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In this Edition: HARP 2.0, Spring Cleaning

April 4, 2012 3:56 pm

Our lead story in this month’s Home Matters, brought to you through our company's membership in RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), examines how the recent extensions to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) will help homeowners refinance and take advantage of historically low interest rates. Other topics covered this month include simple plumbing fixes that will keep your home sale from going down the drain and staging basics you can't afford to overlook this spring. We hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Home Matters and as always, we welcome your feedback. Email us anytime!

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Case-Shiller House Prices: A Tale of 20 Cities

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

Eye On Housing—The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes were released recently with data through January for the 10 and 20 city composites (and component cities). The national index, which is calculated quarterly, and the Charlotte, NC metropolitan area, due to delays in data reporting, were not included in the release. The composites were both down [...]

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Reology Announces Results for iThrive Wellness Program

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

Realogy Corporation, a leading provider of real estate and relocation services, has announced the annual results of its iThrive employee wellness program, which also garnered recognition by a renowned organization and its own employees. Realogy’s iThrive program focuses on promoting and sustaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention, and access [...]

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Facing Foreclosure? Know Your Deductions and Credits

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

According to NPR, more than half the nation saw a spike in foreclosures last month. With more and more homeowners facing foreclosures, experts at The Tax Institute at H&R Block offer the following information on credits and deductions, which can provide assistance to individuals prior to and after this unfortunate circumstance. • Mortgage Debt Forgiveness: [...]

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Stewart Honored as One of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. Stewart was selected based on an independent audit of 8,000 companies listed on the U.S. stock exchanges. “Stewart is extremely proud that the integrity with which we’ve operated for well over a century has [...]

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Spotlight on Mobile: Leading to Tablets

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

Last week I had the opportunity to attend one of my favorite real estate events of the year; the Leading Real Estate (LeadingRE) Companies of the World Annual Conference. What makes this event different from others in my opinion is the level of engagement by the broker/owner or main decision maker themselves throughout the entire [...]

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Rand on Real Estate: Caller Seeks Guidance on Selling Investment

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

Greg Rand (@GSRand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com and host of Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC, takes a call from an investor in Springfield, N.J. The caller is seeking guidance on selling her current investment property. She is having a difficult time getting her mortgaged refinanced. Rand gives his advice on selling, and using the [...]

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Foreclosure Proceedings Can Make or Break Local Market Recovery

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

The housing market seems to be on the upswing, and some experts say that by 2014, the market will be back on track. Last week NAR noted that investment properties are on the rise, and the National Institute of Home Builders reports that contractors have high expectations for remodeling this year. According to data from [...]

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Today’s News at a Glance

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces Award Winners

April 3, 2012 3:56 pm

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2012–Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Rand Realty announced its annual awards for the highest-achieving sales associates. BHG Rand Realty recognized 116 sales associates at its March 16th annual company-wide meeting and honored three of the highest performers in each of five regions – Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess and Northern NJ. The winners and [...]

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