Real Estate Information Archive
Editor’s Note: The RREIN Broker Spotlight Series offers industry insights from members of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), an elite network of leading real estate companies united behind the belief that Information Share Equals Market Share. In this interview, featured in the September 2010 issue of RISMedia’s Real Estate magazine, RE/MAX 440 and RE/MAX Central Owner Tom Skiffington, shares his insights on adapting and succeeding in a changing marketplace.
RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—With the holidays upon us and the snapshot of our year quickly developing before our eyes, if it had not been developed already, for many, reflection sets in. As I joined the Lucky Strike Social Media Club for dinner this past week at the Roger Smith Hotel
RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—Brokers today, large and small, face significant challenges they did not face 20 years ago. Profit margins have eroded and control over their independent contractors has been minimized. The consumer has taken on a much more vocal role in the process
RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—(MCT)—Last spring, in the waning days of the first-time home buyer tax credit, Stephen Ploski made an offer on a foreclosed home in Farmington Hills, Mich. He said the 1,400-square-foot home was livable, but needed serious updates. He was willing to do the work, and take the risk. In exchange, he got a deal. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home was his for $49,000. He lives in the home with his wife, Ashley and their daughter Lana.
RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—As the decorations go up and the temperatures go down, winter is the perfect time to cozy up and indulge in a holiday movie marathon. While the Whos in Whoville and elves in Santa’s workshop live happily in our imagination, there is a plethora of
RISMEDIA, December 18, 2010—Nationwide housing starts rose 3.9% in November 2010 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 units from an upwardly revised number in the previous month, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department. This marked the first upward movement in new-home production since August, and was entirely attributable to a nearly 7% gain in single-family home building.
RISMEDIA, December 18, 2010—As a real estate agent, it's important to be aware of the pitfalls of home financing in order to help your sales come together and stay together. Typically, during the sales process, you may be your client’s first point of contact for any and all situations that
RISMEDIA, December 18, 2010—While Chris Farkas is relatively new to the real estate business, the three-year real estate professional knows one thing for sure: you have to work hard in this business and you need good marketing systems to achieve success.
RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—Each year, REBAC strives to provide the latest tools and resources to help agents build their buyer business through its Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation program. Agents who complete the education required to earn the ABR® designation not only join a group dedicated to the advancement of buyer representation in today’s market, but they receive a wealth of member benefits to help them along the way. Here are just a few:
RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—My friend Ben Casnocha once warned: "beware of advice from...professional advice-giver[s], rather than someone in the trenches. The best advice on networking will come from someone who is not a professional networker."
RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for November 2010, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 262,339 U.S. properties in November, a 21% decrease from the previous month and a 14% decrease from November 2009. One in every 492 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.
RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—(MCT)—The majority of the nation's sparsely populated rural counties lost even more residents in the last decade, though some rural counties—particularly those in the mountain West—saw population gains that may be the result of retirees striking out
RISMEDIA, December 16, 2010—As part of the 2010-11 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, REALTORS® recently rated exterior replacement projects among the most cost-effective home improvement projects, demonstrating that curb appeal remains one of the most important aspects of a home at resale time. "This year's Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report highlights the importance of exterior projects, which not only provide the most value, but are also among the least expensive improvements for a home," said National Association of REALTORS® President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I.
RISMEDIA, December 16, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve, saying that the economic recovery was not strong enough to bring down unemployment, vowed to stick with its controversial bond-buying program to spur growth and to hold short-term interest rates at near zero
RISMEDIA, December 16, 2010—What do you think of when you think of the holidays? If you’re like most people, the first things you think of are the long lines, the massive amounts of traffic and the over-emphasis on consumerism. What if this holiday season you could turn that around