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Senate Votes to End Debate on Financial Reforms Bill

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—(MCT)—The Senate has moved one step closer to passing a historic overhaul of the financial regulatory system as it voted 60 to 38 to end debate on the financial bill. ...


Foreclosure Sales Through Multicultural Real Estate Broker Network Top 1 Billion Dollars

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—New Vista Asset Management, the San Diego-based minority-owned firm, has sold 8,146 foreclosed properties totaling $1 billion in sales through its national real estate broker network, the company announced. Sixty-six percent of the listings were marketed and sold by multicultural brokers that are a central focus of ...


1.65 Million U.S. Properties Receive Foreclosure Filings in First Half of 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, recently released its Midyear 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 1,961,894 foreclosure filings—default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions—were reported on 1,654,634 U.S. properties in the first six months of 2010, a 5% decrease ...


For Social Media ROI, Content Rules

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—If we turn the clock back 30 years ago, when we started down this path as real estate agents, it was all about “Call us if you want to sell your home or find a home.” Eventually, ...


Geothermal Heating Systems Help Homeowners Ease Their Carbon Footprint

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—(MCT)—Some homeowners chase down high-tech solar panels and efficient appliances to make their homes environmentally friendly. Others eschew the latest technology in favor of something far more basic: caves. ...


Home Buyers Are Ready to Move from the Sidelines: Survey

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—Are more Americans positioning themselves for home purchase? Although May's data showed that home sales were down 26.8% as the home buyer tax credit concluded, a new survey conducted by Relocation.com suggests some families are opting for renting while they research—cash in hand—for deals on a new, ...


Simple Truths about Selling Real Estate – Getting Back to Basics

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—There are simple truths about selling real estate, truths that exist whether real estate sales activity is brisk or slow. Some real estate professionals might refer to these truths as Real Estate 101 or even something as simple as getting back to, or paying attention to, the ...


From Townhouse to Rental Studio: Downsizing Makes Sense

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—(MCT)—Courtney Zinter doesn't have a big house with rooms full of stuff, a fancy car or a manicure habit. But she still has it all. Just not how the Joneses next door would define it. With a ...


Weekly Video Tip: Zi8 Review

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—Those high-tech, palm size camcorders keep getting better and better. They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to use and perfect for showcasing your listings, your neighborhood, your satisfied clients and even yourself! ...


Snapshot of the Green Home Market

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—Availability of loans, interest rates, tax credits, home affordability, and general economic conditions all influence housing trends. However, the primary factor affecting growth of green homes in any given area depends on where local government, designers, builders, and consumers are in their green education, adoption, and implementation. ...


Realtors Federal Credit Union Introduces New ‘Partner Program’ for Large Brokerages and Associations

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—Introduced in May 2009, REALTORS® Federal Credit Union (REALTORS® FCU) understands the work habits and lifestyles of busy real estate professionals. As a virtual credit union, Realtors FCU is always open, giving you and your agents the freedom to manage your finances—when and where you want. Realtors ...


FHA Announces ‘First Look’ Initiative to Help Communities Stabilize Neighborhoods Hard-Hit by Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new initiative that gives state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations participating in HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) preference to acquire homes from the Department's inventory of foreclosed properties, commonly known as "HUD homes." The initiative ...


Is it Time for a Marketing Reboot?

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—“Real estate has shifted.” ...


For Your Clients: 12 Tips to Make Your Move Simple and Stress-Free

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—(MCT)—Packing your belongings and moving is often fraught with high emotions and involves a to-do list a mile long. So, it's tempting to give only passing attention to hiring a mover and the related incidental costs. That ...


Op-Ed: The Role of Appraisal Inflation in Loan Securitization

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—Street level appraisers have been getting a lot of heat for their role in the rise and collapse of real estate values and most of it is unfair. Without exception, every appraiser I have ever met was professional, direct, and considered the facts when arriving at his ...


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