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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 ...


Homeowners Reuse Materials for Environmental and Aesthetic Reasons

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—(MCT)—Renovating? You could just rip up the old room and sweep everything into the trash bin. But a growing number of homeowners, architects and builders are trying to reuse or recycle construction materials whenever possible—for reasons both environmental and aesthetic. ...


Company Spotlight: Effortless Communication – Frogpond’s Housing Trends eNewsletter Keeps Agents Front of Mind

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—By now, most in the real estate community have realized that things may never be the same as they were during the boom and that the key these days is getting back to what works…and for many agents that means staying in front of their past, present ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Plunge to 3-Month Low

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—Mortgage rates posted a sharp decline, with the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to 4.91%, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.38 discount and origination points. ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Spacious 2-Story Home Offers Privacy and Charm

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—This amazing 2-story home located in Rolla, Missouri is being listed by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) Member Realty Executives Mid-America. ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Named a Top Rated Franchise in 2011 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced it was rated No. 15 among the top-50 small franchise systems in the Franchise Business Review 2011 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. The company also earned honorable mention honors among all franchise systems in the real estate category. The Franchise Business ...


RELO Direct President and CEO Bob Portale Receives Distinguished Service Award

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—Robert A. Portale, president and CEO of RELO Direct, has been awarded both the Distinguished Service Award and Senior Relocation Professional designation by Worldwide ERC. Portale was selected for this award based upon his numerous personal and professional contributions to the Worldwide ERC organization. ...


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Wins ‘Best in Category’ for Fourth Consecutive Year in Franchise Business Review’s Franchisee Satisfaction Awards

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC announced it won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the fourth year in a row. ...


RE/MAX Syndicates Property Listings Through Popular Real Estate Sites

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—In a strategic technology move, RE/MAX, LLC is now syndicating property listings through a number of high-profile partners to give RE/MAX agents access to more potential home buyers and sellers and to give their listings greater visibility. ...


Education Pays When Working with Today’s Ever-Evolving Consumer

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—According to data from the 2010 NAR Member Profile, the median income of REALTORS® with at least one designation was nearly $22,000 more than the income of those with no designation. It makes sense then that today’s ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s New Marketing Campaign Explains How Trusted Agents and the Right Tools Lead to Smart Real Estate Decisions

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—As home buyers move into the spring buying season, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has launched a new marketing campaign emphasizing the importance of a skilled real estate agent who can help buyers and sellers through the ...


5 Ways to Connect with Your Sphere of Influence

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—Real estate professionals across the board know that keeping in touch with their sphere of influence is a great way to stay top of mind. Here are five ways for you to reach out to your past and present clients as the spring selling season begins. ...


Fed Holds Line on Bond Purchases, Even as Economy Stabilizes

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—(MCT)—Federal Reserve policymakers said recently that the economy appeared to be "on firmer footing" than at their last meeting in late January, but they nonetheless pledged to stick with their program of buying Treasury bonds to underpin the growth. ...


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