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Recovery Act’s Homebuyer Tax Credit Can Immediately Help Thousands of First-Time Homebuyers

RISMEDIA, June 1, 2009-Speaking to the National Association of Home Builders Spring Board of Directors Meeting, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will allow homebuyers to apply the Obama Administration's new $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit toward the purchase costs of ...


The Key Numbers You Must Track to Sell More Homes

RISMEDIA, June 1, 2009-When I first got into real estate sales, I copied other agents and simply hoped for the best. ...


New-Home Inventories Continue Shrinking In April

RISMEDIA, June 1, 2009-The number of newly built single-family homes on the market shrank to 297,000 units in April, thinning supplies to their lowest level since May 2001, according to government figures. The report noted that the pace of new-home sales held virtually even with the previous month, at a ...


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

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS include: NAR offers members affordable guaranteed-acceptance limited health insurance; A May technology update from the Right Tools, Right Now initiative; and NAR grants support local affordable housing initiatives. ...


Generation Y – An Opportunity and a Challenge

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-Born between 1978-1987 (now 22-31 years old), the Millennial Generation number 72 million strong in the U.S. and 2 billion globally-an increasingly powerful economic force. For many real estate professionals, future success will depend on successfully adapting sales and marketing strategies to fit the needs and desires ...


RE/MAX Warns of Fraudulent Money Scam

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-RE/MAX International Inc. is alerting affiliates and consumers across the country of a money scam that uses the name of the Denver-based real estate network as the source of a fraudulent sweepstakes and lottery drawing. ...


RE/MAX Agents Master Today’s Market with Certified Distressed Property Expert Designation

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-The government has announced a new plan to streamline the short sale process and in response, RE/MAX International Inc., has launched a national training tour that will bring the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) program to professional real estate agents in more than a dozen cities in ...


Will Downpayment Assistance Help the U.S. Housing Market?

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-With home prices falling nearly 20% in the first quarter of 2009, Ann Ashburn, president of AmeriDream outlined four reasons why the U.S. economy and the next generation of homeowners would benefit from downpayment assistance funded in part by sellers (DPA). Congress is currently considering H.R. 600, ...


Learn How to Generate Referrals and Boost Your Commissions at This Year’s Referral Expo

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® has been selected as a major sponsor of the Referral Expo 2009, a virtual event that commenced on Monday, May 18th and will run through Friday, May 29th. ...


Mortgage Rates Rise Slightly Across Nation

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages increased last week to 5.02%, up from 5.00% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate Web site Zillow.com. Meanwhile, rates for 15-year fixed ...


Home Warranty of America Continues to Experience Positive Financial Results in 2009

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-Despite a challenging real estate market, Home Warranty of America (HWA) reports it continues to grow at a steady rate annually. For the first quarter of this year, the company's growth has been more than six percent. HWA expects to end 2009 with double-digit growth as it ...


Consumer Confidence Index Increases to Highest Level in Eight Months

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved considerably in April, posted another large gain in May. The Index now stands at 54.9 (1985=100), up from 40.8 in April. The Present Situation Index increased to 28.9 ...


Commercial Tenants – Should You Buy Now?

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-In most communities, there is a high vacancy rate in the commercial sector. Not only have lease rates fallen dramatically, but there are also a number of unique ownership opportunities that have resulted from the economy and as a result of new urban planning. Many businesses have ...


New Rules Imposed on Credit Card Industry Aim to Help Consumers

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-(MCT)-President Obama recently put forth law designed to rein in a credit card industry widely condemned for snaring consumers in financially crippling traps. ...


Secretaries Chu and Donovan Sign Agreement to Help Working Families Weatherize Their Homes

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu recently announced an important step forward in the partnership between HUD and DOE to streamline and better coordinate federal weatherization programs. These efforts will make it easier ...


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