Real Estate Information Archive
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
RISMEDIA, October 30, 2010—More and more people are investing in vacation homes today. And no wonder: between unbelievable real estate prices, low interest rates, and a rapidly growing base of potential customers, vacationers who'd rather stay in a charming beach cottage or woodsy cabin rather than a hotel room—there's never been a better time to buy. But here are the real questions to consider before you purchase a vacation home: Is the lifestyle that comes with owning and managing a vacation rental home right for you? Do you have the right personality for the job?
RISMEDIA, October 29, 2010—(MCT)—Sales of new homes climbed 6.6% in September 2010, figures released by the federal government showed, representing the second straight month of gains, but still well below the pace when a tax credit existed. Sales of new single-family homes rose 6.6% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 307,000, which is stronger than the 300,000 that economists expected in a MarketWatch-compiled poll.
RISMEDIA, October 29, 2010—For the average home buyer, these days, there’s certainly no shortage of data. It’s pretty easy to find out the square footage and/or room sizes on just about any home for sale. But what about all the other things that make a decision to move so important?
RISMEDIA, October 29, 2010—Painfully aware of the fact that many homeowners are upside-down (or underwater) with their current mortgages, brokers now need to be careful in listing the upside-down home. In Holmes v. Summers (Oct. 2010), a California appellate court ruled