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Properly Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Mergers and acquisitions was a hot topic for broker members of RISMedia's Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) during an exclusive members-only panel at RISMedia's 2011 Achieve! Conference last month. Held in Rye, N.Y. on May 24 and ...


Existing-Home Sales Decline in May with Market Constraints, Temporary Conditions

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Existing-home sales were down in May as temporary factors and financing problems weighed on the market, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell 3.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.81 ...


HUD Secretary Announces $67 Million in Grants Will Soon Be Available In Second Round of Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Program

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Recently, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that HUD will be investing an additional $67 million towards creating stronger, more sustainable communities that connect housing to jobs while fostering local innovation and building a clean energy economy through its Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant ...


Tune Out the Noise – Make It Happen

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011— You would think the world was going to end. I know things are tough but the headlines are making me crazy: ...


New Index Finds April Prices Improved

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011— April home prices have improved over March in the new national composite index launched recently by FNC at the National Association of Real Estate Editors Annual Meeting in San Antonio. FNC’s Residential Price Index, which is based on public record data along with data collected from ...


AVM Group Interprets Federal Interagency Guidelines on Compliant Use of AVMs

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Several months following the release of new Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines, a great deal of confusion still exists in the marketplace regarding federal regulators expectations around the use of Automated Valuation Models (AVMs). In an effort to provide greater clarity, the Collateral Assessment Technologies Committee (CATC), ...


All Sotheby’s International Realty Listings Worldwide Now Available via SIR Mobile

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Sotheby’s™ International Realty Affiliates LLC recently announced its network’s™ property listings outside the United States now are available via SIR Mobile, the brand’s dedicated mobile application. ...


Century 21 REALTOR Experiences Proven Success with Pro Step Marketing’s Website and SEO Strategy

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011— Pro Step Marketing’s all-in-one web strategy has brought exceptionally proven results to Linda Hall of South Carolina. ...


Prudential Americana Group Acquires Arizona Franchise

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011— Recently, Prudential Americana Group announced the acquisition of Prudential Arizona, a franchise operating in Phoenix and its surrounding cities. Mark Stark, CEO of Prudential Americana Group in Nevada, has become CEO of Prudential Arizona and is the Prudential franchisee and sole owner of both companies. ...


Actions Speak Louder than Words

RISMedia, June 22, 2011—The 1960 Presidential Debates between Vice President Nixon and Senator Kennedy were the first nationally televised debates in presidential campaign history. With the advent of television the debates took on a visual dimension and for the first ...


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

RISMedia, June 22, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: now it’s even easier to access various financial products and services from REALTORS® Federal Credit Union; be a hero to your clients and help them save energy and money; do you have a student in your family? ...


Biggest Generations Will Redefine Cities and Suburbs

RISMedia, June 22, 2011— The largest generations in the nation’s history, Baby Boomers and their children, will be hugely influential in redefining living and working environments for decades to come. ...


Housing Starts Gain 3.5 Percent in May

RISMedia, June 22, 2011— Nationwide housing starts rose 3.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 560,000 units in May, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. The gain partially offsets a larger decline that was registered in April. ...


HUD, VA to Provide Permanent Housing and Case Management to Homeless Veterans

RISMedia, June 22,2011— U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced recently that HUD will provide $5.4 million to public housing authorities in 18 states to supply permanent housing and case management for 676 homeless Veterans in America. This ...


Smarter Agent Secures $6 Million in Funding

RISMedia, June 22, 2011— Smarter Agent, a mobile technology provider, recently announced it secured an additional $6 million from its super angel investors, completing its Series A funding to $18 million. The capital will continue the company’s accelerated growth and development of its mobile search platform, including the expansion of ...


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