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American Dream of Homeownership as Means of Saving and Investing No Longer Valid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


Considering a Short Sale? What to Keep In Mind as You Begin the Process

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—(MCT)—Bill Joyce starts every short sale journey with "The Speech." In a what's-ahead warning to home buyers, the Roseville real estate broker promises prospective buyers that they will be tested and tortured. They will endure privations beyond ...


Company Spotlight: Lowen Sign Provides Reece and Nichols Price, Quality and Speed It Needs to Thrive

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—Having a strong, reliable partner is something all real estate brokerages hope to have in their vendor relationships. Such is the case with Leawood, Kansas-based Reece and Nichols, which has found a happy home for its sign production with Lowen Sign, located across the state in Hutchinson. ...


HUD Offers 1.68 Billion Dollars in Homeless Assistance Grants to Support Thousands of Local Projects Nationwide

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making available $1.68 billion in homeless assistance grants to thousands of local projects that house and serve homeless persons and families across the country. In its funding announcement, HUD notified applicants that it will rapidly award renewal grants ...


HomeGain Releases 3rd Quarter 2010 National Home Prices Survey Results

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—HomeGain, one of the first companies to provide free instant home valuations online, announced the results of its nationwide 2010 third quarter home prices survey based on the responses of over 1,100 current and former HomeGain members and 2,600 homeowners. ...


Tips to Create an Effective Recruiting Plan

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—There is nothing more effective to increasing a broker’s bottom line than the recruiting of experienced, productive agents. When a broker successfully recruits four or five experienced agents, it can be the financial equivalent to recruiting 25 or more newbies. New agents require a significant investment by ...


4 Reasons Why Vacation Property Owners Should Put Their Rental Fears to Rest

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—Many vacation property owners would like to rent their home out when they're not using it themselves. Problem is, they let their worry about the "what-ifs" override the benefits of collecting all that glorious rental income. Here, Christine Karpinski, director of Owner Community for HomeAway, Inc., and ...


Professionalism: What Is It, and What Can You Do to Improve It in Your Agents?

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—While every industry defines professionalism in a different way, it is crucial that real estate professionals understand how to recognize and encourage professionalism in their agents. In this month’s Power Broker Round Table, industry experts Stephen Baird ...


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