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Housing Limbo: When Owners Won’t Pay and Banks Won’t Evict

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—(MCT)—Millions of homeowners are trapped in a bizarre real estate limbo, living in houses but no longer paying for them, waiting and wondering if someone will help them — or throw them out. ...


Regional Spotlight: Recovery Continues in the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), an MRIS company, just released its July 2010 statistics that shows stabilization in the Mid-Atlantic real estate market over the past three months. Data from the report suggests that the gradual recovery shown in the last two months has continued through July. ...


A Closer Look at the State of Mortgage Modifications

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—(MCT)—After her husband lost his tech job in 2008, Lisa Eidner of Mahwah, N.J., asked the family's mortgage servicer to lower their monthly payments. The company agreed to a temporary cut, but sent the family on a frustrating, 15-month journey — and then turned them down for ...


Marketing Messaging: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Website Presence

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—With the constant evolution of technology, there’s a real need to keep your online presence current and relevant. From content to cutting-edge buttons and widgets, the improvements are endless. However, I believe that if you start with a few, important strategies for improving your website, they will ...


Weekly Mortgage Rate Report: Rates Fall to New Lows

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—Mortgage rates fell to new lows this week, according to the LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse, a snapshot of the lowest and average mortgage rates available within the LendingTree network of lenders. ...


‘Fundamental Change’ for Fannie and Freddie, Geithner Says

RISMEDIA, August, 18, 2010—(MCT)—With sweeping financial reform legislation enacted, the White House and Congress now must focus on fixing the mess created by the failed housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It's a complex challenge with high stakes ...


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

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a free field guide to short sales through NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative, technology tools and savings from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program, and homeownership and stable communities go hand-in-hand. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


Realogy CEO Takes Part in U.S. Government Conference on the Future of Housing Finance

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2010—Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, announced that its chief executive officer Richard A. Smith traveled to Washington, D.C., today to participate in the Conference on the Future of Housing Finance. The invitation-only event is being hosted by Secretary of the Treasury ...


Federal Reserve Issues Final Rule on Loan Originator Compensation

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2010—NAMB applauded the Federal Reserve Board yesterday (FRB) for issuing its final rule changing the way loan originators may receive compensation, as a benefit to consumers, by preventing unfair, abusive, or deceptive lending practices. ...


The Real Estate Book Introduces New Search Tool for House Hunters on the Go, Launches App for iPhone, iTouch, iPad

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2010—More Americans are relying on their mobile devices to access information, quickly and easily. The number of people who sought local information on their smart phones grew 51% last year, with the fastest growing method of accessing this info through downloaded apps.? For on-the-go home buyers, The ...


The Year of the Short Sale: 7 Tips to Finding Your New Home at Discount

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—Real estate professionals nationwide are calling 2010 “the year of the short sale,” where homeowners who owe more on their properties than what they are worth sell at deeply discounted prices—with the blessing of their lender. ...


A Closer Look at Foreclosure Activity

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—More than three years into the housing crisis that helped trigger a worldwide recession, the torrid pace of home foreclosures continues to tear at the core of the American dream. ...


Government to Spend $3 Billion to Help Homeowners

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—The White House said recently it would spend an additional $3 billion to help distressed homeowners in the states with the highest jobless rates to pay their mortgages. ...


Preparing for the Economic Turnaround: RE/MAX Chairman Tells His Brokers What to Focus on to Succeed

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—As the housing market continues its sluggish recovery, brokers should still focus on the basics of recruiting and retaining—but also must take back training and be prepared to work within the distressed property market if they want to ...


Strategies for Success: Brokers, Where Are All of Your Internet Leads Going?

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—With the array of products, technologies and systems out there, are you getting maximum benefit from your Internet marketing and personnel investment? Today, many brokerages invest not only in their own Web blog or social media sites, ...


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