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2010 Home Sales Had Biggest Rebound in Chicago Suburbs, Reports RE/MAX

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—Home sales in the metro Chicago real estate market turned in their strongest 2010 performance in the north suburbs and Kane County, according to an analysis by the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network of transaction data from MRED, LLC, the regional multiple listing service. ...


The Great Debate: What to Do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—(MCT)—What role should government play in housing finance? A struggle over that $5 trillion dollar question, which divides Democrats from Republicans, will begin Wednesday when a subcommittee of the GOP-controlled House of Representatives considers the fate of mortgage-finance titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. ...


The Truth about QR Codes

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—Unless you have been on a hiatus since the NAR Conference in New Orleans last November, spending all the money you made selling real estate on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed small, square codes popping ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #3

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Go Global with REALTOR.com

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—With international transactions representing a growing share (7%) of the U.S. residential market, REALTOR.com, the nation’s No. 1 homes-for-sale website, is going global. Last year, $66 billion in U.S. residential real estate was sold to foreign buyers and recent immigrants from 53 countries. And over the last ...


Fannie Mae and Its Lenders Financed Approximately 17 Billion Dollars in 2010, Ensuring Reliable, Sustainable Liquidity to the Multifamily Rental Housing Market

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—Fannie Mae, a leading source of multifamily mortgage financing for workforce rental housing announced that in 2010, the company, in conjunction with its lender and housing partners, provided $16.9 billion in debt financing for the rental housing market, through approximately 2,300 multifamily mortgage loans for 306,000 rental ...


5 Questions to Ask When Booking a Vacation Rental

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—From Pittsburg to Green Bay and beyond, the word is out: vacation rentals offer a travel lifestyle unlike any other, providing unmatched space, amenities, services and privacy. In fact, the customizable vacation possibilities are endless, according to experts from Discover Vacation Homes, a resource for vacation rental ...


Survey: One-Stop Shopping Still Going Strong

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Harris Interactive partnered again to conduct a public opinion study of consumer preferences when it comes to real estate services to see if home buyers’ perceptions have changed given the ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Coordination and Integration

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—When I first graduated college and worked in the financial services industry, one of the best terms I ever heard was "coordination and integration." We used the term to describe how our financial instruments would work in conjunction with one another for the benefit of the client's ...


Tips to Keep in Mind If You’re Thinking about becoming a Real Estate Investor

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—With homeownership dropping and rental vacancy rates rising, it is clear many Americans are looking to make a change to renting instead of owning their home. Currently, homeownership levels are at 66.5%, the lowest they've been since ...


Fed Not Ready to Curb Stimulus Measures, Bernanke Says

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—(MCT)—Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won't pull back the central bank's easy money policies any time soon, even as the government is expected to report positive job growth. ...


REALTORS® Praise FHFA for Proposed Rule to Prohibit Private Transfer Fees

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for moving ahead with a proposed rule to restrict government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants. ...


Maximize Your Smartphone for Marketing with Groups

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—Most of us have some brand of smartphone, whether it’s an Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or another brand. These phones can be powerful marketing tools if you maximize your utilization of their features. One feature we want to ...


Estimated 1.76 Million Mortgages Modified Last Year

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—(MCT)—Mortgage loan servicers negotiated 1.76 million permanent loan modifications for homeowners last year, but more than two-thirds of them were completed in-house and not as part of the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program. ...


Sunshine State Rebranding Attempts to Attract New Residents

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—(MCT)—Faced with a dramatic decline in the number of Americans moving to Florida, community boosters are promoting the Sunshine State as a cluster of research and technology, not just a balmy place to live. ...


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