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Market Leader Acquires SharperAgent

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2011—Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR), a leader in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, today announced the acquisition of Denver-based SharperAgent, a leading provider of online and print marketing suites with more than 30,000 real estate agent users across North America. ...


Market Leader Acquires SharperAgent

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2011—Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR) (http://www.MarketLeader.com), a leader in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, today announced the acquisition of Denver-based SharperAgent, a leading provider of online and print marketing suites with more than 30,000 real estate agent users across North America. ...


REALTORS® to Regulators: Narrow QRM Definition Not Necessary to Assure Safe, Sound Mortgage Lending

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2011—A proposed rule by federal regulators to impose a minimum 20 percent down payment, stringent debt-to-income ratio requirements and rigid credit standards will deny millions of Americans access to safe, low-cost mortgages, according to the National Association ...


It’s Time to Link Up – with LinkedIn

Mention the phrase “social media” and most people automatically think of Facebook and Twitter. But if you have any dealings in the corporate world—whether you’re a CEO, salesperson, human resource manager, administrative assistant, or anything in between—you’ll want to take a closer look at LinkedIn. ...


Humanization, Relationships and Likeability

RISMEDIA, Aug 2, 2011—We can trace word-of-mouth marketing all the way back to 2000 B.C. when Eve said to Adam, “You ought to try a bite of this apple.” The Garden of Eden scenario represents marketing in its purest form—after ...


Rand on Real Estate: America Is a National Marketplace with Something for Everyone

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica hosts “Rand on Real Estate” on 770 WABC with a live caller from Passaic, N.J. discussing long-term retirement decisions of the current properties he owns. ...


Home-Price Index Sees Small Bump in May

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2011—(MCT)—A closely watched index of home prices in the largest U.S. cities increased from April to May, the second consecutive month of improvement, but experts attributed the bump to seasonal variations and prices continued to fall compared ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Property Search 3.0

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2011—There’s no question that as a society we are more mobile than we have ever been. With over 300 million mobile users in this country, a 96% penetration rate, it’s safe to say this isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. ...


Pending Home Sales Rise in June

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2011—Pending home sales increased in June following a wide swing down in April and then up in May, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Activity increased in the West and South but declined in the Midwest and Northeast; all regions show strong double-digit gains from a ...


Remodeling Activity Slows under Economic Uncertainty

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2011—The remodeling market slipped under pressure from a sluggish economy according to the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI), which dipped during the second quarter to 43.9 from the first quarter result of 46.5. An RMI below 50 indicates that more remodelers report ...


Home Prices Rise Second Month in Row, Will Uptick Continue?

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2011—(MCT)—Home prices in major U.S. cities increased in May for the second consecutive month, according to a closely watched index, although experts dismissed the uptick as seasonal while separate reports provided fresh evidence of a weak housing ...


Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2011— The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some ARM contracts, was 4.62 percent based ...


‘Normal’ Home Prices Are Stabilizing

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2011—Prices of “normal” homes—those that aren’t foreclosures or short sales—are stabilizing and the numbers of future foreclosures are falling. That “sliver of good news for consumer spending” was included in CoreLogic’s July report on housing and market trends. ...


How to Cultivate Strong, Inspired Teams and Guide Them to Meet a Common Goal

Paul David Walker—business advisor to mid-sized and Fortune 500 CEOs; founder of Genius Stone Partners, a company that partners with the C-suite to build business performance; and author of Unleashing Genius: Leading Yourself, Teams and Corporations—has guided business leaders to ...


Seasonal Home Price Increase Underway in May 2011

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—Data through May 2011, released recently by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed a second consecutive month of increase in prices for the 10- and 20-City Composites. The 10- and 20-City Composites were up 1.1% and 1.0%, ...