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Traditional Real Estate Agents or High-Tech Realty…which Way to Go?

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2011—One of the most common topics I am asked to speak on is the team structure vs. individual agent vs. models of the future. Although I feel that a team structure is not the only way to ...


Leaning on Lenders

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2011—We’re now at the beginning of the summer selling season and it is easy to get caught up working with buyers, showing homes and even negotiating offers. The challenge is to make sure the work we are doing has the greatest return on our time investment and ...


Warm Weather Signals Busy Home Improvement Season and ‘Honey Do’ Lists Grow

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2011—The spring and summer seasons launch a busy time for home remodeling and improvement projects as homeowners spruce up for entertaining, listing their home for sale, or increasing the property's value. A slowly warming housing market has ...


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 ...


Pruning Basics: Keep Your Yard in Tip-Top Shape by Pruning Landscape Plants

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2011—Pruning takes many forms. Whether it’s cutting old, overgrown shrubs to the ground for rejuvenation or removing faded blooms from roses, regular pruning creates healthy growth and beautiful plants. Armed with a little knowledge and the right tools, you can tackle pruning with confidence—and get terrific results. ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMedia, June 1 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: free shipping at the REALTOR.org store; limited time savings of up to 40 percent from REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Lenovo; and NAR opposes increase to FHA down payments. ...


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. ...


Talent Shortages Ignite Relo Boom

RISMedia, June 1 2011—The disparity between available jobs and skilled talent has sparked companies to adapt to a more competitive market and nearly half of hiring managers and recruiters say they have started to recruit talent from geographies outside their local market due to talent shortages, promising a boost in ...


Brokers: What to Know before You Recruit

RISMedia, May 31 2011—Much has been written about how to recruit agents to join your company. But to attract and retain these candidates, you need to prepare your environment. Here are some important things to do before you recruit. ...


Unconventional Green Real Estate Marketing with Daily Deal Sites

RISMedia, May 31 2011— Retailers, spas, and restaurants have figured out how to tap daily deal sites, such as Groupon, to snag new customers. ...


HUD Awards Nearly $34 Million to Create Education Centers

RISMedia, May 31 2011— The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded 10 public housing authorities nearly $34 million in grants recently that will be used as seed money to create early childhood education and adult training facilities for public housing residents. ...


Regional Spotlight: Oklahoma becomes 30th State to Restrict Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMedia, May 31 2011—Governor Fallin took swift action to protect Oklahoma homeowners by signing HB 1594 to restrict Wall Street Home Resale Fees, also known as “private transfer fees.” The new law sponsored by Representatives Steve Martin, Marion Cooksey and Senator Brian Crain places a ban on these fees, a ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies – Does Your ‘People Pleaser’ Pattern Get in the Way?

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Do you find yourself avoiding certain types of clients? Do you find yourself unable to speak the truth to sellers when their properties are overpriced? If you’re like most real estate professionals, your “people pleaser” pattern ...


Opinion: California Supreme Court Decision Forces Homeowners to Seek Help from U.S Supreme Court

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Recently, the California Supreme Court denied a petition for review from a homeowner who is fighting to keep his property from being taken from him and his family through foreclosure. The Court chose not to review a 4th Appellate District Court decision that upheld the right ...


Housing Affordability Rises to Record Levels

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Nationwide housing affordability during the first quarter of 2011 rose to its highest level in the more than 20 years it has been measured, according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) data ...


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