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Remodeling Market Index Reaches Highest Level in Four Years

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—According to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI), the remodeling market is heading into recovery with an increase to 46.5 in the first quarter of 2011 from 41.5 in the fourth quarter of 2010. This marks the highest level for the RMI ...


Home Buyers Shun ‘Fixer-Uppers’

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—(MCT)—In the overheated housing market of five years ago, buyers often felt they had to accept homes in woeful condition. But these days, most look at "as-is" properties and say, "No thanks." "I try to stay away from things that need a lot of work," says Michael ...


HUD Awards Millions to Homeless Programs across Country

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011—Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded more than $216 million to nearly 700 new homeless programs across the country. The grants announced today are $26 million more than last year’s grants and, combined with renewal funding announced earlier this year, represents the most ...


Pending Home Sales Rise Again

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—March saw another increase in pending home sales, with contract activity rising unevenly in six of the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 5.1 percent to 94.1 in March from ...


HUD Awards $23 Million to 22 Local HIV/AIDS Housing Programs

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that more than a thousand extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of $23 million in grants. During each of the next three years, this HUD funding will help ...


Study Examines the Impact of Homebuyer Education and Counseling on Mortgage Performance

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—Potential homeowners who participate in pre-purchase education and counseling programs may be more likely to pay their mortgages on time, although the evidence on this point is not consistent and compelling, according to a study released today ...


The Shifting Landscape of Real Estate: How to Position Yourself to Succeed

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—There was a time not too long ago when the main demographic target of any real estate agent was the generation of Baby Boomers. This was a generation that valued the American dream of owning a home, ...


Mortgage Bankers’ Commercial/Multifamily Originations up 44 Percent

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—Commercial and multifamily mortgage origination volumes increased 44 percent in 2010 over the previous year, with mortgage bankers reporting $118.8 billion of closed commercial and multifamily loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's 2010 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance: Annual Origination Volume Summation. ...


Regional Spotlight: Greater Washington D.C.’s Top ‘Green’ Neighborhoods Unveiled by MRIS

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—As Americans widely embrace the “green revolution,” residents of the greater D.C. area interested in eco-friendly living should check out the newly released Top Green Neighborhood list published by MRIS, the nation’s largest multiple listings service (MLS) which offers nearly 75,000 local homes listings via its consumer ...


Don’t Miss Your Chance to Meet These Incredible Industry Leaders at This Year’s Achieve! Conference

RISMEDIA, April 27, 2011—RISMedia’s Achieve!—Real Estate’s Innovation & Opportunity Conference—will provide the most innovative educational programs and networking opportunities for brokers and agents. Industry experts Dick Schlott, LP Finn and Sherry Chris are among the leading broker panelists who will ...


Sponsor Spotlight: Don’t Miss These Industry-Leading Organizations at Achieve! Conference This May

RISMEDIA, April 27, 2011—Sponsors of RISMedia’s Achieve! – Real Estate’s Innovation & Opportunity Conference—represent the leading companies and organizations in the industry. Each week, we will present a selection of this year’s event sponsors to offer our readers a more in-depth look at these industry leaders that you won’t want ...


Safety First! May Is Building Safety Month

RISMEDIA, April 27, 2011—When you turn on a light switch, do you ever wonder if you'll be electrocuted? Do you constantly worry about your home's roof caving in? Or believe your home's water pipes might be frozen when you turn ...


Spending Smart: Prune Your Landscaping Costs

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—(MCT)—As weather warms in most parts of the country, many homeowners will incur the expense and hassle of hiring professionals to help beautify their yard through grass mowing, landscape design or tree trimming and removal. These specialty services can be quite costly; that's why it's important to ...


Dedicated to Going Green? Follow These 10 Easy Steps

RISMEDIA, April 26, 2011—Given the pressing environmental challenges facing the world, one day just doesn't seem like enough to celebrate the earth and make long-term environmental changes. Why not use this month as inspiration and ...


Clear Capital: Property Condition Inspections Focus on Lending

RISMEDIA, April 26, 2011—Clear Capital recently announced the release of the PCI?the next generation inspection solution that provides the physical condition and characteristics of a property, engineered to supplement Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) in accordance with new requirements set forth by Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines (IAG). ...


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