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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 ...


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 ...