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Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Continues Growth in Ohio

Recently, at a press conference, Howard Hanna Ohio President Howard W. ‘Hoby’ Hanna, IV announced that the company has acquired 1st Choice Realty of Canfield, Ohio. ...


New Online Guides Teach Consumers How Building Codes Make Homes More Energy Efficient

Thanks to the new partnership between the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and Consumers Union, user-friendly, interactive online guides and downloadable publications are helping homeowners and buyers save energy and money by teaching them the potential of building energy codes ...


Fannie Mae Releases Servicer Ratings for First Half of 2011

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) recently announced Servicer Total Achievement and Rewards (STAR) Program results for the first half of 2011, measuring the performance of servicers in helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. ...


The New Real Estate Media – It’s You

The media world has changed in a very fundamental way in the past five years. In the old paradigm, the gatekeepers held the keys to the kingdom. Publishers and editors in print, program directors in radio, and producers on television ...


Homeowners Facing Foreclosure Take Back Homes on September 22

Millions of homeowners share a feeling of helplessness, not knowing where they stand with their bank and not understanding the foreclosure process. A new resource called the Foreclosure Defense Academy aims to rescue these homeowners from their information abyss, beginning ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 6.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 9, 2011. This week’s results include an adjustment to account for the Labor Day holiday. ...


Washington, D.C. Shows Most Active August in 4 Years

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—The summer home sales season in the Washington, D.C. metro area market finished with the highest number of signed contracts for August in four years, according to housing market expert Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel. Miller based these reflections on the August 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales IndexTM released ...


LPS Execs Finalize Management Buyout of LPS Real Estate Group, Launch New Company

Former LPS Senior Executives Jay Gaskill, Prem Luthra, Mike Kovar and John Hensley announced the completion of a management buyout of select business lines and operations from LPS’ Real Estate Group to launch Real Estate Digital (RED). The aforementioned executives ...


Realogy CEO to Address Senate Subcommittee on the State of the U.S. Housing Market

Realogy Corporation, a leading provider of real estate and relocation services, announced that Richard A. Smith, its president and CEO, has been called upon to testify before the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. In his remarks, ...


Millions of Homeowners Pay Excessive Rates

Seventy five percent of all homeowners who owe more on their homes than they are worth are paying mortgage interest rates nearly a point higher than today’s average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage. ...


VScreen Provides Turnkey Video Solutions

Real estate professionals invest a lot of time, effort and money into marketing themselves, “but when it comes to video, it’s not all about you,” says Stephen Schweickart, co-founder and CEO of VScreen, an Internet video services provider within the real estate industry. In fact, the numbers paint a pretty ...


Baltimore Summer Ends with Best Home Sales in Five Years

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—The following analysis of the Baltimore Metro Area housing market has been prepared by housing market expert Jonathan Miller of Miller Samuel, based on the August 2011 RBI Pending Home Sales Index™. ...


7 Ways to Rethink Your Approach to the Daily Grind

In a perfect world, “work” and “home” would balance out neatly. We’d work from 8 to 5 each day, take an hour-long lunch, and then come home and spend uninterrupted time with our families. But for those of us here ...


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 personalized brochure emphasizing the benefits of working with a REALTOR®; September-only super savings from REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Dell; and RPR unveils a new one-stop resource for brokers and agents. ...


RISMedia’s Facebook Page Exceeds 5,000 Fans!

RISMedia’s official page on Facebook.com has reached—and exceeded—the 5,000 fan mark, going above and beyond to prove that social media is a prominent outlet for news and networking within the real estate industry. ...


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