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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 ...


1.4 Million Families Have Taken Advantage of First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit, More Claims Expected

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—With the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit deadline quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service recently reminded potential home buyers they must complete their first-time home purchases before Dec. 1, 2009 to qualify for the special ...


‘Teal Is the New Green’: How One Company’s Focus on the Environment Is Creating New Marketing Strategy for Agents

RISMEDIA, October 7, 2009—“The environment will be one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Soon it will dominate virtually all aspects of life in North America—socially, politically and economically. Today’s great leaders and entrepreneurs ...


Finding Your Dream Foreclosure: What to Know When You’re Buying an REO Property

RISMEDIA, October 5, 2009—(MarketWatch/MCT)—Buying a foreclosure often is appealing to buyers trying to stretch their dollars. It's finding a good one can that can be a challenge. ...


Record Streak Continues for Pending Home Sales

RISMEDIA, October 3, 2009—Pending home sales have increased for seven straight months, the longest in the series of the index which began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  ...


First-Time Homebuyers Buoy Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, October 2, 2009—(MCT)—The housing market is getting a much-needed boost as first-time homebuyers rush to take advantage of an $8,000 federal tax credit that is set to expire Nov. 30, 2009.  ...


Credit Woes to Threaten Housing Recovery?

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2009—Nearly two-thirds of single-family home builders are reporting a severe lack of credit for housing production, threatening the fragile housing recovery before it has time to take hold, according to a new builder survey of acquisition, development ...


More Rough Times Ahead for U.S. Economy, despite Recent Improvements

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2009—Despite recent signs of improvement, more rough times are ahead for the U.S. economy, according to several prominent experts in real estate and the economy who attended a recent forum at the Nixon Presidential Library.  ...


Existing-Home Sales Ease Following 4 Monthly Gains

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2009—Existing-home sales in August 2009 gave back some of their strong gain in July but remain above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  ...


Short Sales Spread across Real Estate Market, Leaving Frustration in Their Wake

RISMEDIA, September 26, 2009—(MCT)—A few years ago, few people in the housing market had ever heard of a short sale. Mention the term today and people, whether they are homeowners or real estate agents, just roll their eyes. ...


18% of Prospective First-Time Home Buyers Say Extending $8,000 Tax Credit Would be Primary Influence on Decision to Buy

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2009—Nearly one in five (18%) prospective first-time home buyers said extending the $8,000 tax credit would be the primary influence on their decision to buy a home before the end of 2010, according to a Zillow survey. ...


RISMedia and The Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Lead Industry Out of Recession

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2009—The message was clear, and frankly, not the “happy days are here again” refrain that some may have wanted to hear, as news of economic recovery begins to take shape. Yet, more than 500 real estate professionals ...


Single-Family Starts Ease as Credit Deadline Looms

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2009—Production of new single-family homes slowed in August 2009 as the expiration date for an important buyer incentive drew nearer, according to figures recently released by the U.S. Commerce Department. While overall housing starts rose 1.5% to ...


Households’ Net Worth Rises for First Time in Two Years

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2009—(MCT)—American households were $2 trillion richer on June 30, 2009 than they were three months earlier, the first time in two years that household net worth has increased, the Federal Reserve recently reported.  ...


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