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Actions Speak Louder Than Words – Tips to Successfully Read Your Client’s Buy Signals

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2011—The 1960 Presidential Debates between Vice President Nixon and Senator Kennedy were the first nationally televised debates in presidential campaign history. With the advent of television, the debates took on a visual dimension and for the first time, 70 million voters were given the opportunity to not ...


Builder Confidence Unchanged for Fourth Consecutive Month

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2011—Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes remained unchanged at 16 for a fourth consecutive month in February, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2011—The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 11, 2011. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 9.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index ...


Get in while the Getting’s Good – Why Buyers and Sellers Should Take Advantage of Today’s Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—The Case-Shiller Index is one of the country’s most popular ways of measuring the movement of home prices. And in its latest rating, which went out in late December, the verdict was: Prices are down. The Case-Shiller ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: updated 2011 Code of Ethics products available at REALTOR.org/store; helpful resources available from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner Liberty Mutual; and save for your future with an IRA from REALTORS® Federal Credit Union. ...


America Needs an Affordable and Adequately Regulated Secondary Market, Says NAR

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® welcomes the Obama Administration’s call for an orderly transition from the current form of the secondary mortgage market to a new structure that would enable Americans to achieve affordable, sustainable mortgages. ...


ERA Real Estate Welcomes Latter & Blum Residential Real Estate Companies as its First ‘ERA Powered’ Affiliate

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—ERA Real Estate, a leading global real estate brand, announced the affiliation of Latter & Blum Residential Real Estate Companies in New Orleans, LA. With this announcement, the renowned Gulf South firm, consisting of Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS®, C.J. Brown REALTORS®, and Noles-Frye Realty, becomes the first ...


Home Buyer Tax Credit Repayment Begins for 2008 Buyers

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—Most home buyers who claimed the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for buying their first home in 2008 are required to start repaying the credit in 15 annual installments, beginning with their 2010 tax returns. ...


HUD Releases Proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan unveiled HUD’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal. Titled Creating Strong, Sustainable, Inclusive Communities and Quality Affordable Homes, the budget seeks to help lead America out of an unprecedented economic crisis and ensure our economy is competitive, growing and ...


ERA Stirling Properties Joins Forces With Van Eaton & Romero, Inc. REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—Van Eaton & Romero, Inc. and the residential division of ERA Stirling Properties/Lafayette, announced that the companies have finalized an agreement that will bring together two of the areas most respected real estate brands. Effective immediately, this acquisition increases the size of Van Eaton & Romero, already ...


Century 21 Real Estate Launches @C21 – Home Matters Blog

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organizations, announced the launch of @C21 – Home Matters, the official blog of Century 21. @C21 – Home Matters is a unique digital destination for home buying and selling tips ...


Next on NAHREP Radio: What Every Real Estate Professional Should Know about The Safe Act

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—The foreclosure crisis sparked new regulations and licensing requirements for mortgage originators. Many changes at the state level have already occurred, but more requirements are coming. Every real estate professional should know about the Safe Act and what these changes mean to their clients. Tim Doyle, Vice ...


Don’t Miss Your Chance to be Ranked among Leading Brokers in RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—In today’s challenging real estate environment, where brokers increasingly compete for a larger piece of a shrinking pie, inclusion among the industry’s upper echelon of real estate firms in RISMedia’s 23rd Annual Power Broker Report & ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #4

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011--Every piece of real estate is running through two cycles simultaneously. The market cycle we have already talked about. This week we are focused on the “Property Lifecycle.” Every property is in a constant state of flux; from deterioration to restoration, and back to deterioration again. Understanding ...


Weekly Video Tip: Portable Green Screen

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—We’ve all seen what using a green screen looks like when we watch the weather forecast on TV. In reality, we