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Real Estate and Living Media and Smarter Agent Form Strategic Relationship

RISMedia, June 11, 2011—The Real Estate and Living Media (REALM) Network, the online advertising service of the LPS Real Estate Group, recently announced a strategic media relationship with Smarter Agent, a leading mobile real estate application provider. This partnership enables the REALM network to expand its offerings beyond its many ...


Owning a Home Essential to the American Dream, Survey Shows

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—Despite the ups and downs of the housing market, home owners and non-owners alike consider owning a home essential to the American Dream. ...


REALTORS Support Legislation for Comprehensive GSE Reform

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® supports comprehensive reform of America's housing finance market that protects taxpayers and ensures the availability of affordable mortgage credit today and into the future. ...


Changing the Landscape of Commercial Real Estate Technology

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is impacting the commercial real estate industry with technology initiatives that will change the landscape of Web-based services. NAR is bringing together these components to deliver a comprehensive solution for commercial practitioners: CommercialSource.com, ePropertyData (ePD), Real Estate Transaction Standards (RETS), Realtors ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—Mortgage applications decreased 0.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 3, 2011. This week's results include an adjustment to account for the Memorial Day holiday. ...


Fannie Mae Issues Servicing Standards for Delinquent Mortgages

RISMedia, June 9, 2011—Fannie Mae recently issued new standards for mortgage servicers regarding the management of delinquent loans, default prevention and foreclosure time frames under the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Servicing Alignment Initiative. The new standards, reinforced by new incentives and compensatory fees, require servicers to take a more consistent ...


HUD Announces $3.6 Million Available to Help Communities Plan for Next Generation of Neighborhood Revitalization

RISMedia, June 9, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced recently that $3.6 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants will be awarded in fiscal year 2011 to assist in the transformation, rehabilitation and preservation of public housing and privately owned HUD-assisted housing. ...


Market Snapshot: A Ray of Sunshine in the Northeast

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—At a time when new home construction in the Northeastern region of the United States has dropped by more than half since 2007, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there is at least one ...


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

RISMedia, June 8, 2011— This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: free samples of a customized brochure from NAR’s Print On Demand Service, purchase a select Dell PC and receive a free XBOX360 4GB, and volunteering works announces winners. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


HUD Provides $15 Million in Rental Assistance to Help Nearly 2,000 Families Stay Together

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—In 2009, an estimated 423,773 children lived in foster care in the U.S., as case workers helped to reunite them with their families or primary caregivers. Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced nearly $15 million to help public housing authorities reunite foster ...


Freddie Mac Announces Structured Pass-Through Certificates Backed only by 7-Year Multifamily Mortgages

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) announced recently its second offering of Structured Pass-Through Certificates ("K Certificates") backed only by multifamily mortgages with a 7-year term. The company expects to offer approximately $1.0 billion in K Certificates ("K-702 Certificates"), which are expected to price the week of June 6, ...


‘Catfish’ Recovery Out-Swims Case-Shiller

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—New listing prices, which lead transactions by three to six months, are already up 8.7 percentage points over the March trough, an indication that sellers are pricing more confidently, says Scott Sambucci, vice president of market analytics ...


How Short Sales Can Be the Top Clique in Real Estate

RISMedia, June 7, 2011—As time goes on, the landscape of our real estate industry is beginning to look more and more like a high school campus. We have cliques, and whichever one is on top at the time looks down ...


Rand On Real Estate: The Pros and Cons of Investing in Phoenix

RISMedia, June 7, 2011— 77WABC Radio in New York is featuring “Rand on Real Estate,” a talk show hosted by OwnAmerica CEO Greg Rand that focuses on building wealth in the greatest asset class known to mankind—American housing. In this segment, Rand takes a call from a homeowner ...


Building a Level of Trust through Education

RISMedia, June 7, 2011—Having received his real estate license shortly after he turned 18 and entering the real estate industry right out of college, Chad Rogers, a real estate agent in Beverly Hills, Calif. is dedicated to educating buyers and sellers on the realities of today’s market. “Now more than ...


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