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A Closer Look at February Existing-Home Sales Following Sustained Gains

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—Existing-home sales fell in February following three straight monthly increases, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales—completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops—dropped 9.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million in February from an upwardly revised 5.40 million in ...


Easy Ways to Transform a Room

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—Updating a living room or family room doesn't have to mean giving it a complete makeover. A few simple changes can transform a tired room into a fresh space in no time. ...


Regional Spotlight—Home Sales and Prices Rise in Broward, FL

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—In Broward County, condominium sales increased 19 percent from 1,138 in February 2010 to 1,357 last month, according to the 23,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS® and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service (SEFMLS). Single-family home sales increased by 16 percent in February, from 782 to 909. Cash ...


Freddie Mac Turns to YouTube to Dispel Common Foreclosure Myths

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2011—Freddie Mac (OTC Bulletin Board: FMCC) is helping consumers separate foreclosure fact from fiction in a new video series launched today on its YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/FreddieMac). ...


Harsh Winter May Have Triggered Vacation Home Market Rebound

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2011—After several years of negative trends in the real estate industry, a recent market study shows signs of increasing consumer confidence. The third annual Cotton Report polled more than 800 participants on housing preferences, motivating factors, pricing levels and timelines for purchase. The survey included participants from ...


Is Your Brand Award Winning?

RISMEDIA, March 22, 2011—You’ve heard it before in the media, from companies and individuals: “We’re an award-winning [fill in the blank].” Whatever the language, it catches your ear and your imagination a bit. You’ve seen awards listed on everything from ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #9 – Distressed Properties and Distressed Sellers

RISMEDIA, March 22, 2011--Sometimes it's the seller in distress, other times it's the market in distress, and then other times it's the market. Finding great deals when you are in a position to relieve the distress is a great way to set yourself up for strong appreciation in the future. ...


Video Tips: Tripod as a Support Device

RISMEDIA, March 22, 2011—One of the hallmarks of professional video is the steady, smooth results you get by using a tripod. But let’s face it—tripods aren’t always practical in every situation. ...


U.S. Consumer Panel, HUD Change Course on Chinese Drywall

RISMEDIA, March 22, 2011—(MCT)—For more than a year, two federal agencies have urged homeowners with Chinese drywall to replace all electrical wiring when fixing their homes. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development altered course—lending credence to a homebuilder group's protocol, ...


Hot-Mist Appliances Steam Up Technology

RISMEDIA, March 22, 2011—(MCT)—Home appliance makers are building up steam. The trusted technology found in whistling tea kettles and surging clothes irons has become a hot thing in washers, dryers, dishwashers and ovens. After all, steam is energy-efficient and can sterilize surfaces and hospital instruments. ...


Smarter Agent Offers to Build Free, Branded Mobile Apps for any MLS

RISMEDIA, March 22, 2011—Smarter Agent recently announced that it will create a personalized mobile app for any Multiple Listing Service that wants to promote its listings and brand through a location-aware app that works on smart phones and feature phones. ...


Coldwell Banker University Launches Interactive Online Learning Portal

RISMEDIA, March 22, 2011—Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, honored the last two years on the Training magazine Top 125 list, has launched an online learning portal for managers and brokers called Managing Broker Academy. The announcement came at the recent Coldwell Banker Generation Blue Experience, the brand’s international conference. ...


Why Even Qualified Homebuyers Are Standing Still

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Despite the uptick in sales of homes worth one million dollars or more last year (up 18.6% in 2010 according to DataQuick) the average American homebuyer is still proceeding with a large degree of caution. Below are six reasons why even qualified homebuyers are holding out on ...


Young Home Buyers Will Lead Housing Market Recovery, Says NAHB

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Generation X—young families and adults ages 31 to 45—are likely to lead the home-buying recovery as it gets underway, according to real estate experts who spoke at an educational webinar produced by the National Association of Home ...


Monday Morning Mobile: All or Nothing

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—I recently had the chance to attend the LeadingRE annual conference in Las Vegas and stay at the beautiful, new Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. The conference was great and the hotel was absolutely amazing. Spending a whole week out in Vegas really puts in perspective the need ...


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