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4 Ways to Stage Your Home and Create a Well-Rounded First Impression

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2009—Feeling good about a home and a neighborhood is part and parcel of making the decision to buy, so staging a home should involve more than just raising the charm factor. Look for ways to also make ...


U.S. Home Prices for August 2009 Off 11.3% from Year Ago

RISMEDIA, October 28, 2009—Data through August 2009, released by Standard & Poor's for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, one of the leading measures of U.S. home prices, show that the annual rate of decline of the ...


Big Rebound in Existing-Home Sales Shows First-Time Buyer Momentum

RISMEDIA, October 26, 2009—Existing-home sales bounced back strongly in September with first-time buyers driving much of the activity, marking five gains in the past six months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales–including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops–jumped 9.4% ...


Are Short Sales Anything but Short?

RISMEDIA, October 23, 2009—(MCT)—For buyers, short sales are a way to get a bargain. For upside-down homeowners, they are a way to avoid foreclosure. But for pretty much everyone involved, short sales are not a way to buy a house ...


Expert Panelists to Offer Exclusive Insights into Maximizing Distressed Property Business

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2009—Top real estate executives and officials from around the country will convene to discuss Maximizing Distressed Property Business at this year’s RISMedia Power Broker Forum being held Friday, Nov. 13 during the NAR Convention in San Diego. ...


59% of Home Buyers Rely on Low Down-Payment Government Mortgages

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—The new home market is cooling down and government intervention has been a key driver to new home sales, according to a recent monthly survey of home builders, just released by John Burns Real Estate Consulting.  ...


Industry’s Most Powerful Associations Send Letter to Administration Advocating for Extension of Homebuyer Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2009—The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) along with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) sent a letter to senior Obama Administration officials yesterday requesting their support for a 12-month extension of ...


Looking Toward the Future – How Should Home Equity Figure into Your Retirement Planning?

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2009—(MCT)—When it comes to planning for retirement, there are many questions to answer. But to Anna Rappaport, there are three that matter and perhaps one that doesn't get enough attention: When should you retire? When ...


A Fix-Up Strategy Works in Long Run: If You Have Time on Your Side, Improve and Enjoy Your Home

RISMEDIA, October 17, 2009—(MCT)—You're thinking of selling—but not just yet. Let's say you've got a five-year plan to prepare an older, lived-in house for sale.  ...


$8,000 Tax Credit’s Hoops Frustrate House Hunters

RISMEDIA, October 16, 2009—(MCT)—This summer, Brian Smith decided he should buy a house. Prices were at record lows; "for sale" signs were common, and, most important, he could get a tax credit of as much as $8,000 for first-time buyers ...


Don’t Miss RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR in San Diego: Maximizing Distressed Property Business

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2009—All NAR full-conference and day-conference attendees are encouraged to attend “Maximizing Distressed Property Business,” RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum being held Friday, November 13 from 12:30-2 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center during the NAR conference.  ...


Changing Recruiting Strategies to Bolster Sales: How to Hire Agents Who Will Produce

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2009—As the real estate market continues to shift, recruiting strategies must be constantly evolving so that real estate professionals are always bringing agents who will produce into their office. While some markets that have remained strong throughout ...


Equity Financing – A Solution to Today’s Housing Crisis?

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2009—As the housing market continues to struggle its way toward stabilization, Steve Cinelli, founder and chief strategy officer at PRIMARQ, discusses the notion of equity financing and how he and his team are working with leaders in ...


Overcoming Fear of Foreclosure Critical for Many People to Keep Their Homes

RISMEDIA, October 10, 2009—Foreclosure numbers continue to rise and many homeowners are at an increased risk of losing their home. While foreclosure can be prevented, many homeowners remain confused or afraid to confront their mortgage problems and take ...


U.S. Homebuyers Pay Closer to Listing Price in August, but Are Still Negotiating Thousands in Discounts

RISMEDIA, October 9, 2009—Home buyers in much of the U.S. are still paying thousands of dollars below the home's asking price, but had slightly less negotiating power in August 2009 than they did in July, according to the ...


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