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Expiring Loan Limits Mean Weaker Housing Demand in the Fall

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—New research from NAHB examines the scope of impact on housing markets from the scheduled October 1, 2011 decrease in the GSE and FHA loan limits. These loan limits determine what types of mortgages may be securitized ...


New Internet TV Show – Northwest Real Estate Forum – Debuts to Guide Real Estate Buyers and Sellers

RISMedia, June 17, 2011—A new Internet TV show called “Northwest Real Estate Forum with Patricia Wangsness” was recently developed to guide residential real estate buyers and sellers to learn about local real estate issues and experts so they can make all the right moves. This initiative is the brainchild of ...


Tough Real Estate Market Inspires Creativity All Around

RISMedia, June 16,2011—(MCT)—The housing market's continuing funk has metro Atlantans using a grab-bag of creative strategies to buy, sell or just tread water so they can make a career move. ...


HUD, VA to Provide Permanent Housing and Case Management to Homeless Veterans

RISMedia, June 16,2011— U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced recently that HUD will provide $5.4 million to public housing authorities in 18 states to supply permanent housing and case management for 676 homeless Veterans in America. This ...


Fannie Mae Expands Incentives for HomePath Properties

RISMedia, June 16,2011— Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced the expansion of incentives to encourage sales of HomePath REO properties to owner occupants. Now through October 31, qualified buyers and selling agents can receive financial incentives on sales of HomePath properties, which can be found at www.homepath.com. The incentives are ...


Regional Spotlight: Real Estate Listing Takes Open House Concept to New Heights

June 16, 2011—As the real estate industry continues its ascent toward recovery, real estate agents continue to find interesting ways to market their listings. Brad Osterbauer with RE/MAX Advantage Plus is doing just that. Osterbauer is hosting a fly-in open house this weekend, Saturday, June 18, for a Lester ...


NRP Group Recognized with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award

RISMedia, June 16,2011— The NRP Group announces that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. This award recognizes the important contribution NRP contractors have made to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by earning more than 75 Energy ...


Improving the Consumer Experience Is Key for Expanding Market Share and Profitability

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The current state of the real estate industry is contingent upon an improved consumer experience, according to experts and panelists, including several members of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), at RISMedia's 2011 Achieve! Conference held in ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: learn how to leverage 65 billion page visits with “Facebook Marketing for Dummies” from the REALTOR.org Store, REALTORS® Core Health Insurance locks their low rates for the second straight year, and REALTORS® support legislation for GSE reform. ...


May Home Prices Spring Back

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—Home sales prices continued a downward trend in May, but only half as far, and half as fast as in April. Clear Capital’s Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report found that national quarter-over-quarter home price declines (-2.3 percent) were reduced by half from last month’s report, helped ...


Homeownership Dream Deserves Protection

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The homeownership rate dropped to 66.4 percent in April 2011, the lowest it’s been since 1998, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some would argue this means owning a home is not as important to Americans as ...


3 Tips for the First-Time Home Seller

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Today's buyer-take-all bonanza is a boon for fence-sitters and buyers with great credit and deep pockets. But sellers are steeling themselves to new realities that include paying (rather than making) money at the closing table, providing extras ...


Tuning into YouTube

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Officially launched in December 2005, YouTube now has over 500 million subscribers worldwide. YouTube receives more than 2 billion viewers per day and is now the second largest search engine in the world (next to Google). ...


Weekly Video Tip: A Closer Look at the Samsung Galaxy S Android

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—The Samsung Galaxy is one of the many newer sleek phones operating on the Android system that is finally reaching the realms of the iPhone world, and some even argue that it’s as good, if not better. With its 4-inch super AMOLED touch screen and new silver ...


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 ...


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