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Monday Morning Mobile: Meeting Consumer Expectations

Technology makes life simpler, faster, and more efficient. In a day with 24 hours, and potentially 16 or more of those spent awake, we have more opportunities to be engaged and online with co-workers, partners, vendors and clients we do business with. No one knows this more than the real ...


Finding the Positives in Economic and Housing Conditions in 2012

While 2011 was clearly a challenging year, there is a lot to be positive about looking ahead. Economically, while buffeted by natural disasters and fiscal policy indecisiveness at home and a European sovereign debt crisis abroad, the U.S. economy was ...


Concierge Style Products Surge in Real Estate Industry

If you’re in real estate, these days you must also embrace technology. Virtual service is as important as putting up “For Sale” signs for most of your clients. ...


Fastest Pace of Single-Family Housing Starts Rising in Two Years Reported

Nationwide production of new single-family homes rose 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 470,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. This marked a third consecutive increase and the fastest pace ...


New Guide Helps Appraisers Choose Comparable Sales in Declining Markets

The Appraisal Institute recently published guidance to help appraisers know when and how to use distressed sales, such as foreclosures, as comparable sales. Such knowledge is particularly crucial in the current market where distressed sales are common, creating complex valuation challenges. ...


30-Year Fixed-Rate Mortgages Reach Record Low

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates changing little amid mixed economic data. Regardless, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage edged down slightly to 3.88 percent to a new all-time record low marking the seventh consecutive week below 4.00 percent. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase Nearly 25 Percent

Mortgage applications increased 23.1 percent from one week earlier (last week’s results included an adjustment for New Years Day), according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 13, 2012. ...


Money and Company: Home-Builder Confidence Improves in January

(MCT)—A gauge of U.S. home-builder confidence showed improvement for the fourth consecutive month in January. ...


REALTORS® Recognize Credit Union as Valuable Member Benefit

Since it opened in May 2009, the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union has created quite a buzz, becoming a benefit among National Association of REALTOR® members. The union offers a portfolio of services and products, and was recently rated the fastest ...


Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) Leaders Cautiously Optimistic about 2012

"Cautiously optimistic" might be the best description of the feelings of members of Midwest Real Estate Data's Board of Managers for the upcoming year in real estate. Most think we may have "hit bottom" in the difficult last few years and that 2012 will be a year of improvement and ...


Unexpected Jump in Home Sales Mark End of 2011 Says RE/MAX Report

According to the monthly RE/MAX housing report, December home sales did not follow the seasonal trend but rose an unexpected 5.7 percent from sales in November. Sales were also up 1.1 percent from December 2010, the 6th consecutive month to show a year-over-year sales increase. Largely due to a lower ...


Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Spotlights: Working with Buyers in Today’s Market

Do you know what’s on the minds of today’s homebuyers? In the following interview, RISMedia’s Lesley Geary catches up with Danielle Claroni of New England Land Company. Read on to learn about Claroni’s creative advertising methods and her key to success in real estate. ...


RISMedia to Showcase Celebrity Home Listings

Agents, have you ever listed or sold a home owned by a celebrity? If so, we want to know about it! RISMedia is excited to announce that in 2012 we will be significantly expanding our coverage of celebrity homes and ...


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“It's a Great Time to Buy” is a market sensitive brochure that you can provide to consumers to help them make informed decisions in this changing market. And now you can buy one pack of “It’s a Great Time to Buy” and get another pack of this valuable ...


Broker Best Practices: Staying Ahead with Mobile Marketing and Technology

Josh McGrath, a Broker in Real Estate Central Cross Lanes, W. Va, knows a thing or two about embracing technology and incorporating it into a successful marketing strategy. Read on to find out his top method, as will as how he stays ahead of the competition and motivates his agents. ...


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