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Stock Options vs. Blue Chips: Las Vegas

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—You've heard the statement many times: "There is no national real estate market.” Meaning all real estate, like politics, is local. There is, however, a national real estate marketplace. With a wide array of "products" on the shelf, there is literally something for everyone. ...


Home Warranties Protect Homeowners during Extreme Weather; Attract Buyers in Competitive Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Extreme temperatures across the nation contributed to a record-breaking year for home warranty claims, and now with a glut of homes for sale across the country, home warranties to cover major systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical) and built-in ...


Vacation- and Investment-Home Shares Hold Even in 2010

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—The market share of vacation- and investment-home sales held steady in 2010, although the sales volume declined with the overall market, according to the National Association of Realtors®. NAR's 2011 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey—covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2010—shows vacation-home sales accounted for 10 ...


6 Steps to Help Avoid the ‘Follow Up Trap’

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—With the rise in Internet-based marketing, sales professionals have now become captives, feeling obligated to be on call to respond to leads 24/7, for fear they will go cold. Every sales professional has probably experienced this phenomenon ...


Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—The Federal Housing Finance Agency has 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 4.79 percent based on loans closed in February. This is an increase of 0.08 ...


Let’s Talk: The Top Life-Improving Reasons to Master the Lost Art of Conversation

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—LOL and BRB might be key communication elements in a texting, emailing, social-media-obsessed world, but they don’t make for high quality communication or conversation. Sometimes you might not even know what your communicating counterpart is even saying ...


Breaking News: RISMedia and RREIN Release Powerful, New Social Media Video Formerly Only Available to Exclusive Network

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2011—RISMedia, the leader in real estate information systems, is excited to announce the nationwide release of "The Power of Information," a new video exclusively produced and directed by the real estate information leader that showcases months of the company’s independent research on the impact of ...


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

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: customize and print NAR’s updated #1 best seller, MRIS and CRMLS will bring RPR to REALTOR® members, and sign up for a FREE REALTOR® safety webinar. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


New Marketing Coordinator Joins Mobile Real Estate ID

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2011—Mobile Real Estate is proud to announce the addition of Christie Perkins as the firm’s new marketing coordinator. Christie’s efforts will be focused on streamlining the company’s marketing of their robust mobile solution, educating the industry on the benefits of the solution as well as providing a ...


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: RISMedia Launches Daily Video News Updates

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2011—Responding to the rapidly evolving pace of technology and information delivery, RISMedia, the leader in real estate information systems, announced today the launch of its Daily Video News Update, now featured in each edition of the ...


Consumers Have the Motivation – But Lack the Money for Home Improvement

RISMEDIA, March 29, 2011—The arrival of spring brings not only warmer weather, but also spring cleaning and the undertaking of do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects. Much to the chagrin of home improvement stores, the DIY home improvement market has seen ...


Mobile Leader Invites Agents to Participate in QR Code Survey

RISMEDIA, March 29, 2011—Do you know what a QR code is? You might have heard the term lately or be aware that QR codes are becoming widely popular within the real estate industry at this time. Perhaps you’re even thinking of using them. The real question is do you know ...


Breaking News: RISMedia and RREIN Release Powerful, New Social Media Video Formerly Only Available to Exclusive Network

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Update on First Time Homebuyer Credit and Tax Refunds

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—The IRS recently released information on processing issues that are impacting a small percentage of tax returns involving repayment of the First Time Homebuyer Credit (FTHB), primarily involving 2008 home purchases. While most of these returns are ...


Vacation Home Sales Surge Higher

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—In a sign that the housing market is finally making a major move in a positive direction, vacation home markets—some of the most battered in the real estate downturn—are making a surge higher in many of the hardest hit areas of the nation. Condominium sales in Hawaii ...


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