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Four Real Estate Associations Raise Online Property Data Quality Benchmark with ‘MLS Certified’ Program by Point2

RISMedia, June 16,2011—Point2, a leader in Web-based real estate marketing and listing syndication solutions recently announced that four additional current MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and Association clients have adopted the MLS Certified™ program. They are: San Diego County’s Regional Multiple Listing Service (SANDICOR), RealTracs Solutions Inc.’s Middle Tennessee MLS, Van ...


Improving the Consumer Experience Is Key for Expanding Market Share and Profitability

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The current state of the real estate industry is contingent upon an improved consumer experience, according to experts and panelists, including several members of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), at RISMedia's 2011 Achieve! Conference held in ...


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

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: learn how to leverage 65 billion page visits with “Facebook Marketing for Dummies” from the REALTOR.org Store, REALTORS® Core Health Insurance locks their low rates for the second straight year, and REALTORS® support legislation for GSE reform. ...


May Home Prices Spring Back

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—Home sales prices continued a downward trend in May, but only half as far, and half as fast as in April. Clear Capital’s Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report found that national quarter-over-quarter home price declines (-2.3 percent) were reduced by half from last month’s report, helped ...


Homeownership Dream Deserves Protection

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The homeownership rate dropped to 66.4 percent in April 2011, the lowest it’s been since 1998, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some would argue this means owning a home is not as important to Americans as ...


HUD Awards $31 Million to Promote Jobs and Self-Sufficiency for Public Housing Residents

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded more than $31 million in grants to public housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations across the U.S. to help public housing residents connect to services available in the community to find employment to increase ...


RE/MAX Launches Video and Virtual Tours on Its Mobile Real Estate Search

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—RE/MAX Northern Illinois, an independently owned and privately held RE/MAX region—which encompasses the top third of the state of Illinois—recently introduced property videos and virtual tours to its popular mobile website, m.illinoisproperty.com. It is one of the first real estate brokerages to incorporate these two ...


Brokers Employ Mobile Websites to Optimize the Consumer Experience

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2011—Over the course of the last decade, advancements in mobile technology have changed consumer interaction on the Internet. As the advent of the BlackBerry paved the way for the iPhone, the user experience was forever changed. Consumers now had the Web at their fingertips, shifting the ways ...


3 Tips for the First-Time Home Seller

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Today's buyer-take-all bonanza is a boon for fence-sitters and buyers with great credit and deep pockets. But sellers are steeling themselves to new realities that include paying (rather than making) money at the closing table, providing extras ...


Tuning into YouTube

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Officially launched in December 2005, YouTube now has over 500 million subscribers worldwide. YouTube receives more than 2 billion viewers per day and is now the second largest search engine in the world (next to Google). ...


Maintaining a Competitive Edge

RISMedia, June 14, 2011— As the real estate market in the Pacific Northwest continues to thrive, REALTOR® Carrie Foley recently found the balance between doing the work and chasing the work. Previously, Foley had been tipping too far in favor of chasing. To offset this, she went looking for a ...


Congress Urged to Focus on Energy Efficiency Incentives for Existing Housing Stock

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—As the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hears testimony on a suite of energy efficiency bills, including legislation to make residential housing more energy-efficient, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently urged lawmakers to take into account the differences in energy savings between the newest, ...


Some Workplace Leaders May Not Be the Boss

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—To prosper in many workplaces—indeed, to get ahead in the service economy generally—you need to influence people over whom you have no authority. ...


5 Points for Effective Leadership in Today’s Changing Market

RISMedia, June 14, 2011—Real estate professionals are playing a critical role in moving the housing market forward through these tough times. Consumers, investors, builders and lenders have turned to highly trained and skilled agents to represent their interests in transactions that are very important to them. They are looking for ...


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 ...