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Want More Sales? Pump Up the Experience

RISMedia, June 13, 2011—When was the last time you wanted to watch a black-and-white or one of the old “Technicolor” films? For most of us, they just don’t have the same engagement magic they held years ago when compared with ...


Negative Equity Ducks a Bullet

RISMedia, June 13, 2011— Despite double dipping to their lowest levels since 2009, housing prices in the first quarter failed to drive up the percentage of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages. In fact, modest reductions in the number of homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their ...


Mortgage Rates Move Lower Following Weak Jobs Report

RISMedia, June 13, 2011— Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), which showed weaker than expected job growth in May pushing both fixed and adjustable-rate mortgages to new lows for the year. The 30-year fixed averaged 4.49 percent and the 15-year averaged ...


New Policy Framework to Strengthen Cybersecurity Protections for Businesses Online

RISMedia, June 13, 2011—The U.S. Department of Commerce recently released a report that proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen the cybersecurity of companies that increasingly rely on the Internet to do business, but are not part of the critical ...


Adversity Gives You Strength

RISMedia, June 11, 2011—How can you stay self-motivated and productive in the midst of turbulent times and a sluggish economy? How do you persevere as a salesperson when times are tough and customers seem to be holding on to every ...


HUD Secretary Announces Disaster Assistance for Illinois Storm Victims

RISMedia, June 11, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Illinois and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following severe storms and flooding during the month of April. ...


Real Estate and Living Media and Smarter Agent Form Strategic Relationship

RISMedia, June 11, 2011—The Real Estate and Living Media (REALM) Network, the online advertising service of the LPS Real Estate Group, recently announced a strategic media relationship with Smarter Agent, a leading mobile real estate application provider. This partnership enables the REALM network to expand its offerings beyond its many ...


Owning a Home Essential to the American Dream, Survey Shows

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—Despite the ups and downs of the housing market, home owners and non-owners alike consider owning a home essential to the American Dream. ...


REALTORS Support Legislation for Comprehensive GSE Reform

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® supports comprehensive reform of America's housing finance market that protects taxpayers and ensures the availability of affordable mortgage credit today and into the future. ...


Changing the Landscape of Commercial Real Estate Technology

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is impacting the commercial real estate industry with technology initiatives that will change the landscape of Web-based services. NAR is bringing together these components to deliver a comprehensive solution for commercial practitioners: CommercialSource.com, ePropertyData (ePD), Real Estate Transaction Standards (RETS), Realtors ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMedia, June 10, 2011—Mortgage applications decreased 0.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 3, 2011. This week's results include an adjustment to account for the Memorial Day holiday. ...


Market Snapshot: A Ray of Sunshine in the Northeast

RISMedia, June 8, 2011—At a time when new home construction in the Northeastern region of the United States has dropped by more than half since 2007, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there is at least one ...


The Future of the Disability Housing Market

RISMedia, June 6, 2011—Americans living with disabilities struggle every day to find affordable and accessible housing on low incomes. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia will join Inglis Foundation and the Disability Opportunity Fund from 9 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. ...


3 Ways to Sell More Effectively to Baby Boomers

RISMedia, June 6, 2011— With 60 million baby boomers online, marketers need to pay attention to this generation. An estimated 78.2 percent of boomers are online, accounting for one-third of the internet population. As boomers control more than $2 trillion in annual spending, this demographic represents a sizeable opportunity for ...


Low-Cost Marketing Strategies

RISMedia, June 6, 2011—Everyone loves the idea of streamlining their marketing with low- and no-cost ideas that can leverage what they are doing in their business. Here are six tips that can help you maximize what you have available to you and at the same time, spread your marketing message ...