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NAR Hails Bill to Hasten Lender Response to Short Sale Requests

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—Homeowners who are underwater with their mortgage may find that relief is on the way from a bill strongly supported by the National Association of Realtors that would impose a deadline on lenders to respond to short sale requests. ...


A Changing Landscape – Crucial Factors to Keep in Mind before You Decide to Refinance

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—The lowest mortgage interest rates in decades have sent thousands of homeowners eager to refinance their home loans scurrying into lenders' offices. Many leave empty-handed and upset. A multipronged whammy of lower home values, new appraisal guidelines ...


Recruiting the Right Agents via Social Media

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—As real estate professionals continue to integrate social media into their daily business practices, recruiting real estate agents through social networks is quickly becoming the next best practice to get qualified agents into offices. Here, Adam Lerman, national director of recruiting for Century 21 Real Estate, LLC ...


Spending Smart: Plan Ahead for Home Appliance Life Spans

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—Home appliances break and wear out, and many consumers are often surprised, almost as if they expect these machines to last forever. But appliances have life spans. A trash compactor lasts just six years, on average, compared with a gas boiler, which typically lasts 20 years, according ...


Tips to Turn Your Second Home into a Source of Income

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—After a hot summer, it's a relief to step outside to find that autumn breezes have finally arrived. As a second homeowner, you can hardly wait to bask in those calm winds at your beach cottage or ...


Lowe’s, REbuildUSA Launch Program to Support FHA Streamlined 203(k) Loan

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—In today’s housing market, many homes for sale are in need of repairs and renovations. The FHA Streamlined 203(k) program helps add money into a mortgage for repairs and renovations. Lowe’s and REbuildUSA are partnering to bring ...


The MLS Gold Rush – MLS Data to Become Increasingly Valuable

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—In 1848, gold was discovered in the Sierra Nevadas, then a part of Mexico, but soon to become California. From every corner of America, people abandoned livelihoods, hometowns and even families to become newly minted prospectors and ...


4 Reasons Why Buying a Home Now Presents the Opportunity of a Lifetime

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—(MCT)—As the economy continues to suffer and home prices continue to fall, numerous Americans across the country are staying away from the real estate market. But, if you are looking to take advantage of the opportunity of ...


Realogy Urges Congressional Leaders to Take Action on Key Issues Affecting Housing Market

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—Realogy Corporation, one of the largest providers of real estate and relocation services in the United States, announced that it is urging Congress to take immediate action on a number of pressing issues with serious ramifications for the housing market in general, and specifically for the millions ...


Shared Equity Programs Stabilize Neighborhoods and Preserve Affordable Housing

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—(MCT)—As tighter lending requirements make homeownership more difficult, so-called "shared equity" or "long-term affordability" programs are getting more attention from local governments, nonprofits and private foundations. ...


Adequate Reserves Provide Financial Stability

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—The following should be the general theme of the mission of all real estate associations: to provide a consistent level of service(s) to the membership...day after day, month after month, year after year, business and real estate cycle after business and real estate cycle. ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 4% in August 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for August 2010, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 338,836 properties in August, a 4% increase from the previous month but a 5% decrease from August 2009. ...


Real Estate Video Marketing – ‘Land Vlogging,’ a Niche to Invest In

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Land Vlogging: video blogging about land listings. This new term describes the filming of videos of land in your area in order to become the definitive source of this content in your market. Arranging your library of ...


Preparing for the Future – Tips to Reinvent Your Brokerage

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Whether it is always verbalized or not, a common sentiment many brokers and their management teams are grappling with is the realization that they have to do something; they are just not sure what or how soon. Of course, you realize you have to reinvent. In fact, ...


Going Green Helps Save Earth and Household Budgets

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Taking steps to minimize your energy use is not only good for the Earth, but for homeowners as well. While being altruistic and helping a cause generally means giving—not getting—back, going green provides noticeable benefits to everyone. Here, Mike Vazeii, Director or Marketing, American Home Shield discusses ...


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