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Real Estate Agents Turn to Social Media to Connect with Clients

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2010—(MCT)—When real estate agent Sarah Elles Boggs walks into one of downtown Miami's condo towers for a showing, she pulls out her Android smart phone, "checks in" on a GPS-powered Web platform called Foursquare, blasts her whereabouts on Twitter, and leaves behind a location-based "tip" in the ...


Single-Family Housing Starts Rise 4.4 Percent in September 2010

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—Nationwide housing starts edged up 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 units in September, due entirely to a 4.4% gain in the single-family sector, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures. "Builders are cautiously responding ...


Point2 Examines U.S. Broker and Agent Market Sentiment in Real Estate Confidence Index

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—Real estate broker and agent outlook for the United States market declined by 8.42% in September 2010, versus August, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Continued weakness in confidence sent the U.S. Real Estate Confidence Index (RECI) to its lowest level since Point2 (www.Point2.com) began to track real ...


Decoding the Smart Label – How Smart Homes Really Work and What the Label Means

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—(MCT)—Home construction is one of those things that really hasn’t changed a whole lot for hundreds of years. For example, if you look at the houses in Colonial Williamsburg, they have pitched roofs with shingles, walls with ...


Breathe Easier: 10 Tips to Banish Mold from the Home

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—Often, our first encounter with mold at home occurs in that infamous spot between the shower curtain and tub. It’s pretty disgusting, but it’s easy to wipe up. Unfortunately, in most homes, this isn’t the extent of ...


Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America Join Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—The Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America—two of the most recognized and influential consumer protection organizations in the nation—joined the Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees. Adding their voices to the diverse coalition ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


Nearly Eight in 10 Americans Still Believe Buying a Home Makes Good Financial Sense

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—Nearly eight out of 10 respondents believe buying a home is a good financial decision, despite ongoing challenges with the economy and housing market. That's according to the 2010 National Housing Pulse Survey, an annual report released ...


From Blighted to Cool Green; Low-Cost Upgrades Cut Energy Bills

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Jodie Mekled is looking forward to cheap utility bills this winter. The retail worker from Sterling Heights, Mich., could pay as little as $40 a month for natural gas thanks to energy-efficient home improvements made through Habitat for Humanity. ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


Be Market-Smart: Dos and Don’ts for Home Sellers and Buyers

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2010—It would be unrealistic to say that the real estate market is utterly rosy right now, but neither is it thorn-filled by any means. In fact, things are decidedly looking up: July got some good news, when ...


Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy Index Reveals Top Cities for Renting, Owning Homes

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2010—Trulia.com, a leading site for home buyers, sellers and renters, recently released the results from its Rent vs. Buy Index, which tracks whether buying a home or renting is less expensive in America's 50 largest cities, based ...


Los Angeles Real Estate Scene Attracts, Creates Celebrities

RISMEDIA, October 4, 2010—(MCT)—The face. The hair. The voice. Why does that real estate agent seem so familiar? Because, in that only-in-L.A. kind of way, there's a good chance the agent is also an actor, reality show personality or has ...


Nonprofit Organization Rehabs Discarded Houses into Super-Efficient Homes

RISMEDIA, October 1, 2010—(MCT)—Wendy and Robby Haun had to sell their home near Cary, N.C., to make way for a state highway project, but the comfortable ranch house did not go to waste. It went to Builders of Hope, a ...


New Internet SEO Technology Changing the Face of Real Estate

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—The real estate industry has seen a huge number of changes over the past 20 years with the advent of pagers, cell phones and the Internet, and a new one coming out now for search engine optimization will do the same thing with how agents market themselves ...