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Realtors Property Resource Announces 500,000 REALTORS Milestone

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2011—REALTORS® Property Resource™ (RPR), a subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, has reached the significant milestone of enrolling over 500,000 REALTORS®; from more than 274 MLSs across the country. With the latest addition of executed ...


NAR Modifies Popular Green Designation Program to Focus on Residential Real Estate Practice

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2011—"NAR research has consistently shown that there is a considerable and growing market for green buildings, and many of today's consumers want homes and communities that are more resource efficient and sensitive to the larger environment," says ...


REALTORS Seize the Day at Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2011—Now is the time for REALTORS ® to come to the aid of their industry, on behalf of the nation’s 75 million home owners, aspiring home owners, real estate investors, and the nation’s economy. That was the message delivered recently during “59 and ½ Minutes: A Member-Director ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: How You Can End the Habit of Procrastination for Good

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—As a business coach for real estate professionals for the last 14 plus years, I often hear the same question from my clients: "How do I stop procrastinating and do what I need to do to pick ...


How Strategic Partnerships Can Help You Grow Your Real Estate Business

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Increasing real estate sales in today’s market takes a business model that includes strategic partnerships, according to Dan Carrillo, managing partner of the Gonzales Group. Carrillo, a 30-year industry veteran and an expert in the multicultural real estate market, will offer tips and insights on strategic partnerships ...


Housing Finance Market Reform Must Ensure Mortgage Affordability

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Reforms to America's housing finance market must ensure a reliable source of affordable mortgage lending for creditworthy consumers. That's according to REALTORS® and other industry insiders who examined the federal government's future role in the secondary mortgage market at the "Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac: Obama Options ...


New Data from NAHB Breaks down Housing Affordability by Race/Ethnicity

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—According to new data released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), stark contrasts exist in housing affordability between major races and ethnic groups across the United States. The NAHB’s quarterly index, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI), which measures housing affordability in metropolitan areas ...


Regional Spotlight: Diane Turton to Speak at Hunterdon Chamber 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—The Women’s Business Forum of Hunterdon County, NJ, is hosting its second annual Women’s Leadership Summit on Tuesday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grand Colonial in Perryville, NJ. This informative conference, titled “Transitions and Transformations,” features professional keynote speakers and panelists who ...


Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey Shows Uptick in Consumer Attitudes

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Fannie Mae's latest national housing survey finds that Americans expressed more cautious optimism during the first quarter of 2011 than in the fourth quarter of 2010, but they continue to lack confidence in the overall strength of the housing market and economic recovery. The First-Quarter 2011 Fannie ...


Mortgage Applications Increase 8 Percent in Early May, Says MBA

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—Mortgage applications increased 8.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 6, 2011. ...


New FTC Rule Impacts REALTORS’ Short Sale Business

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2011—A new rule from the Federal Trade Commission that aims to protect home owners from mortgage relief scams may impact real estate professionals who represent clients involved in short sale transactions. Several hundred REALTORS® learned more about the new rule and its impact on their business at ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: ‘Growing Your Business in Tough Times: Shifting Strategy is Key’

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011—As brokers, most of us have reined in spending over the last couple of years—pared travel expenses, consolidated office space, out-sourced some basic services. We’ve been doing what it takes to stay afloat in a down market aggravated by what seems like a prolonged poor economy. But ...


Build an Action Plan – How to Attract Global Buyers

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— You don’t have to travel the world to be a global agent. Nor do you have to find foreign investors shopping for properties here. Global business also includes ethnic immigrant communities, naturalized citizens who retain strong ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in Most States in First Quarter

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— Existing-home sales continued to recover in the first quarter with gains recorded in 49 states and the District of Columbia, while 22 percent of the available metropolitan areas saw prices rise from a year ago, according to the latest survey by the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Spring Breathes Life into Prices

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011— A seasonal uptick in both median prices and inventory has appeared in most metropolitan areas across the country, contradicting earlier price reports, according to Altos Research’s 20-city Composite trends data in April. Price increases are apparent in 24 of the 26 tracked markets, and inventory increases ...


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