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Rand on Real Estate: Questioning Banks’ Current Lending Standards

Greg Rand (@gsrand, CEO of OwnAmerica, and host of “Rand on Real Estate” on 770 WABC, discusses with a caller the reality that banks are not tightening their lending standards; they are just following the standard ...


Credit Scores Poised to Get More Personal

(MCT)—Many consumers applying for a mortgage are going to start sharing more personal information with lenders next year, like it or not. ...


20 Stress Management Tips for Peak Performance

Structural engineers get paid big bucks to design buildings strong enough to withstand the damaging impact brought on by Mother Nature's fury. They use computer simulations to help them identify and mitigate stress-fatigue factors, which might contribute to the collapse of the building. Ironically, people, like buildings, are also susceptible ...


For Your Clients: Is Your Loan Modification Stuck?

If you’re on the verge of losing your home, or you know someone who is, then you also know about the long, bureaucratic process involved in applying for a loan modification from a lender. The most common approach is to apply under the new Home Affordability Mortgage Program (HAMP), but ...


Where Do You Want to Live the Good Life? Group Releases ’10 Best Places to Retire in 2012′

U.S. News Media Group has unveiled The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012. The list can be found at http://usnews.com/retire. ...


Home Sales Remain Higher than Last Year, Prices Fall Modestly

The September 2011 RE/MAX National Housing Report, a survey of housing data from 53 metropolitan areas, shows that the number of home sales were 7.6% higher than September 2010. This follows a trend from August and July, when sales were up 18.0% and 13.1% respectively. With higher sales, the inventory ...


NBA Hall of Fame and NCAA Basketball Legend Bill Walton to Keynote RISMedia’s Power Broker Reception & Dinner

After achieving superstardom playing for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early '70s and winning three, straight College Player of the Year Awards, Bill Walton was destined to become an NBA legend. ...


Mortgage Interest Deduction a Must for Middle Class

Eliminating or curtailing the mortgage interest deduction would have a disproportionate impact on younger, middle-class families, who would see their ability to become home owners significantly diminished, with sober implications for their longer term financial prospects, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress recently. ...


Op Ed: Executive Action to Ease Foreclosure Crisis?

(MCT)—The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday, Oct. 12: ...


NAR Goes Global: Taking U.S. Listings beyond Our Borders

The National Association of REALTORS® has a renowned reputation for its consistent support of its members throughout the years. From up-to-date news, value-added offers and significant savings on products and services, the organization prides itself on delivering timely and dependable ...


MBA Shows Mortgage Applications Increase

Mortgage applications increased 1.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 7, 2011. ...


Boomers Are Betting on Real Estate

Even though the market has delayed many from moving ahead with plans to sell the family home, baby boomers are a red hot market for investment properties. ...


The Elephants Are Coming

My favorite scene from the original “Wall Street” movie was when Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is in the boiler room, frenzied activity all around him from brokers pitching penny stocks to puny investors, and his phone rings. It’s Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who says just a few words, and then ...


Baltimore Metro Area September Contract Activity Highest in 4 Years

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—The following analysis of the Baltimore, Maryland, metro area housing market has been prepared by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), and is based on the September 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™. ...


Loud and Clear: Homeownership Is Vital in America

As America deals with mounting debt and a shaky economic recovery, it’s more important than ever to stand up in your community and the nation’s capital for sustainable, affordable homeownership. That’s why earlier this year, the leadership team at the ...


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