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NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a free field guide to short sales through NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative, technology tools and savings from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program, and homeownership and stable communities go hand-in-hand. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


Realogy CEO Takes Part in U.S. Government Conference on the Future of Housing Finance

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2010—Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, announced that its chief executive officer Richard A. Smith traveled to Washington, D.C., today to participate in the Conference on the Future of Housing Finance. The invitation-only event is being hosted by Secretary of the Treasury ...


Federal Reserve Issues Final Rule on Loan Originator Compensation

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2010—NAMB applauded the Federal Reserve Board yesterday (FRB) for issuing its final rule changing the way loan originators may receive compensation, as a benefit to consumers, by preventing unfair, abusive, or deceptive lending practices. ...


The Real Estate Book Introduces New Search Tool for House Hunters on the Go, Launches App for iPhone, iTouch, iPad

RISMEDIA, August 18, 2010—More Americans are relying on their mobile devices to access information, quickly and easily. The number of people who sought local information on their smart phones grew 51% last year, with the fastest growing method of accessing this info through downloaded apps.? For on-the-go home buyers, The ...


The Year of the Short Sale: 7 Tips to Finding Your New Home at Discount

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—Real estate professionals nationwide are calling 2010 “the year of the short sale,” where homeowners who owe more on their properties than what they are worth sell at deeply discounted prices—with the blessing of their lender. ...


A Closer Look at Foreclosure Activity

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—More than three years into the housing crisis that helped trigger a worldwide recession, the torrid pace of home foreclosures continues to tear at the core of the American dream. ...


Government to Spend $3 Billion to Help Homeowners

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—The White House said recently it would spend an additional $3 billion to help distressed homeowners in the states with the highest jobless rates to pay their mortgages. ...


Preparing for the Economic Turnaround: RE/MAX Chairman Tells His Brokers What to Focus on to Succeed

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—As the housing market continues its sluggish recovery, brokers should still focus on the basics of recruiting and retaining—but also must take back training and be prepared to work within the distressed property market if they want ...


Strategies for Success: Brokers, Where Are All of Your Internet Leads Going?

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—With the array of products, technologies and systems out there, are you getting maximum benefit from your Internet marketing and personnel investment? Today, many brokerages invest not only in their own Web blog or social media sites, ...


Nearly Half of the Homes on the Market in July 2010 Had Prices Cut, According to ZipRealty

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—The number of price-reduced homes on the market increased 5.3% in July 2010 as compared to June, according to a monthly review of MLS-listed properties within 26 of the country's largest housing markets conducted by the national online real estate brokerage ZipRealty. ...


The Google Pot of Gold That No One Is Claiming

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—When it comes to finding a niche to get in front of real estate buyers and sellers, there are very few to choose from. As we know, most real estate agents currently run print ads in local publications, input listings in their local MLS and try to ...


Really, What Is a Credit Score?

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—If you ask your neighbor, your friends or your banker what a credit score is, you’re likely to get all kinds of answers. Which one is right? ...


Homeownership and Stable Communities Go Hand-in-Hand

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—Homeowners who are more active in their communities benefit from improved education opportunities and report higher levels of self-esteem and happiness when compared to renters, according to leading research. A new report from the National Association of ...


Tenants of Foreclosed Homes often Unsure of Options

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—(MCT)—Erin Kennedy-Florez was 10 months into a one-year lease on a home in Richmond, Calif., when she found a notice on her door saying the home was being foreclosed. ...


Beware of Foundation Problems When Getting Your Home Ready for the Market

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—Selling a house isn't easy these days. There are a huge number of homes on the market, and buyers are easily scared off if they encounter problems that may negatively impact resale value. Among the many issues that need to be addressed in order to make a ...


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