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FHA Launches Short Refinance Opportunity for Underwater Homeowners

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2010—In an effort to help responsible homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their property, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently provided details on the adjustment to its refinance program, ...


If We Knew Then What We Know Now

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2010—Last week brought to a close another year in my life. I can’t say that I celebrated, but I marked the occasion as I normally do with some reflection on the journey up to this point. ...


Looking Toward the Future – What’s Next for Housing Finance, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2010—(MCT)—With the overhaul of financial regulation in the bag, the Obama administration will focus next on housing finance with an eye to deciding the fate of mortgage finance titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. ...


Negative Equity Falls in Second Quarter 2010; National Home Values Update

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—Home values in the United States continued to decline in the second quarter of 2010, with the Zillow Home Value Index falling 3.2% year-over-year and 0.6% from the first quarter to $182,500. The national rate of decline decelerated from the first quarter, marking the second consecutive quarter ...


How Important Changes to Mortgage Underwriting May Affect Many Buyers

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—The real estate industry and especially the mortgage industry have been overwhelmed with changes, regulations and consolidations recently. In the last couple of months, many transactions nationally have experienced delayed closings or worse as a result of ...


The New Economic Realities of Today’s Real Estate Brokerage Firm

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—The last five years have been a roller coaster ride for real estate brokerage firms both nationwide and here in Florida. Today's broker must balance the consumer and associates needs while maintaining profitability. ...


How to Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates and Generate Better ROI, Part 1

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—(eM+C)—Conversion optimization is the process of testing your website and landing pages to improve conversion rates. The real estate industry average conversion rate sits between 2% and 4% percent, but organizations with conversion optimization programs in place are increasing their conversion rate as much as 10 times ...


How to Answer 5 Common Questions Homeowners Have about Default

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—With so many homeowners facing tough decisions about their mortgages in or approaching default, questions abound about how to best handle the complex situation with the bank lenders they’re indebted to. To help clarify such confusion and shed light on optimal homeowner options, real estate finance expert ...


NCOA Brochure and Assessment Tools Now Required for Those Seeking Reverse Mortgages

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now requires all HUD-approved reverse mortgage counselors to provide their clients with the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) 28-page consumer booklet on reverse mortgages. In addition, counselors must ...


Building a Toolbox for Success

RISMEDIA, August 7, 2010—From using the latest gadgets and tools to communicating with buyers online, today’s successful agents are maximizing technology to build their business. And buyer’s agents are no exception. A recent REBAC member survey showed that more than ...


Avoid Decorating Faux Pas by Featuring Your Space Properly

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—(MCT)—One of the mysteries of space—we're talking real-world living space, not the cosmos—is that perfectly sound logic often leads to an illogical aesthetic. We all occasionally make cringe-worthy decorating mistakes. If you are in the process of ...


Homeowners Continue to Chase the ‘American Dream’

RISMEDIA, August 6, 2010—(MCT)—Bruce Baldwin is well past the "extreme excitement" he felt when he became a first-time homeowner three years ago. In fact, the cabinetmaker has now joined thousands of homeowners who face foreclosure. He says he feels so ...


4 Simple Tips to Building an Integrated Marketing Plan

RISMEDIA, August 6, 2010——I was so excited when my husband went to a search engine optimization (SEO) conference and one of the sessions was about integrated marketing. I thought to myself, “Wow, it’s not just me who thinks this is ...


Greening the MLS

RISMEDIA, August 6, 2010—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR’s) Green REsource Council teamed up with a number of green industry groups and real estate associations earlier this year and developed guidelines and a tool kit to help local MLSs green their systems. ...


Point2 Technologies’ U.S. National Real Estate Confidence Index Dips in July 2010

RISMEDIA, August 6, 2010—Forward-looking real estate broker and agent confidence in the United States fell by 8.85% in July 2010 compared to June, and set a new low on Point2 Technologies’ Real Estate Confidence Index (RECI). The RECI, which surveys and tracks broker and agent forward-looking sentiment of the real ...


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