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The Long Song of Technology: Does Your Voice Make the Cut?

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2011—Leading economists agree that 122 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 46 dictate the growth and success of the US and Global economy. This group has become labeled as the “Economic Influencers.” Professionals in ...


Making the Most of Seller Contributions: Not Just for Closing Costs Anymore

When it comes to seller contributions, the real estate and mortgage industries are well overdue for a new way of thinking. That’s because the majority of agents (and buyers and loan officers, too) simply think the only use for seller contributions is to cover closing costs, and that means you’re ...


Mortgage Marvel Rate Trends Shows Jump in 30-Year Fixed Rates

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2011—Mortgage Marvel Rate Trends™, a daily survey of over 950 lenders, shows 30-year, fixed rates bouncing up 0.15% to 4.78% after setting a new six-month low last week. ...


Top Ten Ways to Lose Customers in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—Sales and marketing consultant, Brett Clay, author of Selling Change, 101+ Secrets for Growing Sales by Leading Change, reveals his top ten list of mistakes salespeople and companies are making in today’s market. Clay says, "Some of ...


Do QR codes work?

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—Over the past six months, QR Codes—those funny looking square bar codes—have become all the rage. They started popping up in retail stores, magazines and every real estate tradeshow in this hemisphere. Real estate agents were anxious to use them and vendors were anxious to incorporate them ...


Prices Rise for Second Consecutive Month

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—Hours after the National Association of REALTORS® announced an 8.2 percent jump in May prices, CoreLogic confirmed its May numbers show a second consecutive month-over-month increase. ...


Rand on Real Estate: The Professional Investor, Part IV

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com, host of “Rand on Real Estate” on 770 WABC, answers the question “How do professional investors play this market?” Buy at the right time, says Rand; buy in an area ...


Avoiding Special Effects

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—Many camcorders come with a wide variety of special effects already built in. You can put in dissolves, wipes, and editing transitions of all kinds. You may be able to record in black and white, or other unique variations, along with adding graphics. It’s a collection of ...


Real Estate Technology is Shifting

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—We are seeing a significant shift occurring in real estate technology that will impact our industry dramatically in the years to come. Like most shifts, it didn’t happen all at once but if you look carefully you can see the seeds of this shift many years back. ...


Do You Wish You Were Making More Money?

RISMEDIA, July 2, 2011—For the past few months, I have opened my speaking engagements by asking this simple question: “How many of you wish you were making more money?” It’s not a trick question. Not surprisingly, the answer is always ...


The NAR Power Broker Roundtable: The Lifeblood of Your Business: Attracting, Developing and Retaining Top Agents over the Long Haul

RISMEDIA, July 2, 2011—The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Charlie Oppler, NAR’s Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. ...


Xplode Real Estate Conference Features ‘The Website Shredder’

Every real estate professional wants a website with more traffic and more leads. The Website Shredder sessions at the Xplode Conference show the good and the bad about your website—live and on stage! ...


Five Tips to Make Sure Your Seller Doesn’t Switch Agents

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—In the current real estate market, with home sales slumping like an injured athlete, many sellers are pulling out all the stops to get their homes to sell. One of the most common tactics is to change ...


How to be Positive without being Pollyanna

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—It’s getting really crazy out there. We have officially seen the start of a race to the bottom among economists, statisticians and spokespeople who are all trying to win the award for Chicken Little of the Year. ...


Five Real Estate Trends to Watch For: Real Estate Veteran Points out Key Growth Opportunities

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—If the housing market were human, it would look like it just wrestled a few alligators, after running an obstacle course through a snake pit. ...