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Real Estate Trends Archive


Maintaining a Competitive Edge

RISMedia, June 14, 2011— As the real estate market in the Pacific Northwest continues to thrive, REALTOR® Carrie Foley recently found the balance between doing the work and chasing the work. Previously, Foley had been tipping too far in favor of chasing. To offset this, she went looking for a ...


Congress Urged to Focus on Energy Efficiency Incentives for Existing Housing Stock

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—As the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hears testimony on a suite of energy efficiency bills, including legislation to make residential housing more energy-efficient, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently urged lawmakers to take into account the differences in energy savings between the newest, ...


5 Points for Effective Leadership in Today’s Changing Market

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Real estate professionals are playing a critical role in moving the housing market forward through these tough times. Consumers, investors, builders and lenders have turned to highly trained and skilled agents to represent their interests in transactions that are very important to them. They are looking for ...


Want More Sales? Pump Up the Experience

RISMedia, June 13, 2011—When was the last time you wanted to watch a black-and-white or one of the old “Technicolor” films? For most of us, they just don’t have the same engagement magic they held years ago when compared with ...


Monday Morning Mobile: #Fail

RISMEDIA, June 13, 2011—At Mobile Card Cast we try and be more than just a technology company; we are a collection of Mobile enthusiasts who adopted the mantra "iLive Mobile" throughout everything we do. As such, many of you who frequently read this column know how excited I was when ...


Negative Equity Ducks a Bullet

RISMedia, June 13, 2011— Despite double dipping to their lowest levels since 2009, housing prices in the first quarter failed to drive up the percentage of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages. In fact, modest reductions in the number of homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their ...


Mortgage Rates Move Lower Following Weak Jobs Report

RISMedia, June 13, 2011— Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), which showed weaker than expected job growth in May pushing both fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages to new lows for the year. The 30-year fixed averaged 4.49 percent and the 15-year averaged ...


Adversity Gives You Strength

RISMedia, June 11, 2011—How can you stay self-motivated and productive in the midst of turbulent times and a sluggish economy? How do you persevere as a salesperson when times are tough and customers seem to be holding on to every ...


HUD Secretary Announces Disaster Assistance for Illinois Storm Victims

RISMedia, June 11, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Illinois and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following severe storms and flooding during the month of April. ...


Real Estate and Living Media and Smarter Agent Form Strategic Relationship

RISMedia, June 11, 2011—The Real Estate and Living Media (REALM) Network, the online advertising service of the LPS Real Estate Group, recently announced a strategic media relationship with Smarter Agent, a leading mobile real estate application provider. This partnership enables the REALM network to expand its offerings beyond its many ...


Owning a Home Essential to the American Dream, Survey Shows

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—Despite the ups and downs of the housing market, home owners and non-owners alike consider owning a home essential to the American Dream. ...


REALTORS Support Legislation for Comprehensive GSE Reform

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® supports comprehensive reform of America's housing finance market that protects taxpayers and ensures the availability of affordable mortgage credit today and into the future. ...


Changing the Landscape of Commercial Real Estate Technology

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is impacting the commercial real estate industry with technology initiatives that will change the landscape of Web-based services. NAR is bringing together these components to deliver a comprehensive solution for commercial practitioners: CommercialSource.com, ePropertyData (ePD), Real Estate Transaction Standards (RETS), Realtors ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—Mortgage applications decreased 0.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 3, 2011. This week's results include an adjustment to account for the Memorial Day holiday. ...


Fannie Mae Issues Servicing Standards for Delinquent Mortgages

RISMedia, June 9, 2011—Fannie Mae recently issued new standards for mortgage servicers regarding the management of delinquent loans, default prevention and foreclosure time frames under the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Servicing Alignment Initiative. The new standards, reinforced by new incentives and compensatory fees, require servicers to take a more consistent ...