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Mortgage Rates Reach Record Lows as Stock Market Losses Mount

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2011—Mortgage rates continued to move lower as investor concerns over the health of the U.S. economy increased, reports mortgage rate research website, ForTheBestRate.com. Interest rates advertised on the site have dropped to near their lowest point of 2011 for most products, with the 15 year fixed reaching ...


Rental Vacancy Rate at 6-Year Low

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2011—Lost in the recent slew of negative homeownership announcements was a piece of good news for real estate professionals and landlords alike. ...


Rates on 15-Year Fixed Lowest Ever Recorded

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2011—The average rate for a 15-year fixed loan dropped to 3.54 percent last week from 3.66 percent the week before, according to Freddie Mac—the lowest result since 1991. ...


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Six Stand-Out Industry Contributors

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2011—I had no intention of making my original article, “MLSs Taking Control of your Destiny,”  a “series,” but after receiving tremendous feedback on it and hearing all of the discussion around it at a recent conference, ...


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

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: keep clients coming back using Facebook, become Hertz #1 Club Gold member for free, and NAR feels that a narrow QRM definition not necessary. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


July Housing Scorecard Shows Home Price Improvement

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2011—U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the July edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The latest housing data offer continued mixed signals as home prices improved slightly but ...


Second Quarter Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Lending Up 107 Percent

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2011—Second quarter 2011 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were 107 percent higher than during the same period last year and 52 percent higher than the revised figures for the first quarter of 2011, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers ...


June ‘Normal’ Home Prices Only 1.1 Percent Below 2010

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2011—June prices of non-distress sale homes were down only 1.1 percent from June 2010, and improvement over May, when prices were 2.1 percent below the previous year. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Jacksonville, Florida – Vacation vs. Investment Home

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, hosts “Rand on Real Estate” on 770 WABC. This week, Rand speaks with a caller from Long Island, N.Y. who is interested in the Jacksonville, FL market. ...


Top 5 Things You Should Know to Help Sell Your Home Fast

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2011—While many markets around the country continue to experience challenges as the market makes its slow turnaround, Ann Arbor real estate is selling fast, and it's because we follow some simple rules. ...


Realogy Calls for White House Summit on Housing

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2011—Realogy Corporation, a leading provider of real estate and relocation services, recently announced that it has sent a formal request to President Obama and his Administration calling for a White House Summit on Housing. ...


June Prices Still in Red; Northeast Booms

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2011—National average home prices in June were still 7.9 percent below a year ago, which was the height of the boomlet spawned by the tax credit. However, prices are still up 4.1 percent over the first quarter. ...


Company Spotlight: Focusing on the Customer Experience Makes All the Difference

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2011—As many consumers would likely agree, a good or bad customer experience can change everything. This is a reality that Illinois-based Home Warranty of America (HWA) not only takes to heart, but actively implements into its everyday ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Recruit, Retain, Expand

Mobile Technology is changing the way the world operates, largely by providing Smartphone users the opportunity to visit a website directly from their fingertips. It is no secret that while consumers are getting much more demanding of the offerings websites provide on their mobile devices, REALTORS® have been responsive, and ...


Keeping Sellers in Tune with Reality

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2011—According to eight-year veteran real estate agent Justin Thayer, many of today’s agents are still hoping to find a time machine that will take them back to 2007. Until such an invention is created, however, succeeding in the current marketplace means competitive pricing. “This is a market ...


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