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Controversial Real Estate Valuations Addressed in New Book from Appraisal Institute

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2011—A landmark book published this week by the Appraisal Institute demonstrates valuation methodologies for controversial easement-related appraisal assignments. The Appraisal Institute is one of the nation’s largest professional associations of real estate appraisers. ...


Apartments.com National Survey Reveals Renter Moving Plans for 2011

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2011—For the first time in years, the apartment rental market is beginning to experience signs of recovery as the U.S. economy slowly begins to strengthen. Reuters reported the rental vacancy rate fell to 9.4% in the fourth quarter of 2010 from 10.3% in the July-September period—the lowest ...


Prudential Florida Realty, Florida Real Estate Services Hits the Road with the Homeownership Matters Awards Tour

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2011—In March 2011, the Prudential Florida Realty, Florida Real Estate Services Leadership team will kick off the Florida Road Tour to promote the benefits of homeownership and recognize the company’s sales professionals for their outstanding achievements in 2010. ...


Virtual Tour Company Sees Rapid Expansion as Real Estate Market Rebounds

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2011—Virtual Tour company VirtualTourCafe.com has already seen tremendous growth in 2011 with many thanks to the housing market, says Tim Denbo, President/CEO. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, in 2010, home sales "jumped 15.4% in the fourth quarter to an annual rate of 4.8 million ...


The New Normal: Where Do We Go From Here?

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—In the aftermath of the new normal that we are experiencing in today’s real estate market, it is crucial that real estate professionals take the time to make the most of today’s reality. Now is the time ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #5 – Find Your Florida

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—I use Florida as a metaphor for the unique opportunity that this economic crisis presents to investors. Florida is a market that has performed wonderfully for investors for decades, but it is in a very tough spot right now. Over development, over speculation and wild lending practices ...


Weekly Video Tip: Stock Footage

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—If you’d like to add some professional pop to your video production, something called stock footage may be just the answer. For example, if you’re doing a video about San Francisco, incorporating some brief clips of cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, or Alcatraz would ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands in New York State with Addition of TechValley Homes Real Estate

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced that TechValley Homes Real Estate LLC, which serves the greater Albany, N.Y. region, has joined its fast-growing franchise network. The brokerage will operate as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley under broker/owner Miguel Berger, adding two offices ...


Late Mortgage Payments Fall in Fourth Quarter 2010

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—(MCT)—There's a note of optimism in the air about the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate. The number of mortgages that were past due in the fourth quarter of 2010 was at its lowest level since the end of 2008 (excluding homes that are already in foreclosure). Meanwhile, the ...


Z57 Inc. Announces IDX 3.0 Next Level REALTOR® Websites Incorporating Social Media and Advanced Search Capabilities

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—Z57 Inc., a leading provider of real estate online marketing services, announced data-rich improvements to their REALTOR® Internet Data Exchange (IDX) website product. Partner Onboard Informatics’ recent enhancements to their IDX platform allowed Z57 to build more functionality into their IDX 3.0 website product. The technology provides ...


The Wine Country Group Merges with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Mason-McDuffie

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—Bay Area real estate industry veterans Ed Krafchow, Earl Shuttleworth and Gerrett Snedaker announced the formation of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wine Country Group Realtors with nine offices and over 180 agents concentrated in northern California’s Wine Country. Formerly associated with Frank Howard Allen, The ...


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Celebrates Worldwide Network Growth in 2010

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC announced that it grew both the office and agent count within its global network by 11% in 2010, ending the year with 11,700 sales associates located in more than 550 offices in 44 countries and territories worldwide. ...


RES.NET Releases Agent University

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—RES.NET, an infrastructure of diverse real estate professionals, has created a free, online Agent University. The new University is available in the AMP section of RES.NET, and allows professional level members to sign in and take advantage of several classes that can be taken at any time. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Mobile Foundation

Now that you’ve cracked the QR code and know that in order to have a successful QR code marketing strategy you need to have a mobile website strategy in place, what is it you should be looking for? There is a lot that goes into building a solid mobile website ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies – 7 Tips to Motivate Your Sphere of Influence to Refer to You

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2011—As a business coach for real estate agents, I often hear my clients say, “I just can’t pick up the phone and call my sphere of influence.” “Why not?” I ask. ...