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Real Estate News Archive


Smarter Agent Acquires Start-Up Toor.me

RISMEDIA, March 8, 2011—Smarter Agent, a leading mobile real estate network, announced the acquisition of Toor.me, combining Toor.me’s QR code product with Smarter Agent’s existing suite of mobile real estate apps that can be branded to agents, brokers, realty franchisors, media and finance companies. ...


Content is King – Information Provides Value When Reaching Out to Your Sphere of Influence

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—Ever since I began my career in real estate, I was told that creating high touches with my database or my sphere of influence was one of the most valuable things I could do to build a ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Constantly Mobile Consumer

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—When Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance to unveil the iPad 2, he made note of the fact that in only nine months during 2010 Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads, which generated close to $10 billion in revenue for the company. According to Jobs, “2010 was ...


RISMedia’s Facebook Page Surpasses 4,000 Friends & Fans

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—As social media entrenches itself across the real estate landscape, RISMedia's official Facebook page has become a vibrant online community with more than 4,000 fans and a solid base of approximately 3,000 active monthly users. Are you getting the latest RISMedia FB updates? ...


Competing with Distressed Properties a Major Challenge in Metro Chicago Real Estate Market, RE/MAX Reports

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—Foreclosures and short sales, collectively known as distressed properties, have accounted for anywhere from 35-48% of home sales in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market over the last year, according to RE/MAX. As a result, distressed homes ...


New Wave of Real Estate Agents See Industry as Way to Take Control of Their Career

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—(MCT)—Jerome Ryan was a senior architect who designed high-rise condos. Beth Reilly has worked for a big Fortune 500 company. Gary Judson is a former marketing manager who's getting his master's in elementary education. Now they're selling houses. ...


Weichert Relocation Resources Launches Annual Survey to Gauge Economy’s Impact on Corporate Relocation

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—Weichert Relocation Resources Inc. (WRRI), one of the world’s leading relocation and assignment management companies, has launched its annual Mobility and the Current Real Estate Market survey. ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease

RISMEDIA, March 7, 2011—Mortgage applications decreased 6.5% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 25, 2011. The results do not include an adjustment for the President’s Day holiday. ...


Simple Tips to Differentiate Yourself in Today’s Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2011—This firmly held consumer belief is possibly the greatest challenge we face in this business. We are all the same. How unfair! We are all unique human beings, with unique hopes, dreams, skills and talents. REALTORS® are ...


Understanding the Wants and Needs of Your Consumers

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2011—As we continue to make our way through today’s volatile market, now’s the time to start focusing on your skills and what you’re doing to find business, win the sale and close the deal. Here, Brian Wildermuth, president & co-founder of SharperAgent discusses how the proper selling ...


8 Areas to Pay Attention to When Updating Your Kitchen

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2011—(MCT)—What's cooking in kitchens? Simpler styling, hidden appliances and a bit of color to make life interesting, to name just a few things. If you’re getting ready to update your kitchen, you may want to pay attention to the following trends that are popular in kitchen showrooms ...


February Housing Scorecard Shows Increase in Existing Home Sales as Home Affordability Remains High

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the February 2011 edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard. The latest housing figures show increased existing home sales as ...


Mortgage Deduction under Renewed Scrutiny

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—(MCT)—There's a hallowed rule in U.S. housing policy: If you own a home, you get a tax deduction on your mortgage interest. But there's also a growing push to sacrifice this sacred cow, and the reasons are disparate. Some people argue that the policy should be changed ...


Short Sales and Mortgage Insurance

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—In my previous two articles, I discussed the role of mortgage insurers (MIs) in relation to short sales and answered some of the key questions my company, Radian Guaranty, receives about this type of sale. ...


HUD Awards Nearly $8 Million for Asthma Intervention and to Protect Children from Health Hazards

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $7.8 million in grants to 14 local projects in nine states to conduct a wide range of activities such as research on the cost effectiveness of home-based interventions for children with asthma and novel strategies for reducing ...


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