing as rents rise. ...


John L. Scott Launches Innovative Mobile Search Apps

John L. Scott Real Estate’s tradition of enhancing the home search experience with innovative tools continues with the introduction of a suite of mobile device platforms for iPhone, iPad and Android users, states the company. These new apps offer home buyers a full featured home search experience while exploring neighborhoods. ...


Multiple Signs Point to Real Estate Rebound

The past few weeks have showcased numerous signals that the real estate market is on the rise. Recently, we have reported statistics pointing to an industry turnaround, including a 15 percent rise in housing starts in September; a surge ...


Rand on Real Estate: Should I Take a Short Sale on My Investment Property?

Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, and host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, discusses concerns over negative equity on investment properties. Would a short sale be the best way to go? ...


The Answer to Consumer Confidence?

With the mixed messages being put forth by today’s media, it’s no wonder consumers are wary. One report tells us interest rates are at record lows and that it’s a great time to buy, while another tells us foreclosure rates ...


RISMedia to Honor Industry Innovator with Real Estate Leadership Award

RISMedia is excited to announce its first annual Real Estate Leadership Award will be presented to an industry innovator next month during the real estate news leader’s 16th Annual Power Broker Reception & Dinner being held Nov. 11, 2011, in Anaheim, CA. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Location, Location, Location

On a recent visit to Chicago, my first time there, I was anxious to get a lay of the land. I had heard a lot about the city and its similarities to New York; so as a prideful New Yorker, I was eager to disprove those theories. However, before I ...


Market Meltdown Boon: Landlords Welcome Strategic Defaulters

A new survey of former homeowners who have walked away from their homes found that their credit was good enough after foreclosure for the vast majority to rent new housing and few were required to make a larger ...


Ohio Home Sales Soar in September

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Home sales in central Ohio were up almost 17 percent in September making three consecutive months of home sale increases. According to the Columbus Board of REALTORS®, 1,719 homes sold in September which is 16.6 percent more than the previous year’s 1,474 sales. ...


Home Sales Alert: Slow in September but Still Higher Than a Year Ago

Existing-home sales were down in September on the heels of a strong gain in August, but remain well above a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


RISMedia Event to Honor Top Brokers, Industry Leaders

Longtime industry leaders and forward-thinking visionaries will be honored during RISMedia’s 16th Annual Power Broker Dinner, taking place during the upcoming NAR Conference & Expo in Anaheim, California. This by-invitation-only networking event will be held at the Anaheim Marriott at ...


Got Agents?

Today’s broker/owners are faced with a profit crisis. Agents want to earn the most money and pay the least in costs. Companies are faced with rising costs, challenges of compensation, stripped-down service companies and the ever-present online “do-it-yourself” competitors. These issues have profoundly changed how brokers must look at their ...


Housing Starts Surge in September

(MCT)—New residential construction surged 15 percent in September, turning in its best performance in 17 months, though economists warned that a housing recovery has yet to take hold. ...


Rising Rents Improve Investors’ Returns

With rents rising faster than last year, the picture for residential real estate investors is getting even better than it already was as a result of once-in-a-generation prices and low interest rates, according to the founder of a leading Internet platform for investors and real estate professionals. ...


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