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Distressed Properties: The Industry Responds

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2009-The statistics are sobering. According to RealtyTrac's Midyear 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, more than 1.9 million foreclosure filings were reported on more than 1.5 million U.S. properties in the first half of 2009-a 9% increase from the ...


Is the Pipeline Clogged for Refinancing Homeowners?

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2009-(MCT)-Borrowers are waiting an unusually long time to close on mortgage refinance loans because thinly staffed banks can't handle surges in volume when rates dip, mortgage experts say. ...


‘The New Age of Networking,’ and ‘Distressed Properties – Responsibilities and Opportunities’ Just Two of the Exclusive Sessions Offered to Leadership Attendees

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2009-Learn how to leverage leading information, technology, marketing and social media for greater results and effective strategies for REOs, short sales and other solutions for consumers and top agents in two, compelling sessions offered at this year's Top ...


‘For Your Clients’ Series: 10 Ways to Sell a Home with a Wet Basement

Editor's Note: RISMedia will be periodically running a 10-part series of helpful tips on how you can help your clients increase the value of their home by improving and maximizing the all-important extra square footage in their basement.  ...


Pending Home Sales up for Fifth Consecutive Month

RISMEDIA, August 5, 2009-Pending home sales are up for the fifth consecutive month, the first time in six years for such a streak, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


A Bigger Consumer Pipeline Helps Realtors Build Relationships

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2009-One could easily argue that Realtor.com put real estate on the map in terms of Internet marketing. You'd be hard pressed to find a more pervasive, more consumer-branded Web-based real estate platform out there. But in today's market, ...


Register Now: Early-Bird Discount Deadline for Top 5 Leadership Conference Extended until August 15

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2009-The deadline to participate in the $100 savings on the registration fee for this year's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Leadership Conference ends this weekend, August 15. Register now and pay just $299 (regularly $399), and $199 ...


Refinances in Second Quarter Reduce Mortgage Payments by $3.4 Billion in Coming Year

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2009-In the second quarter of 2009, half of borrowers who refinanced their loan lowered their annual mortgage interest rate by at least 20% according to Freddie Mac's quarterly Refinance Report. The new interest rate was about 1.25 percentage ...


Real Estate Professionals: Promote Your Value Now More Than Ever

JD Power and Associates survey reveals importance of extra services increases as buyers and sellers seek value from real estate companies ...


Are Increasing Foreclosures Swallowing Modest Gains in Mortgage Repairs?

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2009-As the Treasury Department urges mortgage servicing companies to step up their efforts to stop foreclosures, the latest available figures show that the number of households at risk of foreclosure is seven times the number of loan modifications, ...


Act Now to Save $50 a Night on Hotel Reservations for Leadership

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2009-Real estate professionals interested in attending this year's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Leadership Conference still have time to save $50 a night on hotel reservations at The Roosevelt Hotel in mid-town Manhattan where the event is being ...


Why You Must Attend This Year’s Top 5 Leadership Conference

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-If your business has been affected by the challenges we face in the changing economy, attending this year's Top 5 in Real Estate Network Leadership Conference is a must. Foreclosures, short sales and working with expired listings will be ...


Signs of Change: Existing-Home Sales Rise 3.6% in June

RISMEDIA, July 24, 2009-Existing-home sales rose for the third consecutive month with inventory easing and home prices declining less sharply in June, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Slow and Steady – Foreclosure Process Tests Patience

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2009-(MCT)-It's not a very common question, but one that is being asked more often than not as homeowners navigate their way through today's market. The question is simple: How do you get a lender to speed up the ...


First-Time Home Buyers Eager to Reap Tax Credit Benefits, but Unsure of Details

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2009-The federal tax credit for first-time home buyers is now half way to its Dec. 1, 2009, expiration date, and it seems fair to ask just how much it is helping real estate markets. The RE/MAX network ...


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