Real Estate Trends Archive
RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—(MCT)—The 4.5% fixed-rate mortgage is here, although more than 14 months late. That magic number, or a close approximation, was reached recently, when Freddie Mac reported a 30-year rate of 4.54%. The possibility first arose in early 2009, when the government began mass-purchasing mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to prop up housing. Just about everyone predicted the rates would hit what builders and real estate agents call a "sweet spot" in a few months, and the housing recovery would begin, especially if consumer confidence had recovered to prerecession levels as well.
RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—Whether you’re in real estate, tourism, marketing, or even fund raising, your video camera can become a powerful tool for recording interviews of all kinds. From testimonials and product reviews to endorsements and instructions,
RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—When it comes to selling real estate, one thing that everyone can agree on is that the Internet plays a major role in the success of a real estate business in 2010. According to NAR statistics, over 85% of home sales begin on the Internet
RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—Last week I had two opportunities to experience America’s foreclosure crisis up close and personal. The first was a continuing education program for attorneys who represent or intend to represent homeowners fighting unlawful
RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—Back before Homeland Security began tracking such things, many undocumented immigrants have made Arizona their home, buying houses using an ITIN number or a fake social security number. Right or wrong, these people are invested
RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—The economy is stabilizing and home prices are holding. It's not just as good a time as ever to buy a house—it's one of the best times ever. ...
RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—The lending landscape has changed quite drastically over the past several years. Practices, approvals and standards that were once widely accepted have either vanished or transformed beyond the point of recognition.
RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010— Last week in our conversation with John Packes, director of product development for Mobile Card Cast, New York (www.MobileCardCast.com) we looked at the differences between developing for the traditional Web and Mobile Web. What we uncovered is that from a conceptual and information architecture standpoint, the ...
RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—(MCT)—As we exit the era of the McMansion and begin to embrace the concept of the "big-enough" home, we need to rethink some of our interior-design ideas. ...
RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—(MCT)—Local contractors say a controversial new federal safety rule will increase home-remodeling costs in Manatee County, Florida, but by how much is a matter of debate. Beginning October 1, 2010, contractors will be required to take additional precautions when renovating structures where children could be exposed to lead dust from old paint. The new "lead-safe" practices apply to work on homes, day-care centers and schools built before 1978, when lead paint was banned for residential use because of health risks.
RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—Homeowners who are looking to remodel their kitchen should keep the following factors—that can significantly affect the price of their remodel—in mind as they begin to make plans to upgrade their kitchen.
RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—(MCT)—If you're a baby boomer, the odds are high that you'll exhaust your retirement savings after 10 or 20 years of retirement, according to the latest Retirement Readiness Rating report released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—New homeowners oftentimes stretch themselves financially when having to pay the initial costs that come with purchasing a home. While it is important to focus on these preliminary expenses, homeowners must be aware of the financial
RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—(MCT)—Government cash didn't help John Foley and Cindy Case sell their Minneapolis house before the federal home buyer's tax credit expired at the end of April, so the couple decided to take matters into their own hands.
RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its Midyear 2010 Metropolitan Foreclosure Market Report, which shows 154 of the 206 U.S. metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more posted year-over-year increases in foreclosure activity even while foreclosure activity decreased in nine of the ...