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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


Regional Spotlight: 2011 Begins with a Jump in Pending Sales for Washington, D.C. Metro Area

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011—According to data recently released by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), an MRIS company, there was a pronounced increase of 31% in pending sales in the January 2011 Washington, DC metro area housing market. The RBI Pending Home ...


Government Support of Housing Finance to be Gradually Eliminated Over Next Five to Seven Years

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011—(MCT)—In a move that had been widely anticipated, the Obama administration said last week that it wants to get the government out of the mortgage business by winding down operations at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next five to seven years. ...


Company Spotlight: Doing More with Less – Keller Williams Realty and DotLoop Partner to Create Lead-to-Close Business Solutions

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011—With 80,000 agents in 700 locations in North America, Keller Williams Realty is constantly looking for ways to keep its agents ahead of the game. While the real estate industry continues to be inundated with the latest and greatest technology, Keller Williams Realty is making it easier ...


55+ Housing Market Ends 2010 in Slump

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011—Home builder sentiment for the mature-market sector retreated in the last quarter of 2010 when compared to the same period a year earlier. The National Association of Home Builders' 55+ Housing Market Index for single-family homes dropped three points to 14 from a year ago following annual ...


8 Critical Steps to an Interfusion Marketing Strategy

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—With 2011 underway, we must be laser-focused and understand the mindset of the consumer with whom we want to do business. Tailor the presentation, the message and the information to engage them. An Interfusion Marketing strategy blends ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Cracking the QR Code

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—With the national release of OneCode™ last week, I had more conversations than ever before about QR codes and their functionality. We have discussed QR codes here on Monday mornings in the past, but since the level of interest in them continues to grow, I thought it ...


First-Time Buyers Demand Move-In Ready Starter Homes

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—The term “starter home” seemingly refers to an entry-level property—one that is affordable yet needs tender love and care. But amidst the many homes available in today’s market, current first-time buyers want places with a little less ...


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