Expert Advice: Selling your Home over the HolidaysThe holidays are fast approaching. Regardless of what denomination you are- the next couple of months are probably going to be more hectic than most as you prepare to conclude 2011 with friends and family. If your home is on the market, this time of year is also particularly tricky. Fortunately there is great advice [...]
10 Ways to Get the Best of Winter When Selling Your HomeIf your home will be for sale this winter, it is important to master certain seasonal issues that are less significant or even non-existent at other times of the year. Here are 10 bits of sage advice from RE/MAX agents that can help put a “Sold” sticker on that yard sign. Let Those Lights Shine: [...]
3 Tips to Sell Your Home This FallAs temperatures dip and fall settles in with the promise of winter ahead, home owners need to pay extra attention to certain details in order to set themselves apart from the competition. 1. Maintain your landscape. Flowers aren’t exactly flourishing this time of year but sellers should still make the most of what they have. [...]
Rand on Real Estate: Should I Take a Short Sale on My Investment Property?Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, and host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, discusses concerns over negative equity on investment properties. Would a short sale be the best way to go? To see more clips on Rand on Real Estate, click here.
5 Things You Need to Know to Sell a Home That’s UnderwaterMore and more people are in over their heads when it comes to their home. In this tough economy, many have fallen behind on their mortgages and don’t know where to begin to rid themselves of the property that they can no longer afford. Real estate agent and short sale trainer Mike Cuevas of Exit [...]
Getting Your Home SoldWhile certain tips like properly staging your space will help get your home sold no matter what the economic climate, picking a talented real estate agent is one of the most crucial assets in getting your home sold fast and for the right price. During the summer this is especially important to consider because buyers [...]
MONEY Magazine Reveals Annual “MONEY’s 100 Best Places to Live in America”“MONEY” magazine has revealed the 2011 list of “MONEY’s 100 Best Places to Live in America,” highlighting small towns across the country with populations of 50,000 or less. For the annual cover-story, on sale August 19, MONEY looked for places with the optimal combination of job opportunities, fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets, good healthcare, [...]
95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate MortgagesIn the second quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for about 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) Quarterly Product Transition Report released yesterday. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. An increasing share of refinancing borrowers [...]
5 Inexpensive Home Updates to Complete before Listing Your HomeThere is no perfect formula for selling your home efficiently, but by following these five tips prior to listing you can increase your chances to close quickly at a higher price. 1.) Update your old garage door(s). Garage doors seem like a non-issue, but many times they make up a significant percentage of the front [...]
The Power of Belief and ExpectationRISMEDIA, April 8, 2011—While you may not always get what you want, you will always get what you expect! Surprisingly, the power of belief and expectation work just as effectively on your feelings of self-doubt and limitation as they do on your thoughts of success and achievement. Think thoughts of defeat or failure and you [...]
March Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Need to Advance Market StabilizationRISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have released the March edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard. Officials caution that the latest housing figures underscore fragility in the housing market and the need to continue efforts to help American families stay in [...]
Reaction Overflows to Fed’s New Mortgage RulesRISMEDIA, April 7, 2011—(MCT)—Federal regulators recently asked for public comment by June 10, 2011 on their proposal to require lenders that package mortgages for the secondary market to assume some of the risk of those loans. The regulators didn’t need to ask, however, as there has been no lack of comment since details of the [...]
Today’s Featured Listing: Watch the Sunset from This Water-front HomeRISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Located on Venice Island in Venice, Fla., this beautiful three bedroom home being listed by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) Member Prudential Palms Realty. This three story home offers hardwood floors, formal dining, three full spa-style bathrooms and a luxurious pool fully equipped with fountains and waterfalls. Enjoy waterfront access, lounge [...]
Why Even Qualified Homebuyers Are Standing StillRISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Despite the uptick in sales of homes worth one million dollars or more last year (up 18.6% in 2010 according to DataQuick) the average American homebuyer is still proceeding with a large degree of caution. Below are six reasons why even qualified homebuyers are holding out on the decision to purchase a [...]
VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revial: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate WealthRISMEDIA, January 27, 2011—This unprecedented housing crisis has a flip side—the investment opportunity of a generation. One in four real estate transactions in 2011 will be purchases by investors. Learn how to capture this opportunity: The gold rush is on. Editor’s Note: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival is a new weekly video column by [...]
Economic and Housing Outlooks Brighten According to Fannie Mae Analysis GroupRISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—Improvements in consumer spending and consumer confidence, increased demand for goods and services, and falling unemployment claims are all positive factors for a brighter outlook as we move into 2011, according to the December 2010 Economic Outlook released today by Fannie Mae’s (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group. [...]
Bank of America Halts Foreclosure Sales during Investigation of Its PracticesRISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—(MCT)—A Bank of America freeze on foreclosure sales spread Friday to the Inland Empire in California after the biggest bank in the U.S. announced it was broadening an investigation into its foreclosure practices to all 50 states. The halt, which took effect yesterday, adds to growing concerns that lenders have been repossessing [...]
Real Estate Agents Reviewing Safety Precautions in Wake of Ohio CrimesRISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—(MCT)—In response to the recent crimes against real-estate agents in the Youngstown and Kent, Ohio, areas, local real-estate brokers are reviewing safety precautions for their agents. These incidents remind all agents nationwide to review safety procedures when showing vacant homes. Asa Cox, owner of Asa Cox Homes, in Madison, has sent out [...]
Regional Spotlight: Mortgage Defaults at Lowest Levels in 5 YearsRISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—Default risk on home loans in Ann Arbor, Mich., fell once again this quarter to its lowest level in more than five years, says a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Dennis Capozza, professor of finance and real estate and the Dykema Professor of Business Administration, says that [...]
NAR Buyer and Seller Survey Shows Value of Long-Term Home OwnershipRISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—Home buyers today have affirmed a long-term view of home ownership, the typical seller is experiencing positive returns and the vast majority of home owners see their property as a good investment, according to the latest consumer survey of home buyers and sellers. The study was released at the 2010 Realtors Conference [...]
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