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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, ...


6 Key Tips to Maximizing Testimonials on Your Website

RISMEDIA, April 3, 2010—Many of us know that testimonials are important to our business, but imagine using your testimonials in creative ways throughout your website to help you with niche marketing and lead generation. Below are six tips to maximize ...


Home Prices Increase Slightly in January 2010

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2010—(MCT)—A national index of home prices rose unexpectedly in January 2010, with California cities posting strong gains, but some experts warned that the nation's struggling housing market could be headed for another dip. ...


Fed-Up Homeowners Who Can Pay the Mortgage, Don’t

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2010—(MCT)—Wynn Bloch has always dutifully paid her bills and socked away money for retirement. But in December she defaulted on the mortgage on her Palm Desert, Calif., home, even though she could afford the payments. ...


Top 4 Questions Home Buyers Have About the Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, March 29, 2010—As the April 15 deadline to file 2009 federal tax returns approaches, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is providing answers to some of the questions home buyers are most frequently asking about the home buyer ...


Money May be Tight, But Homeowners Still Investing in Great Outdoors

RISMEDIA, June 11, 2010—(MCT)-Homeowners love their yards. They plant gardens, create cozy areas for entertaining, and install decorative elements that they're as happy to look at from the kitchen window as they are from their chaise lounge. ...


The Movement Begins at Midyear! Don’t Miss RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR Midyear-Social Media On the Move

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2010—Heading to NAR Midyear in Washington, D.C., this May? Don’t miss RISMedia’s 5th Annual Power Broker Forum at NAR Midyear—Social Media On the Move. ...


February 2010 Existing-Home Sales Ease with Mixed Conditions around the Country

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2010—Existing-home sales declined slightly in February 2010, with modest gains in the Northeast and Midwest offset by softer sales in the South and West, according to the National Association of Realtors. ...


Years after Loan Default, Homeowners May Still Owe

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2010—(MCT)—Homeowners defaulting on mortgages today may be surprised to learn years from now that they still owe thousands of dollars—and a collection agency is coming after them to get it. ...


Fixer-Upper Financing: 203k Program Provides Buyers with Renovation Funds

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2010—(MCT)—The word "as-is" can indeed be one scary phrase. Especially when buying a home in today's market where foreclosures and short sales that need fix-up work are plentiful. ...


Many Stay at Home for Free as Banks Defer Evictions

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2010—(MCT)—It's been 16 months since Eugene and Patricia Harrison last paid the mortgage on their Perris, Calif., home. Eleven months since the notice got slapped on their front door, warning that it would be sold at auction. ...


10 Staging Tips to Help Your Home Sell

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2010—(MCT)—Want to sell your home? Get out the bucket, mop and Mr. Clean. The key to making a positive first impression is simple, said Sandra Rinomato, host of HGTV's popular "Property Virgins" show. ...


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