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Rand on Real Estate: Federal Government Announces Plans to Convert Foreclosures into Investor-owned Rentals

Greg Rand (@gsrand) (http://twitter.com/gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica (http://ownamerica.com) hosts Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC; this week he discusses the White House's announcement and breaks it down. “It sounds good,” Rand says, “but it's more ...


Facebook for Real Estate: The 10 Commandments

One: Forget Everything You’ve Heard about Facebook and Real Estate ...


MONEY Magazine Reveals Annual “MONEY’s 100 Best Places to Live in America”

“MONEY” magazine has revealed the 2011 list of "MONEY's 100 Best Places to Live in America," highlighting small towns across the country with populations of 50,000 or less. For the annual cover-story, on sale August 19, MONEY looked for places ...


95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

In the second quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for about 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) Quarterly Product Transition Report released yesterday. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. ...


DocuSign’s New Affiliate Program Helps MLSs Increase Revenue and Better Serve Clients

DocuSign® (www.docusign.com), a leading electronic signature network, and the official and exclusive eSignature provider for the 1.1 million members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) under the REALTOR Benefits® Program, has announced the availability of the DocuSign Affiliate Program for REALTOR® Associations and Multiple Listing Services. ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Home, Condo Sales Up in Q2 2011

Florida's existing home and existing condo sales experienced an upswing in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the latest housing statistics from Florida Realtors®. Existing home sales rose 1 percent in 2Q 2011 with a total of 52,421 homes sold statewide; ...


Tip Your Communications into Overdrive

You hand them out frequently to relatives, clients and others. You receive them, good and bad. What are they? They’re tips, and we get and give them regularly. You can use targeted tips to bridge your communication efforts and quickly ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The 24/7 Consumer

When Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance to unveil the ipad2 earlier this year, he made note of the fact that in only nine months during 2011 Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads, which generated close to 10 billion dollars in revenue for the company. According to Jobs, “2010 was ...


Market Concerns Produce New Record Low Mortgage Rates

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing mortgage rates continuing to decline with the 30-year fixed averaging 4.32 percent marking a new low for 2011, and the 15-year fixed, 5-year ARM, and 1-year ARM averaging new all-time record lows this week. ...


Back-to-School Real Estate Investments Rule

The back to school season is often characterized by parents and students making last-minute mad dashes to purchase school supplies, uniforms, bus passes or books. This year, parents with college-bound students or investors interested in college towns may be considering ...


TransUnion: Mortgage Delinquencies Plummeted in Second Quarter

The national mortgage delinquency rate (the rate of borrowers 60 or more days past due) decreased for the sixth consecutive quarter, dropping to 5.82 percent at the end of the second quarter in 2011 according to a quarterly analysis of ...


Welcome to the New RISMedia Daily e-News!

RISMedia is excited to announce the release of its new and improved daily e-news layout for RISMedia and Top 5 in Real Estate Network® subscribers. With a modern, cleaner design, our readers will enjoy the same timely and relevant news ...


FHFA, Treasury, HUD Seek Input on Disposition of Real Estate Owned Properties

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has announced a Request For Information (RFI), seeking input on new options for selling single-family real estate owned (REO) properties held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ...


Second Quarter Metro Area Prices Mixed with Little Change, State Sales Down

Median existing-home prices declined modestly in the second quarter with 27 percent of metropolitan areas experiencing price gains from a year ago, while state home sales declined from the second quarter of 2010, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Hot Property: Disney’s Former Home for Sale

(MCT)—Walt Disney's onetime residence in Los Feliz, the wonderful world where his daughters grew up, has come on the market at $3.65 million. The two-story French Normandy-style house, built in 1932, sits behind gates on an acre with views to ...


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