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Deadline Extended for Top Broker Ranking: Firms Now Have Until March 2 to Complete Power Broker Survey

In response to the overwhelming number of leading real estate firms participating in its 24th Annual Power Broker Survey, RISMedia has extended the survey deadline until Friday, March 2. To take the survey now, click here. ...


US Unveils Plan to Wind Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

(MCT)—The regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac wants to shrink the seized housing-finance giants gradually and create a new market for mortgage-backed securities to help the private sector. ...


FHFA Sends Congress Strategic Plan for Fannie and Freddie

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco recently sent to Congress a strategic plan for the next phase of the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). ...


Housing Expected to Add to GDP for First Time in 7 Years

The 2012 outlook is improving modestly from a disappointing 2011. Economic growth picked up in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 2.8 percent and is expected to come in at 2.3 percent for 2012, up from 1.6 percent growth for ...


Home Remodelers Betting on a Rebound

(MCT)—Residential contractors are hoping that tight-fisted consumers will decide they need a new bathroom. ...


Deadline Approaching for Power-Broker Ranking

As the February 24th deadline approaches for completing RISMedia’s 24th Annual Power Broker Survey, hundreds of leading real estate firms have already submitted their surveys, ensuring their spot in the preeminent ranking of the industry’s top residential real estate brokerages. ...


Fed Chairman Comments on Today’s Housing Market

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke made the following speech at the 2012 National Association of Homebuilders International Builders' Show, held in Orlando, Fla. on February 10. ...


New Listings Promise Robust Prices

As of February 10, new listings tracked by Altos Research have ticked upwards for five consecutive weeks, suggesting the spring home buyer season will bring the strongest prices the nation has seen since the tax credit briefly stimulated demand two ...


Builder Confidence Increases for Fifth Consecutive Month

Home builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes increased for the fifth consecutive month in February, rising from 25 to 29 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. It is the highest level the index ...


How Will the Facebook IPO Affect Housing?

Headlines were made when Facebook announced its plans to go public, creating a new generation of Facebook millionaires. Many have been speculating about what these fresh-faced millionaires will do with their money. Others have been asking how they ...


Opinion: FHA Should Reinstate 203(k) Loans for Investors

The Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) rehabilitation loan program, commonly known as 203(k), can be a valuable tool to help deal with the REO problems faced by communities across the nation. The program works by providing the buyer with funding to ...


Feedback: Some People Can’t Handle the Truth

Are you the type of individual who values sincere feedback and welcomes constructive criticism from customers, associates, and family members? Sometimes getting feedback can be an unpleasant experience, especially when it hasn't been requested. Without timely feedback, it's utterly impossible ...


Digital Real Estate: What is The Perfect Storm?

Technology has literally changed the face of the real estate world in recent years. ...


Breaking News: Banks, States Reach $26 Billion Foreclosure Settlement in Largest-ever Housing Deal

Mortgage Bankers Association says deal can help consumer confidence and stabilize markets ...


Marketing Strategies: Hate to Make Cold Calls? 5 Tips to Make Them Easier

Have you often avoided making those dreaded cold calls? Do you dream of how much better your business could be but just can’t bring yourself to pick up the phone? ...


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