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Don’t Fall Short: Follow This Path to Successful Short Sales

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—Short sales aren’t what they used to be. Gone is the long and complex process that often confused and frustrated both buyers and sellers. Today, mortgage lenders—along with the federal government—have streamlined short sales to make them ...


This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMedia, June 29, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: get the pulse of the marketplace with the “2010 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers,” new mobile app for REALTORS® from REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Lowe’s, and NAR urges regulators to reconsider on the Qualified Residential ...


New HUD Study: $26 Billion in Major Repairs Needed in Public Housing

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released a study that finds the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units need an estimated $25.6 billion for large scale repairs. This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for ...


NAHB Study Finds Loan Limit Declines a Discouraging Prospect for Recovering Housing Market

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—A drop in some mortgage loan limits for the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration scheduled to occur on Oct. 1 will reduce housing demand and place downward pressure on ...


Regional Spotlight: REALTORS Visit Beacon Hill to Push for Increased Licensing Requirements and the Defeat of Transfer Taxes

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—Approximately 55 members of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) recently traveled to Boston to participate in the 26th annual "REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill" activities conducted by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) on June 8, 2011. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Opportunities for Real Estate Investors

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com recently appeared on Fox Business explaining why Phoenix, Dallas and Pittsburgh are great cities to invest in. ...


4 Green Education Conversation Starters

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—Do you know people with college-bound kids? If so, then you know that one obsession revolves around the higher education process. ACT scores, their kids' chance of getting into their first-choice school, and the grand college tour ...


Weekly Video Tip: Shooting Extra Video

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—When it comes to shooting video, being quick on the trigger can have its downside. We all know those so-called Kodak moments can appear in a split second, and there’s no substitute for having the camcorder ready to roll. But anticipating what’s about to happen can pay ...


Is It Time to Redesign Your Site?

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—(eM+C)—Before you commit to redesigning your website, you should first understand why you’re doing it and if now is the right time. Budget, deadlines, resources, features, content, platform changes, brand perception and search engine optimization implications are ...


Experts Agree Prices Have Bottomed Out and Will Stay There

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—A significant majority of the 108 economists and experts participating in MacroMarkets’ June Price Home Expectations panel believe that the bottom for home prices arrived in the first quarter or will arrive sometime before year-end. ...


Are You a Bridge Builder?

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011—"Biography" is one of my favorite TV shows because it pays tribute to the accomplishments of well-known, successful men and women. I gain insight and inspiration from their stories of achievement and personal triumph over adversity. I ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Did You Catch That?

Imagine releasing millions of butterflies into the sky and using your iPhone to catch them. Sounds a bit farfetched right? Well that’s exactly what Mobile Art Lab did when they released their iPhone application, iButterfly, in Japan. This app uses augmented reality to display different butterflies based on where you ...


Builders Back Reauthorization of Flood Insurance Program

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011— The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently expressed support for a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to ensure that the federally-backed flood insurance program remains efficient and effective in protecting flood-prone ...


FHFA House Price Index Rises 0.8 Percent in April; First Monthly Increase Since May 2010

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011—U.S. house prices rose 0.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from March to April, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index. The previously reported 0.3 percent decrease in March was revised to a 0.4 percent decrease. ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011— Mortgage applications decreased 5.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 17, 2011. ...


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