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Flippers Fuel Foreclosures

By Les ChristieRISMEDIA, September 6, 2007-(CNNMoney.com)--Flippers and other speculators investing in single-family homes helped drive up prices in many hot housing markets during the boom. Now they're contributing heavily to mortgage delinquencies in several of those markets. ...


The First American Corporation Announces Cost Reduction Initiatives

RISMEDIA, September 5, 2007--The First American Corporation has announced that the company expects to reduce personnel by approximately 1,300 full-time equivalents ("FTE"s) in the third quarter of 2007. This is in addition to approximately 600 FTEs eliminated in the second quarter of 2007.The personnel reductions in the second and third ...


Home Team: Builders Reach Out to Realtors: Sales Savvy of Realty Agents Enlisted to Move Properties

RISMEDIA, September 5, 2007--(MCT)--A growing number of home builders are turning to a higher sales power -- [local or regional] Multiple Listing Services -- to jump-start sales in a sluggish market.[Local or regional] Multiple Listing Service[s], Realtor-owned networks that constitute America's biggest marketplace of properties for sale, are best known ...


‘Profit by Publicity’ Shows Agents and Brokers How to Generate Publicity to Sell More Properties

RISMEDIA, September 5, 2007--The Marin Association of Realtors(R) has announced publication of "Profit by Publicity," the how-to reference book that shows real estate agents and brokers how to generate free publicity in a changing housing market to help build their reputations, get more listings and sell more properties.MAR President Valerie ...


Second-Home Buyers on Perpetual Vacation: The Housing Market May Be Slowing, but These Buyers Get Year-Round Retreats for Modest Sum

RISMEDIA, September 4, 2007--(MCT)--Kitty Allen calls it "the causeway effect." She feels it every Friday night, a loosening of the shoulders and a smoothing of worry lines as the Galveston Causeway appears in her windshield. ...


50 Days of Leaders: Helping Out-of-State Buyers

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2007--One sign that Lucas Lechuga's techniques for helping out-of-state buyers are working is that some of his clients have bought properties from him without ever seeing the place in person. Read how his marketing approach and self-taught videography skills helped him stand out among Realtor on the ...


ZipRealty Plans Expansion into New York State

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2007-ZipRealty, a national full-service real estate brokerage providing home buyers and sellers with high quality service and savings, announced earlier this month the Company's plans to begin operations in New York State. The Company plans to operate in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties by the end of ...


Briggs Freeman Announces New International Division

RISMEDIA, August 31, 2007--The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is now one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, as well as the fourth largest, adding 200 net new jobs every day and 370 residents, according to the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce.Given this growth, Briggs Freeman Real Estate ...


Baird & Warner Names New President of its Financial Services Division

RISMEDIA, August 31, 2007-Baird & Warner, one of the largest independent residential real estate services providers in Chicagoland, recently announced the appointment of Donna Burge, 55, to the role of president, Baird & Warner Financial Services.Baird & Warner Financial Services ranks among the top mortgage companies in Illinois, offering a ...


Sotheby’s International Realty Network Enters Singapore

RISMEDIA, August 30, 2007-Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC has announced it has expanded its global network to Singapore with the opening of a new firm, Singapore Sotheby's International Realty. ...


Stewart Title Pays $1 Million in California Insurance Settlement Claim

RISMEDIA, August 30, 2007-Stewart Title Guaranty Co. has settled a claim of $46,700,525 for $1,000,400 in an administrative proceeding filed by the California Department of Insurance (CDOI) concerning Stewart's purchase of reinsurance from alleged captive reinsurance companies. ...


Stewart Title Guaranty Co. Sponsors Study Assisting Native Americans to Improve Homeownership

RISMEDIA, August 30, 2007-Stewart Title Guaranty Co. is sponsoring the Tribal Land Title and Recordation Office Study, a research partnership between First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the National Congress of American Indians' (NCAI) Policy Research Center to offer a set of options for Native nations seeking to improve ...


Smart Car Drives Avalar Texas Real Estate Message

RISMEDIA, August 29, 2007-Avalar(R) Texas Real Estate has announced that the Smart(R) Car by Mercedes will help drive its marketing message to the real estate industry in Texas. Avalar Texas Real Estate will showcase its Smart Car at the Texas Association of Realtors convention in Galveston, Texas, scheduled for September ...


Has Your Real Estate Company ‘Gone to the Dogs’?

RISMEDIA, August 28, 2007-We all know that they are the perfect compliment to the American dream home, and now, pets have become the perfect addition to Realtors' expertise. In RISMedia's Forum, user PetFriendlyRealEstate sparks the up and coming idea of making real estate companies pet friendly from the moving experience ...


CirclePix Ranked In Top Third of the Inc. 5,000 List.

RISMEDIA, August 28, 2007-Inc.com ranked CirclePix on its first-ever Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. ...