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RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® Launches Nationwide

RISMEDIA—May 3, 2010—In an effort to combat the consumer perception of “brokerage sameness” and identify those real estate firms most committed to serving the needs of today’s consumers, RISMedia has launched RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), a network of ...


Restructuring the Financial Markets: An Update on Lending

RISMEDIA, April 30, 2010—While there are varying opinions about the current state of the economy, one thing is for certain—continued growth depends heavily on loan availability for every qualified buyer. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is pushing heavily to ...


End of Home Buyer Tax Credit Unlikely to Deter Most Real Estate Buyers

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2010—The expiration of the 2010 Home Buyer Tax Credits on April 30 is unlikely to put off Americans looking to purchase homes who believe now is a good time to buy and are confident that home prices ...


New Home Sales Bounce Almost 27% Higher in March 2010

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2010—(MCT)—Sales of new homes broke out of a four-month winter slump with a bang in March 2010, soaring 26.9% over February, the government recently said, evidence that federal tax incentives for buyers due to expire next week ...


The 2010 Power Broker Report – Back from the Brink

RISMEDIA, April 26, 2010—If you are reading this, it means you’ve survived. Congratulations. You might be surprised to know you’re not alone. ...


Many Americans Struggling with Rising Rental Housing Costs

RISMEDIA, April 24, 2010—(MCT)—The gap between the cost of renting a modest apartment and the wages of working families continues to widen, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. ...


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

This column is brought to you by the NAR Real Estate Services group ...


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 ...


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