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Fannie Mae and Its Lenders Financed Approximately 17 Billion Dollars in 2010, Ensuring Reliable, Sustainable Liquidity to the Multifamily Rental Housing Market

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—Fannie Mae, a leading source of multifamily mortgage financing for workforce rental housing announced that in 2010, the company, in conjunction with its lender and housing partners, provided $16.9 billion in debt financing for the rental housing market, through approximately 2,300 multifamily mortgage loans for 306,000 rental ...


5 Questions to Ask When Booking a Vacation Rental

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—From Pittsburg to Green Bay and beyond, the word is out: vacation rentals offer a travel lifestyle unlike any other, providing unmatched space, amenities, services and privacy. In fact, the customizable vacation possibilities are endless, according to experts from Discover Vacation Homes, a resource for vacation rental ...


Survey: One-Stop Shopping Still Going Strong

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Harris Interactive partnered again to conduct a public opinion study of consumer preferences when it comes to real estate services to see if home buyers’ perceptions have changed given the ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Coordination and Integration

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—When I first graduated college and worked in the financial services industry, one of the best terms I ever heard was "coordination and integration." We used the term to describe how our financial instruments would work in conjunction with one another for the benefit of the client's ...


Tips to Keep in Mind If You’re Thinking about becoming a Real Estate Investor

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—With homeownership dropping and rental vacancy rates rising, it is clear many Americans are looking to make a change to renting instead of owning their home. Currently, homeownership levels are at 66.5%, the lowest they've been since ...


Fed Not Ready to Curb Stimulus Measures, Bernanke Says

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—(MCT)—Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won't pull back the central bank's easy money policies any time soon, even as the government is expected to report positive job growth. ...


REALTORS® Praise FHFA for Proposed Rule to Prohibit Private Transfer Fees

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for moving ahead with a proposed rule to restrict government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants. ...


Maximize Your Smartphone for Marketing with Groups

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—Most of us have some brand of smartphone, whether it’s an Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or another brand. These phones can be powerful marketing tools if you maximize your utilization of their features. One feature we want to ...


Estimated 1.76 Million Mortgages Modified Last Year

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—(MCT)—Mortgage loan servicers negotiated 1.76 million permanent loan modifications for homeowners last year, but more than two-thirds of them were completed in-house and not as part of the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program. ...


Sunshine State Rebranding Attempts to Attract New Residents

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—(MCT)—Faced with a dramatic decline in the number of Americans moving to Florida, community boosters are promoting the Sunshine State as a cluster of research and technology, not just a balmy place to live. ...


Improve Your Selling Skills and Improve Your Sales

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—I have done a lot of selling over the past 35-plus years—cumulatively at least a few hundred million dollars in personal selling. The largest single sale was a $1.5 million apartment building in the 1980s. ...


New Variety of Reverse Mortgage Aims to Cut Costs

RISMEDIA, February 4, 2011—(MCT)—Reverse mortgages allow seniors to use their home equity while staying in their homes, but have been criticized for their high upfront fees, among other things. ...


Chase Expands Efforts to Keep People in Their Homes; Increases Number of Chase Homeownership Centers by 50 Percent

RISMEDIA, February 4, 2011—Chase announced plans to add 25 new Chase Homeownership Centers in 19 states this year, expanding its program to provide borrowers in the hardest-hit communities with the knowledge and resources they need to explore all the ways they can stay their homes. This investment will bring the ...


Stress Management Tips to Help Achieve Peak Performance

RISMEDIA, February 4, 2011—Architects and structural engineers get paid big bucks to design buildings strong enough to withstand the damaging impact brought on by Mother Nature’s fury. Architects use building codes, blueprints and computer simulations to help them identify and mitigate stress-fatigue factors, which might contribute to the collapse of ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are You Afraid to Be Successful?

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2011—In my 14-plus years of coaching real estate agents to be successful, I have uncovered that many people have a deep-seated fear of success. When I probe for the reasons behind this fear of success, the pattern ...


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