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Gifting Your Children Their First Home Could Be the Best Holiday Present This Year

Mike Mondello isn’t just a real estate agent. He’s also a parent. And as a parent, he wants the best for his children. That might include helping them buy their first homes. Mondello, managing broker of RE/MAX Synergy with offices … Continue reading

HARP Refinances Continue Surge in First Half of 2012

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released its June Refinance Report, which shows that one of every three refinances through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were made through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), the highest number since the … Continue reading

Coldwell Banker Launches Monthly Blog by President; First ‘Real Estate by the Numbers’ Breaks Down Surprising Most-Viewed Listings

Editor’s Note: The following blog post can be found on “Blue Matter,” Coldwell Banker’s official company blog. Welcome to my inaugural monthly post that goes “inside” the numbers of coldwellbanker.com to hopefully shed some light on trends in the home … Continue reading

RISMedia’s First Ever Twitter Contest Rewards Readers with AmEx Gift Card

Here at RISMedia, we are grateful for our faithful readers, Facebook friends and Twitter followers! To show our appreciation, we are paying you back—in cash! Well, sort of. Starting today, Monday June 4, and running through Wednesday June 13, we … Continue reading

Housing Affordability Indices Reach Records in First Quarter

Housing affordability conditions for all buyers reached a milestone in the first quarter, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR’s composite quarterly Housing Affordability Index rose to a record high of 205.9 in first quarter, based on the relationship … Continue reading

79 Percent of Refinancing Homeowners Maintain or Reduce Mortgage Debt in First Quarter

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) released the results of its first quarter refinance analysis showing homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their fiscal house. In the first quarter of 2012, 79 percent of homeowners who refinanced their first-lien home mortgage either … Continue reading

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Launches Reality Broadcast Series: ‘Home, First Home’

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently unveiled its new online and television reality series, “Home, First Home”(SM). The series, which features real stories from first-time homebuyers across the country, as well as advice from Better Homes and Gardens Real … Continue reading

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Launches Reality Broadcast Series: ‘Home, First Home’

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate recently unveiled its new online and television reality series, “Home, First Home”(SM). The series, which features real stories from first-time homebuyers across the country, as well as advice from Better Homes and Gardens Real … Continue reading

Housing Expected to Add to GDP for First Time in 7 Years

The 2012 outlook is improving modestly from a disappointing 2011. Economic growth picked up in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 2.8 percent and is expected to come in at 2.3 percent for 2012, up from 1.6 percent growth for … Continue reading