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Impending FHA Changes Underscore Need for Realtors to Stay Apprised of Mortgage Options

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—On October 4, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will implement changes to the premium structures for an FHA-backed mortgage, making it more costly for home buyers to procure FHA loan products. This imminent change in FHA lending, ...


Weekly Video Tip: Neighborhood Video Tours

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—When brokers and agents think of video, the first thing that comes to mind is often a home video tour. And while that’s certainly not a bad idea, another approach can make a major impact as well—and that’s a video tour of the neighborhood. After all, ...


Gap in Mortgage Availability: One Third of Americans Highly Unlikely to Qualify for a Mortgage

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—Nearly one-third of Americans are unlikely to qualify for a mortgage because their credit scores are too low, making homeownership out of reach for many. This is according to an analysis of more than 25,000 loan quotes ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Home, Condo Sales Up in August 2010

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—Sales of existing homes in Florida rose 1% in August 2010, with a total of 13,997 homes sold statewide compared to 13,908 homes sold in August 2009, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. Statewide existing home sales in August increased 3% over statewide ...


First-Time Home Buyers Stoke Demand for Smaller, Less Expensive Homes

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—A growing segment of the housing market—first-time home buyers—are contributing to an increase in demand for smaller and less expensive new homes, according to research from economists at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). ...


HUD Announces New Reverse Mortgage Option

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a new modified version of its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) product. The HECM loan is a reverse mortgage insured by the federal government. It allows older home owners to tap into their equity to cover living expenses and health care ...


4 Tips to Help Harness the Power of Positive Self-Talk

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—In 1957, Earl Nightingale, speaker, author and co-founder of the Nightingale-Conant Corporation, recorded his classic motivational record "The Strangest Secret." "The Strangest Secret" sold over one million copies and made history in the recording industry by being ...


Monday Morning Mobile: HSA Goes Mobile

In today’s changing real estate environment, not only are real estate agents and brokers looking for new ways to reach consumers, but real estate-related firms are looking for the same when it comes to reaching agents and brokers. Firms such as home warranty companies, due to recent HUD rulings, must ...


Finding Success in Today’s Market: Educate, Educate, Educate

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—Educating agents on the realities of today’s market is one of the easiest ways for real estate professionals to drive success to their company. Here, read how Patti Siebold, president/co-owner/operating principal of Keller Williams Realty Premier Partners in Vancouver, Washington, goes above and beyond to make sure ...


The Key to Hyperlocal Marketing

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—The science of hyperlocal marketing requires “feet in the street” to become most effective. A hyperlocal marketing system designed by 1parkplace, for example, includes a strategy that combines offline marketing, online marketing, solid technology and a social media strategy for a brokerage firm to dominate its market. ...


Mobile Real Estate Selected as Mobile Technology Sponsor of CAR Expo

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—Recognizing the giant leap mobile technology and the mobile Web has taken in the past year, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) has selected Mobile Real Estate LLC as its mobile technology sponsor of the 2010 CAR Realtor Expo, scheduled for October 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention ...


Existing-Home Sales Move Up in August

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—Existing-home sales rose in August 2010 following a big correction in July, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 7.6% to a seasonally ...


HUD Offers 19 Million Dollars to Clean Up Hazards in Housing

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering $19.6 million in grants to prevent and correct housing-related health and safety hazards in low-income housing and to support programs for the control of asthma among residents in federally assisted multifamily housing. ...


The Off-Season Audit: How to Take a Guests-Eye View of Your Property

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—It's that time of year again. Summer is gone and the "off season" has begun. Between counting your rental income and planning a few autumn weekends in your vacation home, you may have found yourself wondering how you can shore up more bookings in the future. Vacation ...


Obama Administration September Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Advances in Housing Market; Challenges Remain

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the September edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard), a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The ...


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