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Today’s Marketplace Archive


Foreclosure Activity Remains at Record Levels in April

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2009-RealtyTrac, one of the leading online marketplaces for foreclosure properties, released its April 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market ReportTM, which shows foreclosure filings-default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions-were reported on 342,038 U.S. properties during the month, an increase of less than 1% from the previous month ...


Top 5 Home Staging Trends to Help You Compete in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2009-Staging your home before listing it on the market is a crucial step that many homeowners often overlook. While the competition continues to be fierce in today's market, homeowners must take the necessary steps in order ...


5 Tips to Strengthen Corporate Relocation Programs in a Down Economy

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2009-As the global economy remains unsteady, the effects of the credit crunch and rising inflation have placed excessive pressure on corporations to keep business costs - such as relocation programs - to a minimum. ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Increase Slightly during First Week of May

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year mortgages increased slightly last week. Last week's rate was 5.07%, up slightly from 5.05% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com®. Meanwhile, rates for 15-year ...


Is It Time for You to Quit the Real Estate Business?

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2009-I don't think I'd be going too far out on a limb to suggest that there has been a lot of "soul-searching" within the ranks of real estate licensees. ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies – Are You a ‘People Pleaser’ or Are You Committed to ‘Win-Win’?

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2009-The biggest mistake that most real estate agents make in dealing with their clients and colleagues is that they are unconsciously committed to "people pleasing." Being able to recognize the signs of a "people pleaser" is the first step in changing your strategy and the way in ...


Bringing Confidence Back to Banks – 10 Banks Told to Raise $75 Billion to Ensure Survival

RISMEDIA, May 11, 2009-(MCT)-Federal regulators released the final results of their bank stress tests and ordered 10 of the nation's 19 largest banks to raise a total $75 billion in new capital to ensure their survival should the economic downturn worsen. ...


3 Hottest Market Sectors in Florida Include Distressed Sales, First-Time Buyers and Vacation Homes

RISMEDIA, May 11, 2009-Central Florida home sales may still leave a lot to be desired but three market segments are warming up fast, according to Roger Soderstrom, founder and owner of Stirling Sotheby's International Realty in Orlando. ...


Grant Funded Through ‘The Recovery Act’ to Increase Jobs and Provide Boost to Local Housing Economies

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2009-As part of an innovative partnership aimed at job creation and easing the pressures on the housing market, the Department of the Treasury and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) jointly announced programs that will provide billions of dollars in recovery funds to spur the development ...


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

RISMEDIA, May 8, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS include: two important NAR-Sponsored Smithsonian exhibitions; support REALTOR Owned & Operated companies and partners; and REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards seeks candidates. ...


Realtors Urge Congress to Stop Foreclosure Rescue Scams

RISMEDIA, May 8, 2009-Foreclosure rescue scams and other predatory and irresponsible lending practices have been on the rise, negatively impacting families, communities, and the housing market. The National Association of Realtors® recently testified on the importance of protecting homeowners from ...


Apartments.com and CBcampus.com Announce ‘Top Ten Best Cities for Recent College Graduates’

RISMEDIA, May 8, 2009-Thousands of soon-to-be college graduates are planning to relocate this spring. While choosing the best place to settle down can be a daunting decision, the current economic climate has raised the stakes.To provide recent graduates with a reliable resource during a time when they are making "real-world" ...


More Than One Fifth of All American Homeowners Underwater on Their Mortgage

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2009-Home values in the United States fell again in the first quarter, posting a year-over-year decline of 14.2% to a Zillow Home Value Index of $182,378, according to the first quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Reports, which ...


RISMedia’s Top 5 in Real Estate Network Selected as Major Sponsor of 2009 Referral Expo

RISMEDIA, May 7, 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 starts on Monday, May 18th and runs through Friday, May 29th. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2009-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 1, 2009. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 979.7, an increase of 2.0% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 960.6 one week earlier. On an ...


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