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March Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Need to Advance Market Stabilization

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have released the March edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard. Officials caution that the latest housing figures underscore fragility in the housing market and the need to continue efforts to ...


New Homes Strengthen Economy Year-Round

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—While the housing industry celebrates “New Homes Month” in April, home builders want Americans to know just how much of a positive, direct impact residential construction has on the U.S. economy throughout the entire year. ...


Reaction Overflows to Fed’s New Mortgage Rules

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—(MCT)—Federal regulators recently asked for public comment by June 10, 2011 on their proposal to require lenders that package mortgages for the secondary market to assume some of the risk of those loans. The regulators didn't need to ask, however, as there has been no lack of ...


NAHREP: Proposed QRM Regulation Will Impact Minority Homebuyers’ Ability to Get Affordable Mortgages

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has recently raised concerns about the proposed regulation by Federal financial regulators that would require a minimum 20 percent down payment for “qualified residential mortgages” (QRMs) that are exempt from mortgage-backed securities risk-retention rules. The 18,000-member trade association ...


Relocation Service Departments: Ideally Suited to Provide Corporate B2B Services

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—Many relocation services departments within real estate brokerages are considering alternative activities as fewer transfers affect traditional services. Less mobility activity doesn’t eliminate the need for corporate services, but may call for new approaches to support B2B ...


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

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: boost your ads with 1,000’s of ready-to-use samples; help protect yourself from identity theft with IdentitySecure; and REALTOR® Magazine is seeking candidates for the 2011 Good Neighbor Awards. ...


NAR Study Finds Americans Prefer Smart-Growth Communities

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, with 56% of respondents preferring smart growth neighborhoods over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation. That's according to a recent study, the Community Preference Survey, by the National ...


Grow Your Referral Business with Exceptional Customer Service

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—While growing your real estate business may be a daunting task in today’s real estate market, it is important that real estate professionals take advantage of referrals that come from past clients. Here, Lisa Monti, director of REALTOR® Sales, Stewart Title Company discusses how exceptional customer service ...


REISA Symposium Offers Insight into FINRA Regulations

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—The Real Estate Investment Securities Association (REISA) recently hosted its 2011 Spring Symposium, which drew more than 400 attendees to hear the latest FINRA updates. More than 400 industry professionals, including 100 broker-dealer and RIA companies attended the 2011 Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Irvine in Southern ...


Can You Trust Your Geek? 4 Tips to Successfully Choosing a Vendor to Power Your Mobile Solution

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011—First, let me start off by saying I am a hybrid geek and proud of it. And in this day and age, with computers, tablets and phones changing as fast as they do, who doesn’t want to ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #11 – Taking Profits

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011– Fast forward to the end of your investment strategy. There are different ways to take the profits, all of them good! ...


Video Tips: Kodak PlayTouch Review

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011—Kodak’s new PlayTouch camcorder makes an ideal pocket-size companion for today’s real estate professional. Whether you’re recording a home video tour, a client testimonial or a quick look around the neighborhood, the PlayTouch offers a host of features to make the job quick and convenient. ...


Rulemaking Could Crimp the American Dream: Broad Homeownership on the Line in Washington This Week

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011—Recently, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation became the first of six government agencies to adopt for public comment a proposed rule concerning risk retention on mortgage-backed securities, as required by section 941 of the Dodd Frank Act. ...


REALTORS® Committed to Fair Housing Throughout the Year

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® will join Americans across the country as they honor Fair Housing Month this April. As one of the leading advocates for homeownership, NAR strongly supports the Fair Housing Act and believes that anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities ...


Buyer’s Market Spurs Confidence in Young Professionals and Affluent Homeowners

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011—As the cold temperatures become a distant memory, and the spring selling season gains momentum, consumers have come to agree on one thing—now’s a good time to get off the fence and into the real estate market. ...


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