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More Americans Looking for Apartments during First Half of 2010

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2010—More Americans are searching for apartments in 2010 than they have in previous years. Despite ongoing challenges facing the rental industry, Apartments.com and its sister website ApartmentHomeLiving.com marked the first half of the year with record growth. ...


Seniors Embrace Aging in Place

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—(MCT)—The new catch phrase among homeowners is "aging in place." Instead of selling their homes and moving into retirement villages or assisted-living quarters, a growing number of older Americans are modifying their homes to make them more ...


Housing Market Holds Its Own: Life after the Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—The tax credit brought a lot of buyers out last fall and again this spring, which gave a real shot in the arm to real estate. While that heightened volume cannot be sustained, home sales and prices still remain higher than last year due to interest rates ...


U.S. Second Home Sales Increase – Lifestyle and Economical Benefits Attract Vacation Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—While some sectors of the economy struggle to regain solid footing, the vacation home market is enjoying healthy numbers. The National Association of Realtors' (NAR) 2010 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in the U.S. in 2009, shows vacation home sales rose ...


How Financial Reform Impacts Homeowners and Buyers

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—“Homeowners and buyers who are sitting on the sidelines should get moving today, unless they want to get blindsided by the impact of a new law,” said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of the CMPS Institute, an organization that ...


Micro Architecture Challenges the Way We Live

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—(MCT)—There is something bewitching about a tiny house. The mere idea conjures all kinds of things: desires for solitude and escape, romantic notions of Thoreau's pond-side perch, even memories of childhood fairy tales. ...


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 ...


Differences in Home Value Trends by City’s Price Level

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—I thought it was time we revisited the earlier analysis we at Zillow.com did on how home value trends vary by the typical home value of a city. Previously, we found that most metros displayed a pattern in which cities with higher-priced real estate had ...


Appraisal Institute Praises Senate for Passage of Financial Regulatory Reform Bill

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—The Appraisal Institute, one of the nation’s largest professional organizations of real estate appraisers applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a sweeping financial regulatory reform bill that includes the first modernization of real estate appraisal regulations in more than 20 years. ...


Earth-Sheltered Homes Remain Rare, but Advantages Abound

RISMEDIA, July 17, 2010—(MCT)—Down a dirt road and between thickets of trees, Paul Queen lives inside a grassy, man-made hill. Deer try to stroll across his rooftop. Gopher tortoises attempt to tunnel into the walls. ...


Is It Time for a Marketing Reboot?

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


Associations Can No Longer Ignore FHA Approval

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—The screaming and cursing you hear in unit 404 isn’t coming from Mr. Armbrister’s television—Armbrister has just learned that another potential sale of his condominium unit fell through due to the buyer’s inability to obtain financing. In ...


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 ...


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