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Reviving the Economy – Bailout Funds Remain for Economic Initiatives

RISMEDIA, April 23, 2009-(MCT)-The Obama administration has enough money left for its economic initiatives with $110 billion remaining in the federal financial rescue fund and $25 billion more coming this year as some banks return bailout money, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said. ...


Sun Belt Cities Top List of Nation’s Metro Foreclosure Rates in First Quarter

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2009- RealtyTrac®, one of the leading online marketplaces for foreclosure properties, released its Metropolitan Foreclosure Market Report for Q1 2009, which shows cities in California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona accounted for the 26 highest foreclosure rates in the first quarter among metro areas with a population of ...


30-Year Mortgage Rates Fall Again

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for thirty-year mortgages fell during the past week. Last week's rate was 5.06%, down from 5.10% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com®. Meanwhile, rates ...


5 Tips to Keep in Mind when Applying for an SBA Loan

RISMEDIA, April 21, 2009-Many states within the country, including Arizona and Florida have released figures showing continued decline in SBA backed lending to the state's small businesses, despite recent government stimulus to bolster SBA backed loans. Lenders blame the government strings attached to the program, while small businesses blame stingy ...


Could New Stimulus Plan Actually Cost You Money?

RISMEDIA, April 21, 2009-(MCT)-Wage earners beware: One of the federal government's new tax breaks, designed to put more take-home pay in your wallet now, may take a bite out of your wallet next spring. Under certain conditions, the extra cash ...


Austin Real Estate Gaining Momentum Heading into Spring Buying Season

RISMEDIA, April 21, 2009-According to the March 2009 Multiple Listing Service report by the Austin Board of Realtors®, the volume of single-family home sales in March 2009 was 1,421, down 22% from March 2008, and the median price was $180,160, down 4% over the same time period. ...


‘Green’ Buying Remains Strong

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2009-The economy has not dampened the green commitments of most U.S. consumers, according to a recent national poll in which more than two thirds of those who purchase "green" products or services said their "green" buying habits are unchanged and one quarter said they've actually increased their ...


Economic Downturn Forces Employees to Change Employment Plans

RISMEDIA, April 20, 2009-As the latest state and regional unemployment figures are announced, and last week CEOs at the nation's largest companies predicted more layoffs, a new survey finds 94% of full-time employees willing to save jobs by changing or reducing their schedule, or taking a pay cut. The finding ...


56% of Americans Say News Paints Mixed Economic Picture

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2009-The proportion of Americans saying they are hearing a mix of good and bad news about the economy - rather than mostly bad news - continues to steadily increase. ...


Moving Forward: First-Time Home Buyers Leading the Way

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Despite Economic Conditions, Retirement Plans Seen as Important Benefit

RISMEDIA, April 18, 2009-Amid the growing concerns about the current economy, small business owners continue to recognize that having a solid retirement plan as an important issue both personally and to their employees. ...


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

RISMEDIA, April 17, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: REALTOR® University Launches Discovering Commercial Real Estate; manage your office with NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program; and REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards seeks Candidates. ...


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Helping More Homeowners – Loan Modifications Increasing

RISMEDIA, April 17, 2009-Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac modified nearly 24,000 loans during the fourth quarter of 2008, an increase of 76% over the third quarter. The modifications, along with the suspension of foreclosures that began November 26, reduced the ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 9% in First Quarter

RISMEDIA, April 16, 2009-RealtyTrac®, one of the leading online marketplaces for foreclosure properties, released its U.S. Foreclosure Market ReportTM for Q1 2009, which shows that foreclosure filings - default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions - were reported on 803,489 properties in the first quarter, a 9% increase from ...


Retirement Communities Benefit from Silver Lining in Economic Downturn

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2009-According to a recent national survey of Coldwell Banker® real estate professionals, over half of those who work in popular retirement areas are seeing younger retirees (ages 60 and under) looking to purchase homes in their markets. ...


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