Real Estate Information Archive
RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Social Media for REALTORS®: Blogging product now available at-cost from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; educational opportunities available from
RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—What are the critical factors that contribute to the retention of top producing real estate agents? Why are some managers able to consistently recruit and retain quality agents, while others have a revolving door? Excessive personnel turnover is not only
RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting that's expected to conclude with the announcement of an unorthodox plan to spark life into the U.S. economy. The Fed has signaled since August that it'll begin purchasing government bonds in an attempt to drive down the bonds' yield, or their return to investors. It hopes that by flattening the return that investors can get from the safest investments, they'll take more risks and lift the economy out of its doldrums.
RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—On August 16, 2010, the Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) published its final rule on loan originator compensation. The rule amends Regulation Z and is effective for applications taken on or after April 1, 2011. The cornerstone of this rule is to
RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—A key element to any website strategy is having calls to action (engagement points) sprinkled strategically throughout your site. Your website should immediately “connect” to the people that visit so that they feel they have come to the right place. But how do you do that? Here are four steps to creating powerful engagement points that will connect with buyers and sellers.
RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—(MCT)—Children could be prevented from realizing their potential in school and eventually in the labor force as consequences from home foreclosures endure for years, a Federal Reserve official said recently.
RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—(MCT)—The economy grew at a tepid 2% annual rate from July through September 2010, the government reported recently, slightly better than before, but not strong enough to reduce unemployment. The 2% annual rate in the third quarter was
RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—(MCT)—When men buy "guy stuff"—cars, lawn mowers, electronics—they're on their home turf. For those purchases, "Men can rely on familiar brand names and test drives to guide their decision-making," says Jackie Hirschhaut, spokesperson for the American Home Furnishings Alliance. But even though men are becoming more involved in decorating their homes, according to research by the American Furniture Manufacturers Association, "For most men, furniture stores are unfamiliar territory," says Hirschhaut.
Maria Patterson: How did your career at Prudential Americana Group evolve?
Mark Stark: I started in the business in 1985 and sold real estate for about six years. While still selling, I was offered a leadership position in the business from the president of Americana Group. I accepted it and continued to sell, too. In short order, a position opened up to manage one of the company’s large offices. I took that position and started to minimize my sales career. I managed that office for approximately five years. Mark Miscevic, one of the owners and president of the company at the time,
RISMEDIA, November 1, 2010—While we spend a lot of time on Monday mornings talking about technology and how it can be used to benefit real estate agents and agencies, rarely have we looked at how to take the concept and turn it into practice. This week, let’s look at some quick ways
RISMEDIA, November 1, 2010—RISMedia’s 15th Annual Power Broker Forum is this Friday…and it’s not to be missed! At RISMedia’s 15th Annual Power Broker Forum—Information Share = Market Share—to be held during the NAR Conference and Expo, top brokers will dissect
RISMEDIA, November 1, 2010—(MCT)—Every night before he goes to sleep, Ted Bachrach sets out four rat traps along a construction site next to his well-tended yard. In the morning, Bachrach gets up, makes coffee and removes the traps before he goes on with his day. "That's my daily routine," said the investment manager. Bachrach's charming wood-frame home sits next to two unfinished single-family homes on a quiet residential street in Chicago's Lincoln Park. For a while, he said, three homeless people were living in the garage of one house.
RISMEDIA, November 1, 2010—Point2 announced the participation of Saul Klein, senior vice president, Point2, in industry veteran Allan Dalton’s critically acclaimed new book, Leveraging Your Links – How to Do More Business Off- and Online, a guide to developing
RISMEDIA, October 30, 2010—As the saying goes, no news is good news. But unfortunately, there’s lots of news about real estate these days—most of it bad. From rising foreclosure rates to dismal post-tax credit reports, media headlines continue to be centered around the negativity in today’s market. Real estate leaders, however, know that this is only one part of the story...that there are plenty of positive stories to share as well. For this month’s RREIN Roundtable, we asked two members of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) to share their strategies for combating negative media. Here’s their take.
RISMEDIA, October 30, 2010—While real estate professionals across the country are doing everything they can to keep their companies profitable, many have placed their charitable giving on hold. But, it is important to note that being a good corporate citizen is more important