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Realtor iPad App ‘Opens Real Estate Up to Millions’

iPad is the latest mobile device with access to a Realtor.com app, according to details released Tuesday by Move, Inc., operator of the official site of the National Association of Realtors. Compatible with iPad iOS 4.0 or higher, the free app provides property listings with maps and GPS directions, among other features. Realtor.com mobile apps have been downloaded 3.6 million times with active users increasing by 79 percent in four months.

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Industry Data Points to Record-High Level of Short Sales

An industry study released Monday shows that nearly half of home sales activity last month involved distressed properties, a trend that is likely to continue as the backlog of foreclosures and mortgage defaults make their way through the pipeline. Within this distressed property segment, the market analysis shows a boom in short sales during the month of March to a record-high 19.6 percent, and a drop in the proportion of damaged REO, which the report says should be a positive for home values in future months.

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Realtors Report Fewer Distressed Sales in California

While the share of distressed sales - REOs and short sales - is on the rise when tallying numbers nationwide, it's falling in California. The California Association of Realtors reports that the total ratio of all distressed property types sold statewide declined in March to 51 percent, down from 56 percent in February. REOs sold last month went for 88 percent less than non-distressed properties, while short sales had a median discount of 41 percent.

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Foreclosures Account for 43% of Twin Cities Home Sales

Foreclosure sales accounted for roughly 43 percent of home sale closings in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota last month, and 40 percent of pending home sales contracts. While those market shares are in line with recent trends, Brad Fisher, president of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, says they're still higher than what he'd like to see. While overall purchase activity in March was down 17 percent, the foreclosure segment saw a 30 percent jump in closed sales.

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Washington State Restricts Wall Street Home Resale Fees

Washington Governor Christine Gregoire recently signed legislation to restrict Wall Street home resale fees - also known as private transfer fees. The new law, sponsored by Sen. Nick Harper, places a ban on these fees. Rep. Roger Goodman sponsored the companion bill in the state's House of Representatives. Washington is the 25th state to restrict the use of these fees.

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Legislation Introduced to Speed Lender Response to Short Sales

Two lawmakers, one Republican and one Democrat, have joined forces to push federal legislation through that would facilitate wider use and shorter transaction timelines for a foreclosure alternative that some say could be a lifeline for millions of underwater homeowners while drastically reducing the number of empty, repossessed homes lining U.S. neighborhoods - the short sale. The bill would impose a deadline of 45 days on lenders to give an approval, disapproval, or status of a decision on an offer for a short sale.

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Texas Realtors Rally for Homeowner Rights at State Capitol

More than 2,000 Texas Realtors descended on the Texas Capitol in Austin April 12 for the 2011 Legislative Hill Visits. The governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the Texas House, and legislators met with the Realtors to discuss a range of consumer-protection legislation, including homeowner rights. Realtors say Texas has withstood the real estate bubble that ravaged the rest of the country largely because state leaders made protection of private-property rights a priority in recent sessions.

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California Realtors and Fannie Mae Launch Effort to Expedite Short Sales

The California Association of Realtors has partnered with Fannie Mae on an initiative designed to help Realtors resolve issues that arise after a short sale offer is made on a Fannie Mae-backed loan. The effort centers around technology from the GSE, the Fannie Mae Short Sale Assistance Desk, which helps brokers and agents shorten the waiting period for approval on Fannie Mae short sale transactions. It also assists real estate professionals with post-contract issues, the existence of a second lien, or problems involving mortgage insurance.

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Shadow Inventory May Deplete Quicker In Hardest Hit States

A recent report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reveals interesting information regarding the foreclosure inventory of the hardest hit states. It is pretty well known that Arizona, Nevada, California, and Florida have been most affected by the foreclosure crisis. Together the four states make up 42 percent of the foreclosure volume in the United States. Despite this, NAR estimates it could take as little as seven months to clear the shadow inventory in some of the hardest hit states.

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California Association of Realtors Calls for Short Sale Reform

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) sought to bring attention to what the organization describes as the state's ""ineffective"" short sale process Thursday by placing an open letter advertisement in California's seven largest daily newspapers. The letter, signed by CAR president Beth L. Peerce, called on lenders and industry regulators to streamline and improve the short sale process.

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