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Homeowners Continue to Chase the ‘American Dream’

RISMEDIA, August 6, 2010—(MCT)—Bruce Baldwin is well past the "extreme excitement" he felt when he became a first-time homeowner three years ago. In fact, the cabinetmaker has now joined thousands of homeowners who face foreclosure. He says he feels so ...


Pending Home Sales Ease in Post-Tax Credit Market

RISMEDIA, August 5, 2010—Pending home sales edged down with near-term sales expected to be notably lower in contrast to the spring surge when buyers rushed to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of ...


5 Ways to Maximize Your Website Presence

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—With the constant evolution of technology, there’s a real need to keep your online presence current and relevant. From content to cutting-edge buttons and widgets, the improvements are endless. However, I believe that if you start with ...


Mortgage Rates Hit New Low, Are Buyers Responding?

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—(MCT)—The 4.5% fixed-rate mortgage is here, although more than 14 months late. That magic number, or a close approximation, was reached recently, when Freddie Mac reported a 30-year rate of 4.54%. The possibility first arose in early ...


Top Seven Reasons Banks are Denying Home Loan Requests

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—The lending landscape has changed quite drastically over the past several years. Practices, approvals and standards that were once widely accepted have either vanished or transformed beyond the point of recognition. Many banks, which were once extremely ...


Real Estate Incentives Out of Style among Price-Focused Shoppers

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—(MCT)—Government cash didn't help John Foley and Cindy Case sell their Minneapolis house before the federal home buyer's tax credit expired at the end of April, so the couple decided to take matters into their own hands. ...


New Lead-Safe Practices to Increase Home-Remodeling Costs

RISMEDIA, July 31, 2010—(MCT)—Local contractors say a controversial new federal safety rule will increase home-remodeling costs in Manatee County, Florida, but by how much is a matter of debate. Beginning October 1, 2010, contractors will be required to take additional ...


Tips and Tricks to Help Traverse the Execution Gap

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2010—The ability to manage change, a structure that supports execution, employee involvement in decision making, alignment between leader actions and company values and priorities and company-wide coordination and cooperation are the five bridges that enable a company ...


Tips to Differentiate Yourself through Value-Added Selling

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2010—One of the most difficult challenges in selling is to compete against a competitor who is willing to cut cost. Businesses are free to compete on price, service or quality, and consumers are free to make buying ...


Home Buyer Tax Credit Expires – Opportunity Doesn’t

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2010—The Home Buyer Tax Credit proved to be a valuable stimulus to the troubled U.S. housing industry. The only catch: those who qualified had to be under contract by April 30, 2010, and close by June 30 ...


For Your Clients: 5 Tips for Creating an Effective Online Rental Listing

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2010—An effective property listing provides renters all of the details necessary to understand if your property is a good fit for them. Making a good first impression is critical to hook prospective renters and get them interested ...


Exterior Spaces – Outdoor Kitchens Become Home’s Social Hub

RISMEDIA, July 24, 2010—(MCT)—The outdoor kitchen is rapidly becoming the social hub of the home, much as the indoor kitchen is the favorite gathering place for family and friends. The trend is especially strong in areas where the climate ...


President Obama Signs Historic Financial Reform into Law

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2010—(MCT)—With a broad smile and the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama capped a contentious 18-month struggle and signed into law the broadest revamp of financial regulation since the Great Depression. ...


Single-Family Housing Starts Virtually Unchanged in June 2010

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2010—Single-family housing starts were virtually unchanged from the previous month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 454,000 units in June 2010, according to newly-released figures by the U.S. Commerce Department. Meanwhile, a 21.5% decline on the ...


Smart Design Creates Energy-Efficient Home

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2010—(MCT)—The Lake County, Fla., home Paul Fallman shares with his wife and two daughters has 4,000 square feet of living space. Yet his electric bills have averaged just $180 a month so far this year, despite record-low ...


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