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Existing-Home Sales Continue to Improve In April 2010

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2010—Existing-home sales rose again in April 2010 with buyers motivated by the tax credit, improving consumer confidence and favorable affordability conditions, according to the National Association of Realtors. ...


For Your Clients: 5 Tips to Save Money for First-Time Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2010—Those who missed taking advantage of the first-time buyer tax credit but who are still planning the purchase of their first home, continue to have a wealth of opportunities in today’s marketplace. A few smart steps can ...


Optimistic Outlook for Housing, But Challenges Remain

RISMEDIA, May 24, 2010—Economists participating in a recent NAHB Construction Forecast Conference Webinar agreed that the housing market is on the road to recovery, but cautioned that several factors could contribute to a bumpy ride in the coming months. ...


Four Social Media Strategies that Work

RISMEDIA, May 21, 2010—If we know one thing about today’s consumer, it’s that they are communicating online. According to the 2009 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, more than one-third of home buyers looked online for properties as their ...


Housing Starts Rise 5.8 Percent in April 2010

RISMEDIA, May 20, 2010—Nationwide housing starts rose 5.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 672,000 units in April 2010 as the deadline for an important home buyer tax incentive arrived, according to figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department. ...


Affordable and Attainable Property/Disaster Insurance: A Path to Equality for All

RISMEDIA, May 19, 2010—While nothing in life is constant and certain territories are more disaster-prone than others, the debate continues as to whether it’s time natural disasters become a national issue. In this month’s Power Broker Roundtable, industry leaders Mark ...


Could You Be Using Social Media More Effectively?

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2010—Do you want to get more involved in social media but aren’t sure where to start or maybe how to maximize its return on investment? If so, you’re not alone. ...


Business Building: Put Good Faith in New RESPA Rules for Clients

RISMEDIA, May 15, 2010—There has been some debate and confusion across the industry over the new RESPA rules from HUD that took effect Jan. 1 for lenders. While the key players iron out the wrinkles, you can focus on supporting ...


To the Survivors Go the Spoils of Wrecked Housing Market

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2010—(MCT)—Residential developers and homebuilders who survived the housing bust now are feasting on the remains of those who didn't. ...


Strategies for Success: Brokers, Where Are All of Your Internet Leads Going?

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2010—With the array of products, technologies and systems out there, are you getting maximum benefit from your Internet marketing and personnel investment? Today, many brokerages invest not only in their own Web blog or social media ...


Survey Suggests Affordable Prices and Mortgage Rates Could Help Propel Housing Market Past Tax Expiration

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2010—The majority of people looking for, or considering buying, a home had no plans to take advantage of the first-time or move-up/repeat home buyer tax credits, according to a survey recently released from Better Homes and Gardens ...


Tight Credit Stymies Homeowners with Best Intentions to Build Green

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2010—(MCT)—Well-qualified borrowers with sterling credit, Eva and Daryl Lehman didn't expect to have a problem getting a mortgage when they set out to build their dream home in Wisconsin's Sheboygan County. ...


Niche Web Strategies for Working Short Sales

RISMEDIA, May 8, 2010—A key element for working short sales is making sure you can get the word out in your market to let sellers know there are options other than the foreclosure route. Many times, the homeowner is hiding. ...


Simplifying the Process: Lowe’s and RE-buildUSA Streamline the 203k Loan Process for Agents and Their Clients

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2010—In today’s stringent credit climate, the process of securing a loan approval involves many details that can be easily overlooked by prospective home buyers. The 203k loan—an FHA loan that enables home buyers to purchase and renovate ...


Homeowners Loosen Purse Strings for Home Improvement Projects

RISMEDIA, May 6, 2010—(MCT)—Spring cleaning is turning into spring remodeling this year for many homeowners. ...


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