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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 ...


First-Time Home Buyers Dominate Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, August 27, 2009-With the first-time home buyer's tax credit in full effect, younger buyers are taking the opportunity to enter the real estate market and the New Jersey real estate market has seen its fair share of first-time buyers ...


Positive Signs: Home Prices on an Upswing in Second Quarter 2009

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2009-Data through June 2009, released by Standard & Poor's for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, show that the U.S. National Home Price Index improved in the second quarter of 2009. ...


Don’t Miss: Goals, Strategies and Tactics for Leading Agents to Significantly Increase Your Income

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2009-Do you want to increase your annual income and be successful in your career? Do you have the tools to do so? In this special keynote address, listen as Top 5's Allan Dalton and John Featherston illustrate ...


Entry-Level Housing Affordability Reaches 67% in Second Quarter of 2009

RISMEDIA, August 22, 2009-The percentage of households that could afford to buy an entry-level home in California stood at 67% in the second quarter of 2009, compared with 49% (revised) for the same period a year ago, according to a report ...


Housing Affordability Continues to Hover Near Highest Level in 18 Years

RISMEDIA, August 21, 2009-Bolstered by affordable interest rates and low prices, nationwide housing affordability during the second quarter of 2009 continued to hover near its highest level since the series began 18 years ago, according to the National Association of ...


How Is the Economic Stimulus Package Helping Buyers and Sellers?

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2009-As Realtors nationwide alongside the government work to create new programs and innovative strategies in order to lure new buyers into the market, now may be a good time to look at the way in which the American ...


How to Start Planning for Your Business 10, 20 or More Years Out

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-While planning this far out may seem, well, far out, it is highly important to managing a sustainable business. Even if you're staying in the same town to the end, knowing how it will change over time is paramount to your success. You need to find the ...


Homeowners Fight for Loan Modifications from Swamped Mortgage Servicers

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-(MCT)-After losing his job in January, Stuart Miller has fought hard to keep his home out of foreclosure. At the end of May, the Plano, Texas, man began trying to get Wells Fargo & Co. to review his ...


Gender Differences Abound in the Home-Buying Process

RISMEDIA, September 1, 2009-It often seems as though men and women are from different planets, but every day millions of couples navigate through day-to-day and even life-altering decisions. Because a home is the biggest purchase most people will make in their ...


Look Who’s Talking: Opening Leadership Session to Feature More Than a Dozen Industry Executives, More than 70 Speakers in Total

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-More than a dozen industry executives including Gino Blefari, founder and president of Intero Real Estate Services; Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate; and Rei Mesa, president and COO of Prudential Florida ...


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