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How to Use Your Sphere of Influence to Double Your Income

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—I find that many of my clients avoid marketing when it comes to their sphere of influence. Yet statistics show that your sphere of influence can be the greatest source of referrals. Let’s look at how you ...


Pending Home Sales Rise Again

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—March saw another increase in pending home sales, with contract activity rising unevenly in six of the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 5.1 percent to 94.1 in March from ...


HUD Awards $23 Million to 22 Local HIV/AIDS Housing Programs

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that more than a thousand extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of $23 million in grants. During each of the next three years, this HUD funding will help ...


Study Examines the Impact of Homebuyer Education and Counseling on Mortgage Performance

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—Potential homeowners who participate in pre-purchase education and counseling programs may be more likely to pay their mortgages on time, although the evidence on this point is not consistent and compelling, according to a study released today ...


Cost Burdens to Rise for Renters

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—(MCT)—About one-fourth of renters nationally, or 10.1 million households, spend more than half their pretax income on rent and utilities, and that cost burden may grow. ...


Consumer Confidence Rises in April

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2011—(MCT)—Consumer confidence recovered somewhat in April, though the impact of a spike in gasoline prices is still evident, according to data released Tuesday by the Conference Board. ...


The Shifting Landscape of Real Estate: How to Position Yourself to Succeed

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—There was a time not too long ago when the main demographic target of any real estate agent was the generation of Baby Boomers. This was a generation that valued the American dream of owning a home, ...


Buyers without Boundaries

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—One in every 13 people on this earth is a Facebook user. Google is the No.1 search site with YouTube immediately following in the No. 2 position and Facebook is not far behind at No. 3. But did you know that 70 percent of those Facebook users ...


Mortgage Bankers’ Commercial/Multifamily Originations up 44 Percent

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—Commercial and multifamily mortgage origination volumes increased 44 percent in 2010 over the previous year, with mortgage bankers reporting $118.8 billion of closed commercial and multifamily loans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's 2010 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance: Annual Origination Volume Summation. ...


Regional Spotlight: Greater Washington D.C.’s Top ‘Green’ Neighborhoods Unveiled by MRIS

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—As Americans widely embrace the “green revolution,” residents of the greater D.C. area interested in eco-friendly living should check out the newly released Top Green Neighborhood list published by MRIS, the nation’s largest multiple listings service (MLS) which offers nearly 75,000 local homes listings via its consumer ...


HUD Secretary Announces Disaster Assistance for Oklahoma State Storm Victims

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to Atoka County in Oklahoma and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes following severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes last week. ...


15 Million iPad Users Now Have the Search Power of Realtor.com in All Inclusive App

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—The search power of Realtor.com is now available on the iPad at http://www.realtor.com/mobile/iPad, the company has announced. Launched by Move, Inc., the Realtor.com iPad app is the only real estate search app delivering everything from listings with maps and GPS directions to personalization tools that ...


Lowen Company Offers Free Reusable QR Codes through MobiBrix

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011—Lowen Sign Company recently introduced MobiBrix Reusable QR Codes, a free QR Code and management software that allows the user full control over their codes and real estate marketing. ...


Fannie Mae and Minnesota Home Ownership Center Announce Partnership to Help Struggling Homeowners

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011— Fannie Mae and the Minnesota Home Ownership Center recently announced a partnership to accelerate the response time for struggling Minnesota families with loans that are owned by Fannie Mae. ...


Don’t Miss Your Chance to Meet These Incredible Industry Leaders at This Year’s Achieve! Conference

RISMEDIA, April 27, 2011—RISMedia’s Achieve!—Real Estate’s Innovation & Opportunity Conference—will provide the most innovative educational programs and networking opportunities for brokers and agents. Industry experts Dick Schlott, LP Finn and Sherry Chris are among the leading broker panelists who will ...