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Existing-Home Sales Rise on Home Buyer Tax Credit and Favorable Market Conditions

RISMEDIA, April 23, 2010—Buyers responding to the home buyer tax credit and favorable affordability conditions boosted existing-home sales in March 2010, marking the beginning of an expected spring surge, according to the National Association of Realtors. ...


Builders Pin Hopes on Tax Credit Rush as Clock Continues to Tick

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2010—(MCT)—Builder Marshal Granor is hoping this will be a banner month for home sales. In fact, an eight-foot-long banner announcing Granor Price Homes' "Let's Make a Deal Weekend" will greet prospective buyers at its developments on two ...


4 Things First-Time Home Buyers Need to Know about Home Inspections

RISMEDIA, April 21, 2010— A professional home inspection can not only provide a great education about the home's systems, but also be a crucial tool in negotiating the most equitable price on the home, according to HouseMaster, one of the ...


Housing Starts Maintain Upward Trend in March 2010

RISMEDIA, April 20, 2010—(MCT)—Fresh data on new construction of U.S. housing units revealed an upward trend in place since the beginning of the year, with an initial report of February 2010 weakness revised away. ...


Expiring Tax Credit Has Buyers Rushing to Sign Dotted Line

RISMEDIA, April 19, 2010—(MCT)—Latasha Hall never envisioned herself a homeowner. But by the end of the month, she will be. Just in time. ...


New Home, New Expenses: First-Time Home Buyers Change Their Lifestyle to Afford Home Ownership

RISMEDIA, April 17, 2010—BBVA Compass recently released a new survey on first-time home buyers indicating that, prior to purchase, a vast majority of first-time home buyers (88%) believe they have accounted for all expenses related to owning a home. Seemingly ...


Business beyond the Home-Buyer Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, April 16, 2010—The extension of the home buyer tax credit encouraged many fence-sitters to jump at the chance to achieve the dream of homeownership this past year. Tax incentives, low interest rates and prices have made homeownership more affordable ...


HUD Guidance on Compliant Commissions under RESPA

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Home Staging Tips That Focus on Largest Customer Segments

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2010—The busy spring home buying and selling season is underway and the experts at Pulte Homes are offering staging tips to get your home ready for sale. A quicker home sale can be reached by keeping ...


5 Reasons Vacant Homes are Tough to Sell in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, April 12, 2010—A vacant house is like a vacant stare. Something is just not right. ...


First-Time and Move-Up Tax Credits Require Paper Trail When Filing Taxes

RISMEDIA, April 10, 2010—(MCT)—Living in a world of tax apps for iPhones and e-filing of tax returns, you do a double-take after finding out that the Internal Revenue Service wants paper from taxpayers filing for a home buyer credit. ...


Study: Number of U.S. Households Falls by 1.2 Million

RISMEDIA, April 9, 2010—(MCT)—The number of American households dropped by an estimated 1.2 million between 2005 and 2008, even though the population increased by 3.4 million in 80 of the largest metropolitan areas during that time, according to a new ...


203k Funds Ensure Safe Homes; Give Homeowners Peace of Mind

RISMEDIA, April 8, 2010—For many home buyers who use the government’s 203k program to renovate a home, the emphasis may be on flooring, kitchen/bath renovations or fencing. However, for one Florida home buyer, his concern was a bit more serious—ensuring ...


Pending Home Sales Show Healthy Gain, Hint at Spring Surge

RISMEDIA, April 7, 2010—Pending home sales rose in February 2010, potentially signaling a second surge of home sales in response to the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors. ...


Partner Power: Strong Relationships Create Success in Today’s Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, April 5, 2010—In simpler times, the mantra for what really matters in residential real estate was “location, location, location.” It was a fundamental concept, summarizing and emphasizing the longtime No. 1 rule in real estate. In today’s tough times, ...


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