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Real Estate Trends Archive


Real Estate Agents Shoulder Small-Business-Owner Burden

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—(MCT) —Eight out of 10 real estate agents are independent contractors, not salaried or commissioned employees. Which means that a real estate agent can be described as a small businessperson, says Walt Molony, spokesman for the National Association of REALTORS®. Or, in the view of the IRS, ...


Seasonal Home Price Increase Underway in May 2011

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—Data through May 2011, released recently by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed a second consecutive month of increase in prices for the 10- and 20-City Composites. The 10- and 20-City Composites were up 1.1% and 1.0%, ...


Veterans and Active Duty Can Get Financial Help When Buying Their First Home

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families, is offering financial help to eligible first-time home buyers through its Dream ...


New Book Shares Valuable Lessons about Positivity, Selling in a Down Market

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—A new book, written by Stacey Alcorn, highlights ways in which anyone can turn their business around with the right attitude. The fictional story is about Barney, a 19-year real estate veteran stuck in a down market, who has been feeding off the negative outlook portrayed by ...


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

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: help sellers make the best decisions with the NAR Guide to Home Selling, Learn how REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner Victor O. Schinnerer & Company helps members with E&O insurance, and the Home Ownership Matters bus is hitting ...


Refinance Applications Surge in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2011—Mortgage applications increased 15.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 15, 2011. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Celebrates Third Anniversary with Significant Growth, Momentum, Recognition

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011— Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate LLC is celebrating its third anniversary with a growing network of 6,858 agents across 198 offices in 22 states. Since launching the franchise in July 2008, the lifestyle real estate brand has continued to grow significantly and maintain exciting momentum ...


California REALTORS® Applaud New Law on Short Sales

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011—(MCT)—Under a new state law, any lender who agrees to a short sale—which by definition will yield insufficient funds to cover the outstanding loans on a property—must accept it as payment in full for all loan balances. ...


June Existing-Home Sales Slip on Contract Cancellations, but Prices Stabilize

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011— Existing-home sales eased in June as contract cancellations spiked unexpectedly, although prices were up slightly, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Condo Sales, Median Price Up in June 2011

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011—Florida’s existing condo sales rose 8 percent in June with a total of 7,922 units sold statewide compared to 7,330 sold in June 2010, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. The statewide existing condo median sales price last month was $94,100; a year ...


Prudential Network Realty Executives Travel to Hawaii for Prestigious Company Award

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011— Prudential Network Realty, a member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), was recently honored as one of the Top 50 companies from within the Prudential Real Estate network at the Gibraltar Circle Conference in Maui, Hawaii. The Jacksonville real estate firm received the esteemed Gibraltar ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Special Delivery

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2011—Have you ever received something in the mail that you weren’t expecting? If you have, and it was not a bill but something that you actually wanted, then you know how nice it feels to get something you otherwise didn’t think you were going to receive. Using ...


RE/MAX, LLC names EquityLock Solutions an Approved Supplier of Home Price Protection™

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2011— RE/MAX recently named Denver-based EquityLock Solutions as an Approved Supplier of Home Price Protection, which helps minimize the risk of real estate price fluctuations within local markets. Through this program, RE/MAX agents in the U.S. would be able to offer their clients this exclusive protection program. ...


Deficit Compromise Opens the Door for Huge Cutbacks in Mortgage Deduction

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2011—The “Gang of Six” compromise on the federal deficit that has been endorsed by President Obama mandates the most significant reductions in the mortgage interest deduction in the 98 years it has been in effect. ...


Regional Spotlight: Favorable Prices Motivate Bay Area Homebuyers

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2011—Investors bearing cash and traditional home buyers confident about their jobs took advantage of some of the most favorable home prices in years during the second quarter of 2011, sparking double-digit increases in the number of homes sold compared with the prior quarter in all nine San ...


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