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Real Estate Trends Archive


Housing Crisis Likely to Drag Down Credit Scores

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2010—(MCT)—For countless Americans struggling to make their mortgage payments, the problems have just begun. ...


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

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: REALTORS® Federal Credit Union introduces a partner program for large brokerages; save 10% off all paint coatings with REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Lowe’s; and sign up today for the Generation Buy course at the 2010 REALTORS® Conference ...


Regional Spotlight: May 2010 Home Sales Jump 39 Percent in Connecticut

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2010—Sales of single-family homes in Connecticut surged 39% in May 2010, posting the sharpest increase in sales year-over-year for the month of May in more than two decades, according to the latest report by The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record. ...


What are Companies’ Top Concerns for Relocating Employees over the Next Decade?

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2010—A new report from Brookfield Global Relocation Services concludes that the coming decade will be a critical one for companies with international workforces, as they grapple with several key issues, including the changing nature of temporary assignments, so-called “cross-border” commuters and emerging markets. ...


Home Buyers Who Missed 8,000 Dollar Tax Credit Coming Out Ahead

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—(MCT)—Home shoppers who missed the April 30 deadline for a housing tax credit might have the last laugh. For a variety of reasons, they could end up saving more than the $8,000 they could have received from ...


Weekly Video Tip: Video Shooting Acronym

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—The popularity of those palm size video recorders continues to grow. In the last month, we’ve seen several new models and brands hit the market. They’re especially popular with real estate agents who can now shoot their own home tours quickly and inexpensively. ...


Predictive U.S. National Real Estate Confidence Index Rises 0.70 Percent in June 2010

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—United States real estate broker and agent forward-looking confidence edged higher in Point2 Technologies’ monthly Real Estate Confidence Index (RECI) survey in June 2010, rising 0.70% to 5.76 on the RECI scale of 1-10, versus last month. Relatively strong long-term optimism sent the Index’s 12-18 month optimism/pessimism ...


Understanding the Role of Predatory Lending in Debt Securitization

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—Because large financial institutions spend money on elections and advertising, they are able to control the dialogue and thus have been able to deflect any sort of accountability for the foreclosure epidemic they designed and executed. ...


Mortgages Can Help, Rather Than Hinder, Finances

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—(MCT)—While most financial-savvy consumers do their best to avoid debt, one debt that is unavoidable to many families is a mortgage. Because many of us feel more in control of our home and expenses without a mortgage, a common question is whether to pay it off as ...


Appraisal Institute Applauds Financial Reform Bill, Calls on Congress to Pass Final Version

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—Real estate appraisal provisions in the final version of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, completed by Congress on Friday, should mean more reliable home appraisals for consumers, the Appraisal Institute said. The Appraisal Institute is one of the nation’s largest professional organizations of ...


The Century 21 System Upgrades Mobile Real Estate Experience with Dynamic iPhone App

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organizations announced the release of its new iPhone app. The Century 21 iPhone app automatically provides mobile users with property listings, open house information and Century 21 office locations. It ...


PCMS Consulting Launches Camp REinvent Summer Webinar Series

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—PCMS Consulting announced its Camp REinvent Summer Webinar Series. The company will be hosting ten free, 30 minute webinars focused on broker reinvention through Internet marketing and recruiting efforts. ...


Coldwell Banker Announces New Master Franchisor in France; Company Will Also Expand Brand into Monaco

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2010—Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC announced the signing of a master franchise agreement with Demeure S.A. to expand the Coldwell Banker brand in France and into Monaco. With the addition of Monaco, the Coldwell Banker network now extends to 50 countries and territories worldwide on a combined ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Take a Look at the Often-Overlooked

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2010—With all the excitement surrounding the iPhone 4’s release last week and simultaneous headlines about new Android devices on the way, no one seems to be paying any attention at all to the old faithful Blackberry. Those paying attention would know that in the first quarter ...


Low Mortgage Rates Not Enough to Lure Potential Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2010—(MCT)—Mortgage rates have tumbled to record lows, but high unemployment and job jitters by still-working Americans mean the milestone is unlikely to attract enough borrowers to boost the unsteady housing market, economic and real estate professionals say. ...


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