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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 ...


American Dream of Homeownership as Means of Saving and Investing No Longer Valid

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—(MCT)—Homeownership, long trumpeted as the American dream, has turned into a nightmare for many, especially those whom life has dealt unexpected blows. Secure in their jobs, with plenty of savings and good health when they bought their ...


A Recipe for Success

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—Finding success in today’s real estate market is proving to be a challenge to real estate professionals across the board. Here, Maurice Vaughn, CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Hometown Connection in Clarksville, Tennessee discusses how he has set his company up for success in today’s ...


HUD Allocates 50 Million Dollars in Disaster Recovery Grants to Three States Severely Impacted by Storms and Floods

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Shaun Donovan allocated $50 million in disaster funding slated for Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The supplemental disaster funding, provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, will help support the long-term disaster recovery and critical infrastructure needs in ...


ZipRealty Releases Inaugural “Sale Rack Report” Identifying Country’s Most Discounted Homes

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—Retailers aren't the only ones slashing prices this fall to attract shoppers. National real estate brokerage ZipRealty's inaugural Sale Rack Report finds that many home sellers are aggressively reducing their asking prices, some by more than two thirds of the original list prices and tens of thousands ...


Housing Starts Jump 10.5 Percent in August 2010

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—(MCT)—New housing starts surged 10.5% in August 2010 to the highest level since spring, but the activity was driven by a sharp spike in apartment construction, government data showed. Housing starts rose in August to an annualized ...


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