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Habitat Turns Crisis to Advantage by Rehabbing Foreclosures

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—(MCT)—Faced with the realities of the foreclosure crisis, nonprofit homebuilder Habitat for Humanity is adding a piece of equipment in its tool chest: a sledgehammer. After decades of rallying volunteers to build new houses for low-income families, the international nonprofit's Orlando chapter has started using federal funds ...


An Unlikely New Business Buzzword: Why It’s Time to Stop Obsessing Over Numbers and Start Nourishing Your Culture

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—Despite all the hopeful talk of “recovery,” it seems clear that Corporate America is stuck in the recession muck and can’t pull itself out. We’re trying to survive the “new normal”—working twice as hard for the same (or worse) results—and at many companies, the anxiety is almost ...


NRT Announces Executive Appointments

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—NRT LLC, one of the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage companies, has announced the promotion of Kate Rossi to regional executive vice president for the company’s Southeast region. Rossi, who previously served as president of NRT’s Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage company in Connecticut and Westchester County, ...


Vendor News: RES.NET Asset Management Software Completes Data Feed to Bid4Assets.com Auction Platform

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2010—RES.NET, a leading asset management software company, announced a data integration agreement with Bid4Assets.com, one of the leading online real estate auction companies nationwide. The agreement allows RES.NET’s clients to directly feed real estate property listings to the Bid4Assets.com auction site for additional exposure in liquidating their ...


Harvard Researcher Shares Insights on Housing Comeback

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—(MCT)—As director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard, Nicolas Retsinas has had a front-row seat for the real estate market’s dramatic boom and bust. After 12 years at the center, Retsinas left the director’s ...


1parkplace Offers Broker Webinar on Hyper-Local Marketing

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2010—1parkplace announces an informative webinar workshop for brokerage leadership that is designed to reveal the secrets to online and offline market domination. ...


‘Fundamental Change’ for Fannie and Freddie, Geithner Says

RISMEDIA, August, 18, 2010—(MCT)—With sweeping financial reform legislation enacted, the White House and Congress now must focus on fixing the mess created by the failed housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It's a complex challenge with high stakes ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a free field guide to short sales through NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative, technology tools and savings from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program, and homeownership and stable communities go hand-in-hand. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


The Year of the Short Sale: 7 Tips to Finding Your New Home at Discount

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—Real estate professionals nationwide are calling 2010 “the year of the short sale,” where homeowners who owe more on their properties than what they are worth sell at deeply discounted prices—with the blessing of their lender. ...


Preparing for the Economic Turnaround: RE/MAX Chairman Tells His Brokers What to Focus on to Succeed

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—As the housing market continues its sluggish recovery, brokers should still focus on the basics of recruiting and retaining—but also must take back training and be prepared to work within the distressed property market if they want to ...


Strategies for Success: Brokers, Where Are All of Your Internet Leads Going?

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—With the array of products, technologies and systems out there, are you getting maximum benefit from your Internet marketing and personnel investment? Today, many brokerages invest not only in their own Web blog or social media sites, ...


The Google Pot of Gold That No One Is Claiming

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—When it comes to finding a niche to get in front of real estate buyers and sellers, there are very few to choose from. As we know, most real estate agents currently run print ads in local publications, input listings in their local MLS and try to ...


Staying Relevant in Today’s Market through Lifestyle Branding

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—As consumer’s expectations continue to shift, it is crucial that real estate agents take the time to understand these changing needs. One of the ways that successful real estate agents are staying ahead of the curve today is by branding the lifestyles they are selling. Here, Sherry ...


Do Brokerages Resist Change?

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—I recently had a fascinating conversation with another industry professional who made me laugh even though the topic was very sad. This person made an analogy to dinosaurs and the Ice Age that rang true as it relates to what is happening in the real estate brokerage ...


Tips for Building Powerful E-mail Marketing Lists

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—While the philosophers debate whether a tree falling in a forest makes a sound when no one is around to hear it, real estate agents and brokers know that if no one’s reading your e-mails, they’re not ...


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