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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. ...


Regional Spotlight: Predictions for 2011 New Development Plans in New York City

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—Now that 2011 has arrived, real estate professionals are looking forward to the year ahead in hopes that real estate markets across the country continue their recovery. Stephen G. Kliegerman, executive director of Halstead Property Development Marketing offers the following new development predictions for the year ahead. ...


Simple Tips to Strengthen Your Professional Reputation and Create a Positive Ripple Effect among Your Clients

RISMEDIA, December 31, 2010—We have all had the experience of throwing a stone in a pond and watching the waves ripple across the surface in ever expanding, concentric circles. Just as a ripple hits the shoreline, your reputation for the ...


Today’s Featured Listing: A Masterpiece Characterized by Quality and Imagination

RISMEDIA, December 31, 2010—This 1910 classic carriage house in Shrewsbury, New Jersey combines drama, elegance, fun and practicality. Listed by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) Member Gloria Nilson, REALTORS®, Real Living, this unique home offers a 1,200 square ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Prudential Palms Realty and Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty – Surviving and Thriving

Editor’s Note: The RREIN Broker Spotlight Series offers industry insights from members of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), an elite network of leading real estate companies united behind the belief that Information Share Equals Market Share. In this interview, ...


The Power of a Name: Sotheby’s Name Represents Integrity, Quality and Reliability

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—In 2004, when the Sotheby’s International Realty brand launched a full franchise system, the real estate market couldn’t have been much hotter. In the years since then, the high-end market—like the rest of real estate—has seen quite a swing. Yet, the brand continues to thrive…even considering 2010 ...


Economic Forces Drive Population Shifts Across U.S., Census Shows

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—(MCT)—One of the hallmarks of the American economy has been the mobility of its people—the speed with which they pulled up stakes to seek better opportunities elsewhere. But the deep recession ambushed long-running population trends, sharply slowing the migration to the Sunbelt while giving a boost to ...


Data Wars – An Industry-Wide Update on Data Licensing News

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—While it’s doubtful that the real estate industry will begin an intergalactic battle for data complete with clone armies and light sabers, the battle for control over the industry’s data is starting to heat up. It’s been a long time since the National Association of REALTORS® rolled ...


Extended Families Come Together Under One Roof to Make Ends Meet

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—(MCT)—Morning begins in the Grisso household with the coffee maker grinding beans at 6:07, churning with the same grating sound as a fork spinning in a sink disposal. The eight occupants of the house stir. Two grandparents float into the kitchen and head to work, taking the ...


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