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A Specialized Approach – Centralized Showing Service Makes Scheduling Home Showings Simple

RISMEDIA, May 30, 2009-Having become familiar with Centralized Showing Service (CSS) when she worked as an agent, Donna Kreps, vice president of sales for Indianapolis, Indiana-based FC Tucker, was well aware of the numerous advantages that working with CSS-a company that specializes in scheduling home showings-would provide. Allowing a specialist ...


How to Manage E-mail on Multiple Devices

RISMEDIA, May 30, 2009-I received this e-mail recently from one of our e-mailPLUS customers: ...


Keeping in Touch with Your Agents Keeps You ahead in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-Keeping in touch with your agents is a crucial element in today's real estate market and real estate professionals across the country are getting back to basics in order to keep their agents informed as to the market conditions. Here, Denton See, president, Carol Jones, Realtors in ...


Generation Y – An Opportunity and a Challenge

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-Born between 1978-1987 (now 22-31 years old), the Millennial Generation number 72 million strong in the U.S. and 2 billion globally-an increasingly powerful economic force. For many real estate professionals, future success will depend on successfully adapting sales and marketing strategies to fit the needs and desires ...


Allow Yourself to Succeed

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-Success lies within each of us. It is very interesting to discover what it is that triggers that response within us that makes the shift in our thinking to allow us to succeed. I'm talking about that ‘aha' moment, when all of a sudden, our goals and ...


Casting a Wider Recruiting Net

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-Real estate is changing from what many of us have known for a long time now. And it will be a long time before we see another market as we have in the past; an easy career choice where one can make a lot of money with ...


Customize Your IDX Solution, Give Site Visitors the Information They Want

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2009-IDX, or Internet Data Exchange, is an agreed-upon display of listings of brokers who opt in to the agreement. They can then display their listings and those of all member brokers on their site for search. The fields that are displayed are also agreed upon in advance, ...


You Can-and Must- Work Distressed Properties

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2009-Real estate agents who are finding success in today's market likely have a key commonality: they've accepted that working the foreclosure market is no longer optional. ...


Lifestyle and Economic Changes May be Permanent – Tips to Adjust and Prosper in ‘Reset’ Economy

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2009-Shock dealt by the market is laying the foundation for deep, long-term change where quick or temporary adjustments won't do. Rocked to their core, consumers are saying a good-bye to frivolous expenditures. In fact, Americans say that even after the recession ends, their spending will return to ...


Why Agent Selection is Essential in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, May 23, 2009-Continuing our May Viewpoints series, this week, Cabot L. Jaffe, AlignMark's President and CEO, takes the stage, offering his advice on why it is crucial to have a quality recruitment and hiring process in place so that you surround yourself with agents who are passionate about the ...


It’s All about Me…How Taking Care of Yourself Allows You to Care Better for Others

RISMEDIA, May 21, 2009-Today is my "I can do anything" day. I think that we could all do with one of those days where we maintain that anything is possible. Today I am going to stash all the stuff that I have been carrying around with me into one big ...


How Do You Plan on Capitalizing on a Mobile Voice in This Market?

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2009-While mobile media is still in its early stages, the growing consensus is that it will become lucrative to those that master it. As home buyers continue to look to the Internet in search of homes, it is crucial that real estate professionals stay ahead of this ...


Simple, Yet Smart – How Lowen Sign Company Is Helping Realtors in the Current Market

RISMEDIA, May 18, 2009-There are many things that through the down market Realtors have begun to cut out of their budgets. From print advertising to printing paper, everyone feels the pinch. While the idea of "getting back to basics" has begun to become cliché, some principles still hold true, one ...


Get the Most Out of Your IDX – Use Protectionism against the Competition for Leads

RISMEDIA, May 15, 2009-IDX stands for Internet Data Exchange, or a system in which the broker members of a local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) agree to share their listings in a common database for broker use, as well as marketing release within strict guidelines. All participating brokers can display the ...


Top 5 Q&A: The 3 Top Business Rules to Live By

Editor's note: This week RISMedia is running a five-part series of Q&As with Top 5 in Real Estate member Valerie Fitzgerald, owner of The Valerie Fitzgerald Group (www.thevaleriefitzgeraldgroup.com) in Beverly Hills, California. Valerie will offer unique insight into what it takes to be successful in today's challenging times, and her ...


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