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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 ...


Monday Morning Mobile: #Fail

RISMEDIA, June 13, 2011—At Mobile Card Cast we try and be more than just a technology company; we are a collection of Mobile enthusiasts who adopted the mantra "iLive Mobile" throughout everything we do. As such, many of you who frequently read this column know how excited I was when ...


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 ...


Obama Administration Releases May Housing Scorecard Featuring New Making Home Affordable Servicer

RISMedia, June 13, 2011— The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the May edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard. New to this month’s report are detailed assessments for the 10 largest mortgage servicers participating in the Administration’s Making ...


Design Social Media Conversations to Solve Customers’ Problems

RISMedia, June 13, 2011— (EMC)—The simple fact is that the gurus are wrong: Social media marketing isn't a revolution, it's a chance at evolution. ...


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