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Zillow Launches the Zillow BlackBerry App

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011—Zillow, a leader in mobile real estate, recently announced the launch of the Zillow BlackBerry App for Research in Motion®’s BlackBerry smartphones. The addition of a BlackBerry app—along with Zillow’s lineup of leading real estate apps on iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™—means more than 90 percent of smartphone ...


Yelp Really Helps: Business Rating Site Helps Build Online Capital

RISMEDIA, April 2, 2011—Today’s consumers are seeking two things. The first is social proof—in other words, that you are who you say you are and you do what you say you’ll do. The second is social ranking. Forget about how ...


Networking: A Powerful and Empowering Strategy

RISMEDIA, April 2, 2011—Every year about this time, I get a powerful recharge during the annual RE/MAX Convention. Real estate professionals around the world get together to celebrate successes, share best practices, explore solutions to challenges and, of course, let loose a bit. ...


Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market

RISMEDIA, April 2, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recognizes the need for an orderly transition from the current form of the secondary mortgage market to a new structure that removes some of the pitfalls under the old GSE structure. ...


Top 5 Reasons Why the Deck Is Stacked against You When It Comes to Getting Quality Internet Leads

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Developing relationships with new clients is a huge priority in real estate. Most of you will undoubtedly agree, but as many home buyers and sellers look progressively more to the Internet to answer questions and search for ...


Stock Options vs. Blue Chips: Las Vegas

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—You've heard the statement many times: "There is no national real estate market.” Meaning all real estate, like politics, is local. There is, however, a national real estate marketplace. With a wide array of "products" on the shelf, there is literally something for everyone. ...


Home Warranties Protect Homeowners during Extreme Weather; Attract Buyers in Competitive Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Extreme temperatures across the nation contributed to a record-breaking year for home warranty claims, and now with a glut of homes for sale across the country, home warranties to cover major systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical) and built-in ...


Vacation- and Investment-Home Shares Hold Even in 2010

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—The market share of vacation- and investment-home sales held steady in 2010, although the sales volume declined with the overall market, according to the National Association of Realtors®. NAR's 2011 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey—covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2010—shows vacation-home sales accounted for 10 ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Watch the Sunset from This Water-front Home

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Located on Venice Island in Venice, Fla., this beautiful three bedroom home being listed by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) Member Prudential Palms Realty. This three story home offers hardwood floors, formal dining, three full spa-style ...


ERA Real Estate Honors Napier Realtors ERA as Its First Circle of Light for Community Leadership Award Honoree

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—ERA Real Estate, an innovative franchising leader in the residential real estate industry, has recognized Napier Realtors ERA as the inaugural Circle of Light for Community Leadership Award winner for consistent commitment to both business and charity, the company reports. This national award was presented at the ...


Crisis Yields Opportunity; Report Details Trials and Success of Corporate Real Estate as Industry Assumes Leading Enterprise Role

RISMEDIA, Apr 1, 2011—CoreNet Global's recently released 2011 State of the Industry (SOTI) report notes Corporate Real Estate's (CRE) evolving enterprise role as the global economy and real estate end users seek cost-effective opportunity amidst economic recovery. ...


6 Steps to Help Avoid the ‘Follow Up Trap’

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—With the rise in Internet-based marketing, sales professionals have now become captives, feeling obligated to be on call to respond to leads 24/7, for fear they will go cold. Every sales professional has probably experienced this phenomenon ...


Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—The Federal Housing Finance Agency has reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some ARM contracts, was 4.79 percent based on loans closed in February. This is an increase of 0.08 ...


MRIS Executes Agreement with RPR

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—Realtors Property Resource, LLC (RPR), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, announced recently that Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS), the nation’s largest MLS, serving more than 40,000 subscribers spanning the Mid-Atlantic region, has signed an agreement to bring RPR’s national property database ...


Now Is the Time to Get Your Home’s Exterior in Tip-top Condition

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—According to DIY shopping and support website Trades Supermarket, the improved spring weather means more than giving the lawn a trim for homeowners; it signifies the time to undertake necessary repair and maintenance checks, not only to make sure the house and garden look good and are ...


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