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Finding Real Estate Success – Selling to the Four Temperament Styles

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2010—Have you ever wondered why you seem to hit it off right away with some customers, while with others it's more like oil and water? That's because we respond intuitively to the natural chemistry, or lack thereof, between temperament styles. Our temperament style not only determines our ...


Seniors Embrace Aging in Place

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—(MCT)—The new catch phrase among homeowners is "aging in place." Instead of selling their homes and moving into retirement villages or assisted-living quarters, a growing number of older Americans are modifying their homes to make them more ...


Micro Architecture Challenges the Way We Live

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—(MCT)—There is something bewitching about a tiny house. The mere idea conjures all kinds of things: desires for solitude and escape, romantic notions of Thoreau's pond-side perch, even memories of childhood fairy tales. ...


Appraisal Institute Praises Senate for Passage of Financial Regulatory Reform Bill

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—The Appraisal Institute, one of the nation’s largest professional organizations of real estate appraisers applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a sweeping financial regulatory reform bill that includes the first modernization of real estate appraisal regulations in more than 20 years. ...


Earth-Sheltered Homes Remain Rare, but Advantages Abound

RISMEDIA, July 17, 2010—(MCT)—Down a dirt road and between thickets of trees, Paul Queen lives inside a grassy, man-made hill. Deer try to stroll across his rooftop. Gopher tortoises attempt to tunnel into the walls. ...


Senate Votes to End Debate on Financial Reforms Bill

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—(MCT)—The Senate has moved one step closer to passing a historic overhaul of the financial regulatory system as it voted 60 to 38 to end debate on the financial bill. ...


Geothermal Heating Systems Help Homeowners Ease Their Carbon Footprint

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—(MCT)—Some homeowners chase down high-tech solar panels and efficient appliances to make their homes environmentally friendly. Others eschew the latest technology in favor of something far more basic: caves. ...


Home Buyers Are Ready to Move from the Sidelines: Survey

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—Are more Americans positioning themselves for home purchase? Although May's data showed that home sales were down 26.8% as the home buyer tax credit concluded, a new survey conducted by Relocation.com suggests some families are opting for renting while they research—cash in hand—for deals on a new, ...


Realtors Federal Credit Union Introduces New ‘Partner Program’ for Large Brokerages and Associations

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—Introduced in May 2009, REALTORS® Federal Credit Union (REALTORS® FCU) understands the work habits and lifestyles of busy real estate professionals. As a virtual credit union, Realtors FCU is always open, giving you and your agents the freedom to manage your finances—when and where you want. Realtors ...


Op-Ed: The Role of Appraisal Inflation in Loan Securitization

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—Street level appraisers have been getting a lot of heat for their role in the rise and collapse of real estate values and most of it is unfair. Without exception, every appraiser I have ever met was professional, direct, and considered the facts when arriving at his ...


Simple Tips to Make Your Home a Vacation Destination

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2010—Whether it's because of the economy or by choice, millions of Americans will be staying closer to home this summer; and with warm weather already upon us, many families will be spending their time outdoors. And even ...


Kitchen Comebacks – Tips for a Successful Kitchen Remodel

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2010—(MCT)—The explosion of remodeling shows on TV and makeover spreads in magazines has whetted America's appetite for glamorous rooms brimming with the latest furnishings, appliances and color schemes. Kitchen remodels are among the most popular, according to ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Custom-Built, Expanded Ranch

RISMEDIA, July 9, 2010—This sprawling, custom-built Expanded Ranch in West Orange, NJ is equipped with amenities that appeal to everyone. The living room, dining room, master bedroom and upstairs bedrooms are equipped with beautiful, shiny, refinished oak floors and ...


For Your Clients: Interpreting a Home Inspection Report

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2010—A home inspection report is an important document that a potential buyer will have that accurately describes the conditions that exist in the house they are considering buying. It is crucial that your client receive a well ...


HUD Releases 2009 American Housing Survey

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2010—Most families with young children live within a mile of a public elementary school. The most common home heating fuel in the U.S. is gas. Only a third of American homes have a working carbon monoxide detector. These are just some of the findings of a comprehensive ...