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Taking Action to Improve Economic Stability: HUD Announces Sustainable Communities Awards

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced the recipients of the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, totaling nearly $96 million. Twenty-seven communities and organizations will receive Community Challenge grants and 29 regional areas will receive Regional Planning grants. The goal of HUD’s Sustainable Communities grants is ...


Market Bright Spot: October Existing-Home Sales Rise, Unsold Inventory Continues to Decline

Existing-home sales improved in October while the number of homes on the market continued to decline, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Why You Should Invest in Austin, Texas & Charlotte, North Carolina

Rand on Real Estate is now on national television. The Fox Business Network is running a new segment titled, "Where to Invest Now," which features Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, as its housing market analyst making his picks of the best real estate markets in ...


Life in Mobile: Old Faithful

Mixed in with the hundreds of news articles I received this week was one that especially caught my eye: Retailers shouldn’t ignore text messaging when crafting m-commerce strategies. The reason it stood out is because I fail to remember the last time we spoke about our good ol’ friend, SMS, ...


NAR Home Buyer and Seller Survey Reflects Tight Credit Conditions

Recent home buyers are staying well within their means with notably higher incomes and modestly higher down payments than buyers in the previous year, due to the restrictive mortgage credit environment, despite historically favorable housing affordability conditions, according to a ...


Diane Turton, REALTORS® Collecting Food Donations

Even small donations of food or money will help the FoodBank of New Jersey’s Monmouth and Ocean Counties assist hundreds of families in need this holiday season. ...


RE/MAX Releases October Housing Report

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—New England is transitioning into the winter sales season, and as such, sales were largely flat across the region for the month of October. The following is a summary of RE/MAX of New England’s regional state summary: ...


Introducing DocuSign Ink™ – First-Ever Personal Electronic Signatures for Everyone

DocuSign, a global standard for eSignature, recently announced DocuSign Ink, what the company states is the world’s first personal electronic signature, now available to billions of consumers around the globe. According to the company, DocuSign Ink helps consumers finish personal business faster by eliminating once and for all the hassles ...


Top Brokers Candidly Discuss the Secrets to Their Success at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

RISMedia’s 16th Annual Power Broker Forum, held on Friday, November 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, brought together leading brokers and industry visionaries to discuss “The One Thing Power Brokers Can’t Live Without.” Nearly 600 attendees turned out to the ...


The Real Estate Book: Bringing Print to Life with Mobile

In partnership with Mobile Real Estate, The Real Estate Book expands advertising packages to include new mobile marketing tools at no additional cost. ...


Study Examines Impact of Social Networks on Homeowners Decision to Default

Unemployment and other factors have caused many homeowners to involuntarily default on their mortgages. At the same time, falling home prices, the possibility of being underwater for many years and advice from certain influencers, or "mavens," may have encouraged others ...


Remodeling Activity Reaches Record Levels

As the weather started to cool and kids went back to school, remodeling activity continued to soar in 2011. Recently, BuildFax unveiled its BuildFax Remodeling Index (BFRI) for September 2011, which shows that remodeling activity reached a record high during the month. BuildFax also released data stating the most popular ...


From Renter to Homeowner: HSA Home Warranty provides peace of mind to R.E.N.T. participants

Realty Embracing New Technology, or R.E.N.T. (myrentus.com), is leading the way to homeownership by providing a turn-key solution for success in the evolving real estate market via an efficient and proven rental process. Brian Herron and Meghan Ferguson, two of the principals responsible for establishing R.E.N.T., believe that in the ...


America’s Future Homeowners: How Immigrants Will Integrate by 2030

The Center for American Progress recently released a first-of-its-kind study that projects today’s immigrants’ integration patterns through the year 2030. The report, “Assimilation Tomorrow: How America’s Immigrants Will Integrate by 2030,” is authored by Dowell Myers, professor in the School ...


CoreLogic Provides New Services to Assist Lenders with HARP 2.0

CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, recently announced a new set of services designed specifically to address the anticipated increase in refinance activity expected from revisions to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The redefined program, recently announced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency ...


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