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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

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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 ...


5 Reasons Vacant Homes are Tough to Sell in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, April 12, 2010—A vacant house is like a vacant stare. Something is just not right. ...


First-Time and Move-Up Tax Credits Require Paper Trail When Filing Taxes

RISMEDIA, April 10, 2010—(MCT)—Living in a world of tax apps for iPhones and e-filing of tax returns, you do a double-take after finding out that the Internal Revenue Service wants paper from taxpayers filing for a home buyer credit. ...


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 ...


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