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

RISMEDIA, March 20, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS include: the launch of NAR's Green Designation Core Course at REALTOR® University; discounts at Lowe's through the REALTOR Benefits® Program; and REALTORS® recommend responsible lending practices to the house. ...


Reverse Mortgages Serve as Lifeline for Seniors

RISMEDIA, March 20, 2009-In the midst of the current credit crunch, we tend to overlook the financial needs of senior homeowners, especially those who own their homes free and clear or are pretty close to being debt free. However, these ...


Point2 Technologies’ Saul Klein to Focus on MLS at Upcoming Association Executives Institute

RISMEDIA, March 20, 2009-‘MLS 5.0 ...The Outer Limits' will be the central theme of Point2 Technologies Inc. chief executive officer Saul Klein's address at the upcoming annual real estate Association Executives Institute (AEI), which will be held from March 20 to March 24, 2009 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado ...


Homeowners Hit the Road in Hopes of Mortgage Relief

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2009-(MCT)-Homeowners across the country are losing out on the American Dream as they find themselves faced with out-of-control mortgage rates they can't afford to pay. The third installment of The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America's Save the ...


Housing Starts Regain Ground

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2009-For the first time in eight months, nationwide housing starts turned upward this February, posting a 22.2% gain that was due primarily to a big bump on the often-volatile multifamily side, according to numbers released from the U.S. Commerce Department. ...


Looking for Success? 10 Things You ‘Must’ Do to Find it

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2009-As the real estate market begins to turn around, the most important thing on your mind should be whether you are positioned to take advantage of this uptick. ...


30-Year Mortgage Rates Drop Substantially for First Time in Four Weeks

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for thirty-year mortgages fell for the first time in a month to 5.21%, down from 5.28% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Meanwhile, rates for ...


Builder Confidence Remains Unchanged in March

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2009-Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes remained unchanged in March as economic woes continued to take their toll on potential buyers, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI held steady at 9 in March, ...


DTI Ratios: What Homeowners Need to Know

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2009-Ask homeowners about their DTI (debt-to-income) ratios, and they're likely to respond with something like, "My what ratios?!" However, when distressed homeowners are sizing up their foreclosure options, they need to brush up on DTI ratios. Lenders will be scrutinizing these ratios to determine homeowner eligibility for ...


To Bail or Not to Bail? What You Should Know about the Stock Market

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2009-(MCT)-Even with its strong rally last week, the stock market's steady drop this year has prompted more investors to fold up their tents and walk away. ...


Recession Got You Down? Don’t React – Act!

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2009-It's not uncommon for the typical cube-land employee to feel like a pinball, being bounced around from setback to setback. ...


Credit Markets and Economy Add Pressure to Commercial Mortgage Performance

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2009-The weakening economy and continued credit crunch contributed to increases in commercial/multifamily mortgage delinquencies during the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). ...


Rental Site Partners with Twitter Giving Renters Something to Tweet About

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2009-Social networking sites are constantly being integrated with the real estate industry, giving prospective home buyers the chance to search the Internet in the manner most comfortable to them when looking for a home. ...


A Sinking Feeling: One-in-Five Homeowners Feels ‘Underwater’ on Mortgages

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2009-The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that 20% of all homeowners-or 30% of mortgage holders-say that if they had to sell their home right now, it would sell ...


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

RISMEDIA, March 13, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS include: savings up to 42% on Lenovo PC's available through the REALTOR Benefits® Program; read what crucial tax information homeowners, buyers, and sellers need to know; and REALTORS® get the Right Tools, Right Now. ...


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