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Harvard Study Warns of Rent Bubble

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2011—For renters, the national recovery could be very bad news. That warning came from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ latest report on America’s rental housing. Rental markets are now tightening, with vacancy rates falling and rents climbing. With little new supply of multifamily units in ...


The Art of the Auction: Turning Losses into Liquidity

RISMedia, June 1 2011—The word "auction" is derived from the Latin augeo which means "I increase" or "I augment." Auctions have a long history, having been recorded as early as 500 B.C. There were many types of auctions held during ...


What’s in Store for Summer?

RISMedia, June 1 2011—Summer is renowned as the ‘vacation season’ where even thriving companies tend to slow down. Real estate is notoriously sluggish during the summer months, but with the consistently high number of foreclosures flooding the market, could this ...


REALTORS® Continue to Push Congress for Comprehensive GSE Strategy

RISMedia, June 1 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® supports a secondary mortgage market model with some level of government participation that would protect taxpayers and ensure that creditworthy consumers have access to affordable mortgage capital in all markets at all times. ...


Is the iPad Generating Listings and Sales for REALTORS?

RISMedia, May 26, 2011—This business is about connections and relationships. Before you can ratify a contract and go to closing, you have to connect. You have to engage. You have to collaborate. You have to deliver an experience, not just ...


The New Rules of YouTube Marketing

RISMedia, May 26, 2011—YouTube has changed dramatically over the last five years. Everyone in video marketing feels like they’re playing Calvinball, the game invented in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. As Calvin once said, “The only permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can’t play it the same way ...


QR Codes: The ‘Fanny Pack’ of Tomorrow?

RISMedia, May 26, 2011—Whenever a new trend hits any market I have to ask, “Will it simply become another fanny pack?” You know, have its heyday then fade away, only to be held onto dearly by a few mullet-wearing fans for way too long. I have spent the last eight ...


Sponsor Spotlight: Buffini & Company Sponsors RISMedia’s ‘Achieve!’ Conference

RISMEDIA, May 24, 2011--Buffini & Company is honored to be a sponsor at RISMedia’s marketing and opportunity conference, Achieve!, opening in Rye, N.Y. , yesterday and continuing through today, May 25. ...


April Existing-Home Sales Ease

RISMedia, May 23 2011—Existing-home sales slipped in April, although the market has managed six gains in the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: 3 Mistakes to Watch Out for When Asked, ‘So What Do You Do?’

RISMedia, May 21, 2011—OK, so you’re standing in line in the supermarket, or in an elevator, at a party, or in a networking group. Sooner or later, someone is going to say to you, “So what do you do?” This ...


Foreclosures Fall Slightly in April

RISMedia, May 21, 2011—The inventory of homes in foreclosure awaiting resale fell slightly in April, but they are still 12.7 percent higher than they were a year ago, according to Lender Processing Services April 2011 month-end mortgage performance statistics. ...


Regional Spotlight: April Bay State Foreclosures Take another Steep Drop

RISMedia, May 19, 2011—For the month of April, Massachusetts foreclosure activity remained at levels dramatically below those recorded last year. However, foreclosure petitions—which mark the first step in the foreclosure process in Massachusetts—posted the highest number so far this year. ...


Spring Breathes Life into Prices

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— A seasonal uptick in both median prices and inventory has appeared in most metropolitan areas across the country, contradicting earlier price reports, according to Altos Research’s 20-city Composite trends data in April. Price increases are apparent in 24 of the 26 tracked markets, and inventory increases ...


April Housing Scorecard Shows Growing Evidence of Economic Progress

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the April edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard—a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Officials caution that ...


75 Percent of Refinancing Homeowners Maintain or Reduce Debt in First Quarter

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) released the results of its first quarter refinance analysis showing homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their fiscal house: ...


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