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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 ...


2011 Shapes Up as Positive Year for Global Real Estate Sector

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Adversity often creates opportunity in business and nowhere is this more evident today than in the commercial real estate sector, according to Rick Sinkuler, markets leader in Ernst & Young’s Global Real Estate practice. Speaking at national law firm Akerman Senterfitt’s National Real Estate Summit recently, Sinkuler ...


HUD Awards First Choice Neighborhood Grants

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that 17 communities will be the first recipients of Planning Grant funding through the Department’s new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. These communities will share a total of $4 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants while six other communities ...


Strategies to Get the Second Click – Provide Compelling, Easy-to-Share Content

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—(eM+C)—Online retailing is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Marketers have access to information about every aspect of customer interaction: number of website visits, time spent on the site, e-mail open and click through rates, conversions and purchases. With today’s sophisticated analytics, marketers can fine-tune their messaging and offers to ...


Zillow Partners with RE/MAX

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Zillow recently announced an exclusive partnership with RE/MAX, which will enable the company to automatically feed all of their listings to Zillow. This is great news for RE/MAX agents because their listings now automatically appear on the Zillow/Yahoo! Real Estate Network, one of the largest real estate ...


Mortgage Purchase Applications Decrease

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Mortgage applications decreased 0.7% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 11, 2011. ...


Banks Spruce Up Foreclosures to Boost Sales

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—(MCT)—Bill Schramm and Bethany Siwicki scoured property listings for three months before agreeing to see a home in Round Lake Beach, even though its online pictures didn't look promising. ...


Housing Starts and Permits Stall in February 2011

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—Nationwide housing starts and issuance of permits for new housing construction both posted disappointing declines in February 2011 as concerns about a growing number of factors caused builders to pull back on production of new homes, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. Total ...


Vacant Dwellings Require Different Kind of Insurance Policy

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—(MCT)—More and more houses sit unoccupied these days, left behind by their owners in this still-tough economic climate. In 2010's fourth quarter, the Census Bureau reports 12.1% of all U.S. residences, or 18,394,000 homes, were vacant. Record foreclosures are a big reason: After repossessing houses at sheriff's ...


First-Time Home Buyers Prepare for Best Buyer’s Market in Recent History

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—While affordable housing prices, ample inventories, and historically low interest rates signal 'buyer's market' for investors or move-up buyers in many U.S. markets, inexperienced first-time buyers may not know if the time is right to make a ...


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