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Clear Capital: Impact on Housing from BP Oil Spill Reaches beyond Gulf Coast

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—Clear Capital (www.clearcapital.com), a premium provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment, has released results from its Gulf Coast oil spill impact survey and analysis. Clear Capital is gathering and analyzing data along the Gulf Coast and nearby regions to ...


Regional Spotlight: Is Chicago Area Real Estate Market On Cusp of a Strong Recovery?

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—After a year of bouncing on the bottom, the Chicago housing market is on the verge of a sustained recovery. That's the opinion of Jim McClelland, the founder of Mack Industries, Inc. in Tinley Park, Illinois, a home redevelopment company specializing in bank-owned properties. Mack owns or ...


Reverse Mortgages Pros and Cons

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—(Real Estate Center) — Some parents are warning their kids not to bank on inheriting the homestead. Why? Because some parents are considering a reverse mortgage. Such mortgages may not be beneficial for everyone, but their popularity is definitely on the rise. ...


An Unlikely New Business Buzzword: Why It’s Time to Stop Obsessing Over Numbers and Start Nourishing Your Culture

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—Despite all the hopeful talk of “recovery,” it seems clear that Corporate America is stuck in the recession muck and can’t pull itself out. We’re trying to survive the “new normal”—working twice as hard for the same (or worse) results—and at many companies, the anxiety is almost ...


HUD Secretary Donovan Announces That over 8,000 Affordable Homes Will become More Energy Efficient as a Result of the First 100 Recovery Act Green Retrofit Awards

RISMEDIA, August 21,2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced a major Recovery Act milestone: 100 affordable housing developments, including 8,112 homes, around the country have been awarded more than $100 million to complete energy efficient renovations with Recovery Act funds. ...


Exceeding Expectations: SharperAgent Partners with Shutterfly, Bringing the Best of Online and Print Marketing to Its Clients

RISMEDIA, August 21,2010—As we all know, things change. The market has changed…and, by now, so has the real estate industry’s philosophy on how well the market will truly rebound. Those who have pushed through the market’s toughest times and are succeeding even now have embraced this shift and are making ...


New Rules Limit Too-Low Estimates of Closing Costs

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—(MCT)—Facing new penalties if they lowball estimates of upfront mortgage costs, lenders and brokers appear to be coming clean about how much borrowers will pay. As a result, the so-called good-faith estimates that mortgage providers must give ...


U.S. Census Bureau Releases Detailed Information on Nation’s Housing

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—The nation's homeowners paid a median of $1,000 in monthly housing costs in 2009, compared with $808 for renters, according to data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, renters usually paid a higher percentage of their ...


Habitat Turns Crisis to Advantage by Rehabbing Foreclosures

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—(MCT)—Faced with the realities of the foreclosure crisis, nonprofit homebuilder Habitat for Humanity is adding a piece of equipment in its tool chest: a sledgehammer. After decades of rallying volunteers to build new houses for low-income families, the international nonprofit's Orlando chapter has started using federal funds ...


NRT Announces Executive Appointments

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—NRT LLC, one of the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage companies, has announced the promotion of Kate Rossi to regional executive vice president for the company’s Southeast region. Rossi, who previously served as president of NRT’s Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage company in Connecticut and Westchester County, ...


Vendor News: RES.NET Asset Management Software Completes Data Feed to Bid4Assets.com Auction Platform

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—RES.NET, a leading asset management software company, announced a data integration agreement with Bid4Assets.com, one of the leading online real estate auction companies nationwide. The agreement allows RES.NET’s clients to directly feed real estate property listings to the Bid4Assets.com auction site for additional exposure in liquidating their ...


School Performance Can Increase Home Value and Buyer Interest

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—While millions of Americans throughout the nation prepare for traditional back to school activities, some families are searching for affordable housing based on local schools or desirable school districts. In some cases, proximity to quality schools is ...


Harvard Researcher Shares Insights on Housing Comeback

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—(MCT)—As director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, Nicolas Retsinas has had a front-row seat for the real estate market’s dramatic boom and bust. After 12 years at the center, Retsinas left the director’s ...


1parkplace Offers Broker Webinar on Hyper-Local Marketing

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—1parkplace announces an informative webinar workshop for brokerage leadership that is designed to reveal the secrets to online and offline market domination. ...


Housing Limbo: When Owners Won’t Pay and Banks Won’t Evict

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—(MCT)—Millions of homeowners are trapped in a bizarre real estate limbo, living in houses but no longer paying for them, waiting and wondering if someone will help them — or throw them out. ...


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