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Housing Finance Market Reform Must Ensure Mortgage Affordability

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Reforms to America's housing finance market must ensure a reliable source of affordable mortgage lending for creditworthy consumers. That's according to REALTORS® and other industry insiders who examined the federal government's future role in the secondary mortgage market at the "Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac: Obama Options ...


New Data from NAHB Breaks down Housing Affordability by Race/Ethnicity

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—According to new data released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), stark contrasts exist in housing affordability between major races and ethnic groups across the United States. The NAHB’s quarterly index, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), which measures housing affordability in metropolitan areas ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: ‘Growing Your Business in Tough Times: Shifting Strategy is Key’

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011—As brokers, most of us have reined in spending over the last couple of years—pared travel expenses, consolidated office space, out-sourced some basic services. We’ve been doing what it takes to stay afloat in a down market aggravated by what seems like a prolonged poor economy. But ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in Most States in First Quarter

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— Existing-home sales continued to recover in the first quarter with gains recorded in 49 states and the District of Columbia, while 22 percent of the available metropolitan areas saw prices rise from a year ago, according to the latest survey by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Spring Breathes Life into Prices

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— A seasonal uptick in both median prices and inventory has appeared in most metropolitan areas across the country, contradicting earlier price reports, according to Altos Research’s 20-city Composite trends data in April. Price increases are apparent in 24 of the 26 tracked markets, and inventory increases ...


HUD and German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development Agree to Cooperate On Sustainability

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is working to promote sustainability in this country, the Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) is pursuing a set of similar goals in the Federal Republic of Germany. Today, both agencies signed a Joint ...


Home Alone Home Listed For Sale at $2.4 Million

RISMEDIA, May 11, 2011—Luxury market homebuyers looking for a piece of cinematic history and refined Georgian charm need look no further than the new-to-market Winnetka home for sale. Featured in the family movie, Home Alone, this stately home is listed ...


75 Percent of Refinancing Homeowners Maintain or Reduce Debt in First Quarter

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) released the results of its first quarter refinance analysis showing homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their fiscal house: ...


Why Video…Why Now?

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—They say the only constant in life is change. And when it comes to real estate marketing, those changes are coming fast and furious. A few years ago, few people had even heard of blogging, Facebook, or Twitter. And one of the biggest changes of all—online video—had ...


RealTown Announces Poll Results of National Association of REALTORS Membership Fee Increase Proposal

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—RealTown®, home of the oldest online real estate community, recently released the results of an online poll conducted amongst its community members to gauge REALTOR® and real estate industry participants’ acceptance of the National Association of REALTORS®’ proposed $40.00 annual fee increase to support its new Political ...


When a Mortgage Puts a Home Buyer at a Disadvantage

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—(MCT)—For home buyers who need to finance their purchase using a mortgage, a cash buyer can be their worst enemy. ...


Stumped Builders Adjust Their Designs

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—(MCT)— With new-home sales at historical lows, builders are doing a lot of head-scratching about what kind of houses buyers want.Changing demographics and tougher lending standards are influencing their decisions, too. The industry is trying to get a handle on where home designs are headed after the ...


HUD Offers Grants to Clean Up Health Hazards in Housing

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that it is offering $2.5 million in grants to improve and develop methods and knowledge for detecting and controlling lead-based paint and other housing-related health and safety ...


Effectively Implementing Social Media Marketing

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2011—There is no question that social media has forever changed our world. Facebook, Twitter and countless other social media titans have swept our society, changing the ways businesses market themselves and dynamically influencing how those businesses communicate with their consumers. This is especially true for the real ...


April Storms Bring May Floods

RISMEDIA, May 6, 2011—Severe weather continues to be a concern for many areas in the United States. The weather system which leveled parts of the southeast last week also dumped record rainfall from Arkansas to Vermont. Additional rainfall has some ...