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HUD Deploys Walzak Consulting REO Performance Evaluation Model

RISMEDIA, January 5, 2011—To better oversee the maintenance and sales of foreclosed FHA homes, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has deployed the REO Performance Evaluation Model developed by Walzak Consulting Inc. in its Management and Marketing III (M&M III) program for HUD field service manager and asset ...


Trust-Building Critical in Today’s Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, January 5, 2011—Now more than ever, most consumers are nervous about jumping into homeownership, highlighting the need for integrity and honesty in real estate today. Here, Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC offers the following tips for real estate professionals to build trust with ...


Bringing a New Approach to the American Dream – How Radian Stands Up for Homeownership

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—If you’ve been in the real estate industry for a long time, probably the last place you’d expect to see Brien McMahon is standing amidst a sea of pink flamingos. But McMahon is making a statement here. ...


Weekly Video Tip: Using Green Screen Technology

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—Have you ever wondered how the meteorologist on the five o’clock news interacts so effortlessly with the animated weather map? And have you ever asked yourself how Elliot and E.T. gracefully flew through the starlit sky via bicycle in 1982? The answer is green screen or chroma ...


7 Ways to Generate Leads and Make Money Using Facebook

RISMEDIA, January 31, 2011—A few years ago it was enough just to be on Facebook. That alone might have made you stand out. Nowadays, however, everyone—from your fiercest competition to your dear old Aunt Susie—is on the social networking giant, so it’s imperative that you maximize your presence. Here are ...


New Survey Helps Marketers Find Their Place on Social Media Usage Scale

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—The team at Ardynn Publishing has released a new survey entitled "How Social Is Your PR?” The purpose of the survey is to help marketers see where they fall on the social media usage scale. As we kick off the New Year, the team at Ardynn Publishing ...


Paint Offers Inexpensive Way for Homeowners to Freshen and Update Their Homes

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—Individual style, mixed with budget-conscious decorating will drive 2011 paint color trends, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. ...


Terabitz Solidifies Industry Leadership Role; Continues to Sign Leading Brokerages, Launch New Products

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—Real estate brokerage technology provider, Terabitz announced the launch of www.ywgcrealty.com (Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty). It is the latest Terabitz-powered website developed for a leading multi-office U.S. brokerage. “We launched 40 new sites in 2010 in addition to signing our first 53 office international real ...


Zillow Logs Record-Breaking 2010

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—Real estate information company Zillow Inc. wrapped up 2010 with a record-breaking traffic month, which capped a year of significant business announcements and usage milestones. Zillow logged more than 13 million unique users in the traditionally slow real estate month of December, the most in any month ...


Pending Home Sales Continue Recovery

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—Pending home sales rose again in November 2010, with the broad trend over the past five months indicating a gradual recovery into 2011, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Making Mobile Easy with New Website

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—Redesigning and/or rejuvenating your website can be a daunting task. Just recently my team and I sat in our conference room for hours clicking through every possible inch of our existing website and mapping out what those clicks would lead to on the new site. While we ...


Good Listing Pictures Start with Choosing the Right Camera

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—Recently, Kodak partnered with REALTOR® Magazine to present a nationwide “Listing through a Lens” webinar on taking good pictures. This webinar covered many aspects of photography and serves as an excellent reference for agents who are looking to improve the photo quality of the listings they market. ...


Provision in Sweeping Bank Reform Law to Affect Mortgage Availability

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—(MCT)—A behind-the-scenes battle is forming over a provision to the sweeping bank reform law that will affect mortgage availability. At issue is a provision in the sweeping Dodd-Frank Act that requires banks to have "skin in the game" by retaining some of the risk of loans they ...


Help Clients Answer the Door to the Opportunity of a Lifetime

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—As the media continues to focus on the negative aspects of the real estate market, it is more important than ever for real estate professionals to help their clients understand that today’s market presents a once in a lifetime opportunity. Here, Earl Lee, president of Prudential Real ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Jump Again

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—Mortgage rates climbed higher this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rising to 5.02%, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.44 discount and origination points. ...


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