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Todays Real Estate News Archive


The Perils of Timing the Mortgage Market

PBNR, February 2009--Mortgage interest rates are finally coming down thanks to a number of actions by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the Treasury Department, and the Federal Reserve (Fed). At the time of this writing (early January), Freddie Mac announced rates on 30-year fixed rate loans had reached historic ...


Identity Thieves, Including Family Members, Target Kids

PBNR, February 2009--(MCT)-Financial educator Cynthia Nevels would rather not see one subject that's been appearing in some of her students' essays: theft of their identity by a parent. ...


Avoid Short-Term Moves in Your 401(K) That You Might Regret

PBNR, February 2009--(MCT)-If you've mustered up the nerve to look at your 401(k) statement lately, the word shocked is an understatement. ...


Putting It in the Bank: Saving Is Back in Vogue

PBNR, February 2009--(MCT)-When the stock markets and housing values were soaring, certified financial planner James Bryan would plead with clients to set aside six months worth of take-home pay just in case of a job loss or a major home repair. ...


Housing Crisis Needs Solutions, Not Scapegoats

PBNR, February 2009--(MCT)-I am being inundated by opinions on the housing crisis. They fall into two categories: assigning blame and criticizing others' proposals without offering alternatives. ...


Top 5 Member Profile:

Top 5 in Real Estate Network, February 2009-- Paul da Silva ...


You Are What You Think

Face a Weak Economy with a Strong Personal Brand ...


Smart Real Estate Agents Can Survive a Tough Market

Top 5 in Real Estate Network, February 2009-- The market is tough. There is no reason to sugar coat it. Many agents are experiencing challenges for the first time in their real estate career. Clients with strong credit are being challenged by the lenders. Homeowners are not putting homes on ...


Goodbye, McMansions: Americans Buying ‘Right-Sized’ Homes

Top 5 in Real Estate Network, February 2009-- (MCT) - These days, a bigger home isn't always a better one. Recent research suggests that homes being built today are getting smaller. ...


Manage Your Time without Losing Your Mind

Top 5 in Real Estate Network, February 2009--We all know about time management-that dreaded art/science where we are supposed to become productivity machines, getting as many high priority tasks accomplished as humanly possible. How's that been working for you? Are you getting everything done? More importantly, are you spending your ...


Competing on Today’s Playing Field

Top 5 in Real Estate Network, February 2009--Lester Cox ...


Working with Sellers in Challenging Times

Top 5 in Real Estate Network, February 2009--Greg Waldmann ...


Keller Williams Realty Adds Comparative Home Valuation Tool to National Website

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2009-Keller Williams Realty announced the release of a new home valuation tool on the company's national website, KW.com. The new tool displays home value estimates from both Zillow (www.zillow.com) and Cyberhomes (www.cyberhomes.com) for any address in the United States, generating a side-by-side comparison for consumers. ...


HomeGain Announces 2008 AgentEvaluator Top Performer Real Estate Agents

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2009-HomeGain, a leading provider of online marketing solutions that connect real estate agents and brokers with home buyers and sellers, announced its 2008 Top PerformersTM.Since 2000, HomeGain annually recognizes its most successful and productive real estate agents and brokers who are members of its AgentEvaluator®, product in ...


Four More MLS Organizations Switch to Paragon 4

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2009-Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions (FNRES) announced that four Multiple Listings Services in Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, and Kentucky have converted to ParagonTM 4, the Web-based MLS platform from FNRES MLS, a division of Fidelity National Financial, Inc., a Fortune 500 provider of products, services and technology solutions ...