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Home Buyers Want to Save Energy – but Only at Right Price

RISMEDIA, September 19, 2009—Even though prospective home buyers want the benefits of new, more efficient homes, they are unwilling to pay much more for a “green” home, according to a recent member survey from the National Association of Home Builders ...


The Clock Is Ticking as First-Time Buyers Intensify Their House Hunting

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2009—(MCT)—Tired of paying rent and enticed by a first-time home buyer tax credit, 25-year-old Garrett Rebel began his search for a home in August, scouring the suburbs of Dallas for a house to meet his current and ...


Bernanke: Recession is Over, but Tough Times Will Linger

RISMEDIA, October 10, 2009—(MCT)—The deep recession that's gripped the U.S. economy by the throat since December 2007 is "very likely over at this point," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently said.  ...


Taking Advantage of Negotiation – U.S. Homebuyers Paid $7,039 Less Than Listing Price in July

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2009—Amid continued falling home prices, U.S. homebuyers are negotiating even more discounts at the bargaining table, according to July's Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. Buyers paid 3.3%, or a nearly $7,039, less than the last listing price on ...


Leadership Conference Signals Call to Action for Real Estate Professionals

RISMedia & the Top 5 in Real Estate Network’s Leadership Conference convened nearly 1,000 in New York last week ...


Lose Your Job, Keep Your Home – Ask for Help Before it’s Too Late

RISMEDIA, Sept 11, 2009—(MCT)-Few words sting like the ones that inform you that you're being laid off — especially today, with jobs so hard to come by. If you're a homeowner, the blow of a job loss can ...


Tax Credit Helps Spur Pending Home Sales

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2009—(MCT)—A gauge of future U.S. home sales rose more than expected in July 2009 to the highest level in more than two years as first-time buyers rushed to take advantage of a tax ...


Exclusive Networking Opportunities Abound at Top 5 Leadership Conference: Online Registration Closes Today at 5 p.m.!

RISMEDIA, Tuesday, September 8, 2009--There is still time to register online for RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network®’s Leadership Conference in New York City, being held this week, Wednesday and Thursday,  Sept. 9-10 at The Roosevelt Hotel in ...


Real Estate Auctions: Top Bid Doesn’t Always Guarantee Sale

RISMEDIA, September 4, 2009—(MCT)—The atmosphere is electric, the deals can be dazzling, and the process can turn a bidder into a home buyer seemingly in a matter of minutes. ...


No Reservations: Manage the Consumer Confidence Slump

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2009—The only guarantee in real estate is that values and sales activity can rise and fall, but consumers still look for some assurance that navigating the current market is a sensible move.  ...


Pending Home Sales on a Roll, Up for Sixth Straight Month

RISMEDIA, September 2, 2009—Contract activity for pending home sales has risen for six straight months, a pattern not seen in the history of the index since it began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Inviting Consumers to Stay

RISMEDIA, September 1, 2009—As the economy struggles, businesses across all industries scramble to capture their share of shrinking consumer dollars with promises of bigger and better service. The real estate industry is certainly no exception. In ...


Agents Prepare for Tomorrow as Market Reveals Positive Signs

Top 5 Focus Groups, Leadership Conference Arm Real Estate Pros with Hands-on Strategies ...


Largest U.S. Cities Continue to be Plagued by Home Price Reductions

RISMEDIA, August 29, 2009-Trulia, Inc., a real estate search website, announced that 25% of homes currently on the market in the United States as of August 1, 2009 have experienced at least one price cut. The percentage of price reductions ...


Homeowners Save Energy, Cash with Tax Breaks

RISMEDIA, August 28, 2009-(MCT)-Bob Menconi enjoys his newly replaced air conditioner at his house. The A/C was replaced by a federal tax rebate. So your car isn't a clunker? And you're not buying a new home? But maybe your air-conditioning ...


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