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New CRS Course Focuses on Buyer Side of Distressed Properties

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Far too many REALTORS® avoid the distressed property market—which includes foreclosures and short sales—because they do not have the necessary skills, strategies or information they need to guide their buyer clients through one of these transactions successfully. ...


Unhealthy Homes Pose Real Danger to Millions of Families

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Millions of U.S. families face health and safety hazards like mold, lead, pest infestation and the physical deterioration of their homes. These problems are particularly common among some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: children, seniors, the ...


Bank of America Launches Loan Modifications for Military Homeowners

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—(MCT)—Bank of America Corp. recently announced a mortgage modification program for military customers, including principal forgiveness for some struggling borrowers. The Charlotte bank said the program assists military members who are leaving active duty and having trouble making their mortgage payments. ...


Mergers & Acquisitions 101

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Not all mergers and acquisitions are the same, however, they all need to be very organized and focused. In order to create a win-win situation for everyone involved, the buyer needs to pay attention to the seller’s needs and all the parties involved need to be protected ...


Households Cut Debt at Slower Pace

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—(MCT)—U.S. households reduced debt in the fourth quarter of 2010 for the 11th straight period but at the slowest pace since the third quarter of 2008, the Federal Reserve recently reported. ...


Are You Missing a Link in Your Social Media Chain? – 5 Tips to Create a Social Media Policy

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2011—There’s no doubt about it—social media has evolved. Social media and social networking have gone from a way to connect with high school buddies and swap reviews about the new restaurant in town, to a powerful and ...


Recovery Act Changed Approach to Business, Laid Foundation for American Cities to Win the Future

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2011—America’s cities are better prepared to be sustainable economic engines according to a new report just released by the Department of Housing & Urban Development. The report, titled The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Working for America’s Cities found that the Recovery Act has helped position American ...


Cross-Selling Takes Teamwork

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2011—Progressive companies understand the power of cross-selling and recognize it as a critical component for promoting both customer retention and revenue growth. What is cross-selling? Cross-selling is nothing more than team-selling with other specialists within your company, all working in partnership on behalf of the customer's best ...


Homeownership Essential to Job Growth and Economy, Say REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—Testifying before a Senate panel, National Association of REALTORS® President Ron Phipps recently told members of Congress that sustainable homeownership must be the goal when considering future federal housing policies. ...


Adjustable-Rate Mortgages May Be the Right Fit for Cautious Buyers

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—(MCT)—Loc Chau was looking for a super-low interest rate to finance his San Jose, Calif., condominium, a place he envisions living in for a few years. Super-low to him means below 4%. So he opted for an adjustable-rate mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration as an ...


Mobile Adoption of E-mail and Social Networking on the Rise

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—(eM+C)—Mobile adoption of e-mail and social networking use is on the rise, according to a new whitepaper from Merkle, titled View from the Digital Inbox 2011. The report surveyed nearly 3,500 online adults, and found that consumer adoption of digital media and mobile technology is accelerating the ...


Regional Spotlight: Washington, D.C. Metro Area Sees Largest Pending Home Sales Increase in a Decade

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—According to data released by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), an MRIS company, the Washington, D.C. metro area housing market showed the largest year-over-year increase in pending home sales although housing prices remained weak. ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Luxurious Colonial Home Offers Panoramic Views of NYC Skyline

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—This luxurious Colonial home located in West Orange Township, New Jersey is being listed by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) Member Jordan Baris, Inc., REALTORS®. Offering panoramic views of the New York City skyline, the home ...


Zillow Expands Zestimates to Include Rentals; Launches Rent Zestimates for 90 Million Homes

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—Zillow launched "Rent Zestimates," a one-of-a-kind tool that can be used as a starting point for determining a home or apartment's estimated monthly rent price. The launch expands on Zillow's popular Zestimate home valuations and empowers renters and landlords with estimated rent prices for more than 90 ...


WCI Communities Introduces MyWCi Custom Application for iPad, Provides iPads to all New Home Purchasers

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—WCI Communities announced that it has introduced MyWCi, an application for Apple’s iPad device that enables new home purchasers to access and share important community and construction information during the build process and beyond. Customers are able to access MyWCi on iPads provided as gifts by WCI ...


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