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Foreclosures Take Heavy Toll on Hearts and Minds

RISMEDIA, February 4, 2010—(MCT)—Ethelda Lopez, a retired telephone company worker recently watched as her dream retirement home was auctioned off on the lawn outside a county courthouse in downtown Merced, California. "When I heard my address, it was so disheartening," ...


Game Changers – How Two Top Brokers Are Gearing Up for the Future

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2010—Real estate veterans Greg Rand and Kevin Levent have not only seen it all but survived it all…with flying colors, I might add—expanding, growing and gaining marketshare throughout all kinds of real estate cycles. In 2009, these ...


Survey Gives Brokers Chance to Demonstrate Strength, Stability

RISMedia’s 22nd annual Power Broker Survey Now Available for Completion ...


Economy Forces Changes in Thinking about Retirement Homes

RISMEDIA, January 30, 2010—(MCT)—If your idea of a dream retirement home is a luxury contemporary overlooking a championship golf course in the desert, you better be prepared for some mighty small block parties: When it comes to retirement living, golf ...


4 Major U.S. Demographic Waves to Watch in New Decade

RISMEDIA, January 29, 2010—As the U.S. economy recovers, emerging trends in demographics and consumer behavior will become major drivers of new housing opportunities, resulting in a residential market vastly different from the one that existed prior to the recession, according ...


Home Sizes Fall as Builders, Buyers Embrace Economic Reality

RISMEDIA, January 28, 2010—(MCT)—New-home buyers responded to the tough times in 2009 by opting for smaller houses, driving down the average size of a house built in the United States for the first time in 27 years. ...


Mature-Market Home Buyers Look beyond Buildings, Desire Services

RISMEDIA, January 27, 2010—A survey of consumers and builders, conducted in 2009 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the MetLife Mature Market Institute, has yielded a new round of data revealing the housing preferences of the 55+ ...


Top 10 Must-Have Features in Today’s New Homes

RISMEDIA, January 25, 2010—(MCT)—Americans want smaller houses and they are willing to strip some of yesterday's most popular rooms—such as home theaters—from them in order to accommodate changing lifestyles, consumer experts told audiences at the International Builders Show. ...


Repeat Buyers Need to Act Fast to Capitalize on Expanded Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, January 23, 2010—By now it is well documented that today’s affordable housing prices, historically low interest rates and federal home buyer tax credit have combined to create one of the most attractive first-time buyer markets in recent memory. What ...


3 Simple Tips for Creating Your Ideal Income

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2010—Most of us start off the New Year with the best of intentions. We all have a deep longing in our hearts for this year to be the best year yet. We even make resolutions. Sadly, however, ...


RISMedia’s Real Estate Leadership Conference Moves to June: Don’t Miss ‘The Real Estate Social Media Summit’

RISMEDIA, January 21, 2010—‘The Real Estate Social Media Summit’ is the theme of RISMedia’s 2010 Real Estate Leadership Conference, one of the most popular and informative real estate business conferences of the year. This year, the Leadership Conference will be ...


Top 9 Reverse Mortgage Myths – Separating Fact from Fiction

RISMEDIA, January 20, 2010—Recent headlines pointing to the detriments of reverse mortgages aren't getting the story straight. One of the nation's leading reverse mortgage lenders, Generation Mortgage Company, wants to separate fact from fiction. ...


Can Loan Modifications Cause Trouble Down the Road?

RISMEDIA, January 19, 2010—(MCT)-The last thing many troubled homeowners want to hear is that they could be denied a car loan after they get a chance to modify their home loan. But credit scores can get dinged after a home ...


5 Resolutions to Create Real Estate Success in 2010

RISMEDIA, January 18, 2010—Okay…it’s 2010 and the market has been killing me for the past two or three years. I am lucky to be here, I love what I do and I am determined to make it work. I am ...


Can Loan Modifications Cause Trouble Down the Road?

RISMEDIA, January 16, 2010—(MCT)—The last thing many troubled homeowners want to hear is that they could be denied a car loan after they get a chance to modify their home loan. But credit scores can get dinged after a home ...


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