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New-Home Sales Climb 6.6 Percent in September 2010

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2010—(MCT)—Sales of new homes climbed 6.6% in September 2010, figures released by the federal government showed, representing the second straight month of gains, but still well below the pace when a tax credit existed. Sales of new ...


Obama Administration October Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Signs of Stabilization in House Prices and High Home Affordability

RISMEDIA, October 28, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the October edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard). The latest housing figures show continued signs of ...


Zillow CEO Discusses Evolving Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, October 27, 2010—As the real estate industry waxed and waned over the past several years, Zillow has gone from suspect intruder to trusted partner. Here, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff explains how both the industry and Zillow have evolved together, ...


Existing-Home Sales Show Another Strong Gain in September

RISMEDIA, October 26, 2010—Existing-home sales rose again in September 2010, affirming that a sales recovery has begun, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 10.0% to ...


When Times Are Tough, Don’t Stop Giving – Corporate Responsibility and Goodwill Don’t Go Unnoticed

RISMEDIA, October 25, 2010—It’s hard to focus on anything but the business of listing and selling real estate, particularly in the midst of one of the deepest real estate downturns most of us have seen in our careers. NAR’s existing-homes ...


Reverse Mortgage Changes Take Today’s Real Estate Market into Consideration

RISMEDIA, October 23, 2010—(MCT)—If you’ve been toying with the idea of taking out a reverse mortgage, it is important to take into consideration that today’s market is significantly different from what it was just a couple of months ago. Monthly ...


Real Estate Experts Discuss What They Would Do to Improve the Real Estate Industry if They Had a Magic Wand

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2010—At one time or another, everyone has found themselves in situations where they have regretted wishing for something because of a bad outcome. But what would you wish for if you were given a magic wand today ...


Single-Family Housing Starts Rise 4.4 Percent in September 2010

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—Nationwide housing starts edged up 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 units in September, due entirely to a 4.4% gain in the single-family sector, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures. "Builders are cautiously responding ...


Content is King – Find Out Why at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—It is hard not to notice what consumers want these days: information. They crave it. Gone are the days when real estate professionals held tight to property details and neighborhood information. Now, any consumer can find that ...


Mobile Lead Generation Meets Mobile Lead Management – REALTOR.com and Top Producer Mobilize the Marketplace

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—Up until 2009, the first few real estate applications that arrived on the scene for smartphones were certainly visually exciting. But although they were interesting examples of new technology for real estate, it was not clear if ...


Mortgage Insurance Plays Increasing Role in Optimizing Home Financing

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—In today’s dicey lending environment, many a would-be home buyer often falls into one of two camps: uninformed or running scared. Unfortunately, tightening lending standards and a pervasive unease about the overall economy have combined to keep ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


Nearly Eight in 10 Americans Still Believe Buying a Home Makes Good Financial Sense

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—Nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe buying a home is a good financial decision, despite ongoing challenges with the economy and housing market. That's according to the 2010 National Housing Pulse Survey, an annual report released ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Gloria Nilson Realtors, Real Living – A Rich History Helps Carve a Strong Future

Maria Patterson: Please provide us with a snapshot of your storied real estate career to date. ...


Be Market-Smart: Dos and Don’ts for Home Sellers and Buyers

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2010—It would be unrealistic to say that the real estate market is utterly rosy right now, but neither is it thorn-filled by any means. In fact, things are decidedly looking up: July got some good news, when ...


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