Real Estate Trends Archive
RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—Have you ever been shocked to see a property in your area get listed by a less qualified agent? This can be frustrating and demoralizing. You know your marketplace better than any other Realtor and your success proves it.
RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—When corporate product retailers develop a product and allow another company’s service added to the initial marketing product, it is called an umbrella or piggy back market branding. The strength of the initial product
RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Housing Administration isn't talking publicly about it, but the agency may be getting ready to lessen the upfront costs of reverse mortgages for some borrowers. The agency also, however, may be reducing the amount seniors can borrow from their homes.
RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—While all real estate companies claim to be “different than the rest,” to consumers, most real estate companies seem about the same. What’s more, today’s consumer is wiser and more demanding than ever. Armed with market information and tech savvy, consumers expect more from the brokerage and sales associates they choose to do business with. To truly stand out from the competition, leading firms need the right strategies and resources…and a thorough understanding of what matters to today’s consumers.
RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Web marketing continues to be a hot-button topic. There’s no doubt that given the attention being paid to this topic, this is the year to refocus, reinvent and retool your business. Those who do will no doubt succeed.
Here are five questions to focus on. Follow these tips and you will be able to seize the incredible opportunity to differentiate yourself in the marketplace.
RISMEDIA, September 13, 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, September 13, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded an additional $1 billion in funding to all states along with a number of counties and local communities struggling to reverse the effects of the foreclosure crisis. The grants announced today
RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Home value depreciation stayed constant in July 2010 with home values registering a 0.2% decline between June and July and a 3.2% decline over the past year, according to Zillow’s July Real Estate Market Reports
RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Today's business world is more competitive than ever. As the economy continues to struggle, competition for jobs, clients, sales—you name it—continues to be tight. If you're sure you've been saying all the right things,
RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—(MCT)—Is where you work making you sick? A new study finds that employees who move from buildings with poor indoor environmental quality to more healthful "green" buildings may reap some benefits, including less
RISMEDIA, September 11, 2010—On June 25, 2010, HUD issued guidance on the appropriate circumstances under which brokers and agents can be compensated on a per-transaction basis for selling home warranties under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). NAR and industry partners have been working for more than two years to get HUD to accept the legitimacy of these arrangements after an earlier interpretive letter (known commonly as the “Ceja Letter”) raised great concerns for real estate professionals and their partners in the home warranty industry and led to class action lawsuits.
RISMEDIA, September 11, 2010—Keeping real estate agents focused on a regular basis is one of the biggest challenges leaders face. It is crucial, especially in today’s market that company leaders continually share their vision for their organization as well as inspire
RISMEDIA, September 11, 2010—Dane Jackman of Jackman Construction Inc. is planning to create a North Miami Beach home (EcoVida Smart Home) that will showcase the evolution of housing in South Florida, a “Smart House” that will help educate
RISMEDIA, September 10, 2010—With the bulk of the subprime mortgage resets behind us as of early 2009, it may seem that the only direction to move is straight up toward recovery. Projections through 2012, however, show two more waves of resets on more than $1 trillion in Alt-A and Option ARM mortgages. Many owners of these properties may face foreclosure, as did subprime borrowers. This means the current shadow inventory is expected to remain at record levels. NAR estimates that there are 2.7 million delinquencies (90 days or more), foreclosures
RISMEDIA, September 10, 2010—Everyone is selling something, but in today's difficult economic climate, not everyone is buying. The ultimate challenge for today's salespeople is finding a way to get their piece of the pie when companies have cut sales training