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Fixer-Upper Financing: 203k Program Provides Buyers with Renovation Funds

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2010—(MCT)—The word "as-is" can indeed be one scary phrase. Especially when buying a home in today's market where foreclosures and short sales that need fix-up work are plentiful. ...


Many Stay at Home for Free as Banks Defer Evictions

RISMEDIA, March 27, 2010—(MCT)—It's been 16 months since Eugene and Patricia Harrison last paid the mortgage on their Perris, Calif., home. Eleven months since the notice got slapped on their front door, warning that it would be sold at auction. ...


10 Staging Tips to Help Your Home Sell

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2010—(MCT)—Want to sell your home? Get out the bucket, mop and Mr. Clean. The key to making a positive first impression is simple, said Sandra Rinomato, host of HGTV's popular "Property Virgins" show. ...


Don’t Miss Out! Get Instant Updates on the Real Estate Social Media Event of the Year

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2010—Want to get instant access to information on RISMedia’s 2010 Leadership Conference—The Real Estate Social Media Summit? What about onsite news and updates? ...


Short Sales: The Rise, the Revenue, the Reality

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2010—Distressed homes are still accounting for more than a third of all sales nationwide, providing evidence that real estate recovery is still fragile at best. While there is no magic bullet for understanding or navigating the short ...


5 Popular Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2010—(MCT)—Instead of playing the trade-up game, more homeowners are staying in their homes, upgrading kitchens and baths and building additions to accommodate their needs instead of moving into a bigger house, but there are also some early ...


Unfinished Homes a Sad Symbol of Real Estate Downturn

RISMEDIA, March 13, 2010—(MCT)—The listing describes the new, six-bedroom, six-bath Colonial on Timberlane Road in Upper Saddle River, N.J., as "spectacular." With an asking price of almost $1.6 million, it's a "must see," the listing says. ...


5 Tips for a Successful Home Remodel

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2010—As spring approaches, many homeowners grow eager to start remodeling projects to update and refresh their surroundings. Before getting started, it’s a good idea to hire a professional remodeler for a workable plan and better results, according ...


3 Real Estate Market Challenges to Tackle Throughout the Year

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2010—It’s not likely anything could surprise us as much as the sheer magnitude of the slowdown we’re experiencing. Just be prepared for anything going forward. ...


Pending Home Sales Down; Severe Weather Impacting Market

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2010—Pending home sales are down and additional declines are expected from abnormal weather conditions, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Is It the Beginning of the End for Housing Crisis?

RISMEDIA, March 8, 2010—(MCT)—A smaller percentage of mortgages were delinquent and the rate of those entering the foreclosure process slowed in the fourth quarter of 2009, possible signs that the foreclosure crisis that has gripped many of the nation's housing ...


4 Ways to ‘Sharpen Your Saw’ to Increase Production

RISMEDIA, March 6, 2010—What does it mean to "sharpen your saw?” According to Dr. Steven Covey, "sharpening your saw" means “increasing your personal production capacity by daily self care and self-maintenance.” Why is this important? In my 13+ years of ...


Things Are Looking Up – Finding Success during Tough Economic Times

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2010—Despite the changes in the real estate industry and the economic despair that accompanied 2009, Realty Executives International, Inc. has maintained a steadfast approach in its commitment to supporting its “Executives” (real estate agents) in their success. ...


Existing-Home Sales Down in January 2010 but Higher Than Year Ago

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2010—Existing-home sales fell in January 2010 but are above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales- including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops- dropped 7.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million ...


Social Media and the Future of Real Estate: RISMedia and 1parkplace launch the 2010 Dalton/Hundley Real Estate Social Media Census(sm)

RISMEDIA, March 2, 2010—In a commitment to reveal the best practices, systems and solutions for maximizing the opportunities presented by social media and social networking, RISMedia and 1parkplace announce the launch of the 2010 Dalton/Hundley Real Estate Social Media Census(sm). ...


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