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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 ...


8 Ways to Make More Meaningful Business Connections in 2010

RISMEDIA, January 15, 2010—It's official: We survived 2009. But you're probably not spinning around in your office chair, throwing confetti in the air to celebrate. That's because though you may have survived, 2009 was an especially difficult year for business. ...


Half-Built Homes Can Be Bargains, but with Strings Attached

RISMEDIA, January 14, 2010—(MCT)—First came foreclosures, then short sales. Now we are seeing more half-finished homes for sale: bare-stud, bare-yard houses abandoned by their builders and left to languish on the market. ...


Educate, Attract Buyers with the Extended and Expanded Home Buyer Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, January 12, 2010—First-time buyers as well as move-up buyers across the country are entering the market at a rapid pace in order to take advantage of the extended and expanded tax credit. In this month’s Power Broker Roundtable, Lennox ...


4 Steps toward a Successful Real Estate Marketing Strategy

RISMEDIA, January 11, 2010—When considering your real estate marketing plan, January is not the month to take it easy. In fact, now is the time to set up and plan your entire year. Here is a list of very simple, ...


Create Your 2010 Success Blueprint

RISMEDIA, January 9, 2010—Many people want to create success for the new year not realizing that in order to do that, they need to have inside of them a blueprint for success. What does that mean specifically? Actually, having a ...


Expanded Home Buyer Tax Credit: Small Window, Big Opportunity

RISMEDIA, January 8, 2010—The countdown is under way. As of January 1, you have four months to promote the expanded U.S. Homebuyer Tax Credit and get your qualified buyers under contract by the April 30 deadline. ...


The Expanded Home Buyer Tax Credit Could Chase Away the Winter Blues

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2010—As we begin 2010, both real estate professionals and home buyers have something to look forward to and more importantly, take advantage of—the extended and expanded home buyer tax credit. ...


5 Tips for Connecting with Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2010—Over the last few months, there has been a lot of talk about how times are changing when it comes to marketing and connecting with today’s buyers and sellers. Here are some questions that have been brought ...


18.5 Billion Reasons to Make the Home Buyer Tax Credit Work

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2010—As part of the government’s high price-tag efforts to rejuvenate the flailing American economy, on November 6, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law an expansion and extension of the home buyer tax credit. ...


Changing the Way People Buy Homes: Using the 203k Program to Purchase ‘Dream Homes’

RISMEDIA, December 31, 2009—Driving to work one morning earlier this summer, home buyer Lori Kramer was thinking about the homes she and her husband had looked at the day before. Then, she had a thought that would eventually ...


8 Ways to Get Out of Debt and Start Saving for the New Year

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2009—With 2010 right around the corner, what will you be looking forward to in the New Year? Buying your first home? Sending your last kid off to college? Or obsessing over your own personal mountain of debt, ...


Home Sales Surge in Markets across the Country

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2009—(MCT)—November 2009 was a positive month for the real estate industry as home sales surged in a majority of markets across the country. Spurred by low prices and the extended and expanded home buyer tax credit, home ...


Homeowners – Exterior Remodeling Projects Prove Best Bang for Your Buck

RISMEDIA, December 24, 2009—Despite a slow market and a slight decrease in the resale value of most remodeling projects, Realtors report that the smartest home improvement investments may also be some of the least expensive. Results from the 2009 Remodeling ...


As Buyers Respond to Tax Credit, U.S. Existing Home Sales Jump 7.4% in November 2009

RISMEDIA, December 23, 2009—Existing home sales rose again in November 2009 as first-time buyers rushed to close sales before the original November 30 deadline for the recently extended and expanded tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


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