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2009 

I am launching a nationwide short sale website. I will have a national database for Realtor referrals as one of the resources on the site. I'd love to have some fellow Rainmakers on the site. If you want your info included in the database, please leave me a comment with your contact information. ...
12/29/2009
As I was getting on the computer this morning, this headline, The Biggest Real Estate Flops of 2009, caught my eye. 2009 was no doubt a tough year in real estate, but a $65 MILLION dollar price slash?! Wow! This article was on my Yahoo homepage, but it looks like it was originally written for The...
12/15/2009
  When it comes to DIY projects, one socket size rarely fits all.  So, for light jobs around the house, the 16-in-1 Black & Decker socket wrench can come in handy.  Its official name is the ReadyWrench. The ReadyWrench won't replace a complete socket set, but because it features the 16 most popul...
12/14/2009
Since peaking in July 2009, national foreclosure activity has dropped through 4 consecutive months.  On a month-to-month basis, November's foreclosure activity fell another 8 percent.  However, national foreclosure activity continues to be dominated by a minority of states. As reported by RealtyT...
12/10/2009
For many American homeowners, interest paid on a mortgage is tax-deductible in the year in which it was paid. Knowing that, eligible homeowners can increase their 2009 tax deductions just by making their January 2010 mortgage payment before the end of the year. By paying in 2009, the mortgage int...
12/08/2009
As temperatures turn cooler and home heating systems get fired, homeowners should learn to recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to safeguard against it. Watch this video from CBS News for more info. Carbon monoxide poisoning presents like the flu -- headache, dizziness, and...
12/07/2009
This morning's jobs report is causing mortgage rates to rise, capping a week during which rates have already jumped 3/8 percent off all-time lows. The government's November Non-Farm Payrolls report reinforced the notion that the recession is nearly over, if not over already. Just 11,000 jobs were...
12/04/2009
'Tis the season to do shopping -- and get bombarded with offers to open credit cards. The deals are tempting, too. "Open a charge card today" and save up to 20% on your purchase. Considering that the average Black Friday ticket was $343, that's $68 saved per store. For big-ticket items like telev...
12/03/2009
When a home seller accepts a contract on an MLS-listed property, the property's status changes from "Active" to "Pending". This means the home is scheduled to sell, but not yet sold. Each month, the National Association of Realtors® tallies the number of pending homes and publishes the data as th...
12/02/2009
The supply of newly-built homes fell to its lowest levels since 2006, offering additional proof of a housing market in recovery. Home supply is defined as the amount of time it would take to sell the current inventory of homes at the current pace of sales. In October, for the 8th consecutive mont...
12/01/2009
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