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Jobless Rate Hits 8.5%, but Layoffs May Be Slowing

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2009-(MCT)-Employers shed 663,000 jobs in March, the fifth consecutive month of huge job losses, pushing total U.S. jobs lost in this recession above 5 million and the unemployment rate up four-tenths of a percentage point to 8.5%, the Labor Department reported. ...


Americans Support Wide Array of Proposed Energy Policies, but Not Yet Ready to Make Tradeoffs

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2009-Despite partisan debate, the American people find common ground on their support for a number of measures to address the nation's energy problems. At least 10 major energy proposals that would provide incentives for energy efficiency, reduce gasoline usage and support alternative energy have widespread support. But ...


Leading RE Conference: Next 90 Days Are Pivotal

RISMEDIA, April 6, 2009-The message that resounded during the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® annual conference March 26-29 was the tremendous window of opportunity that exists to turn around the housing market in the next 90 days. With record-low interest rates, bargain prices, increased affordability, declining inventory, mortgage ...


Employees Optimistic despite Sliding Confidence in Future Job Security and Pay Increases

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2009-Despite lower employee confidence in the areas of job security and pay raises, the majority of employees have a surprising level of optimism relating to their ability to sidestep layoffs, the future outlook of their employer and expectations for pay increases, according to the Q1 Glassdoor.com Employee ...


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

RISMEDIA, April 3, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: A gain seen in pending home sales; insurance and home warranty solutions through NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program; and April is Fair Housing Month. ...


Looking Back – Americans Return to Lessons of Great Depression

RISMEDIA, April 3, 2009-(MCT)-With the continuing economic struggles that Americans are facing on a daily basis, there are signs that that people are beginning to embrace the lessons of the Great Depression. ...


Steve Rodgers Discusses the Impact that Positive Leadership Can Have on Businesses

RISMEDIA, April 3, 2009-Steve Rodgers' personal journey was especially topical when he was asked to speak at the 2009 Executive Coaching Conference recently held in New York City. The internationally acclaimed Conference Board has offered trusted insight and economic forecasts to businesses worldwide for over 90 years. ...


A New Year, a New Statistic – Home Prices Plunge 19%

RISMEDIA, April 2, 2009-While the new year is a time for many to start over, a report released yesterday on U.S. housing prices may encourage many to start house shopping. Prices of single-family homes in the U.S. dropped a drastic 19% for the year from January 2008 through January 2009, ...


Realogy CEO Richard A. Smith to Lead Business Roundtable’s Housing Working Group

RISMEDIA, April 2, 2009-Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations, announced the creation of a Housing Working Group devoted to exploring viable solutions to the challenges facing the housing market and providing actionable recommendations to the administration and Congress to return stability to the U.S. ...


30-Year Mortgage Rates Remain Low for Second Week

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year mortgages remained relatively steady for the second consecutive week at 5.09%, up slightly from 5.06% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Meanwhile, rates for ...


The Price is Right – 78% of First-time Home Buyers Say Now Is Good Time to Buy

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

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: A free listing presentation available at REALTOR.com®; travel deals through NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program; and existing-home sales rise in February. ...


Short Sales Test Homebuyers’ Patience

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2009-(MCT)-Those searching for the best housing bargains on the market might consider buying a short-sale property, but there's an important qualification for buyers interested in going this route: They need plenty of patience. ...


Treasury Delivers Details of ‘Toxic Asset’ Treatment Plan

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2009-(MCT)-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner took the wraps off a long-awaited key component of the Obama administration's bank rescue plan, detailing a public-private partnership to buy up the so-called toxic assets that are polluting bank balance sheets. ...


American’s Urged to ‘Get Moving’

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2009-(MCT)-The travails of the airline industry, brought on by the economic woes affecting us all, have received much of our attention recently. But it's not the only part of the travel business that's suffering. ...


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