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Fannie Mae Opens First Mortgage Help Center in Texas

RISMEDIA, December 21, 2010—Fannie Mae announced the opening of a new mortgage help center in Dallas and partnerships with two non-profit housing agencies that will provide free counseling services for struggling homeowners in the greater Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas, with loans owned by Fannie Mae. ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: RE/MAX 440 and RE/MAX Central – Higher Education Equals Higher Productivity

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, ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Merry Mobile – Happy Facebook!

RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—With the holidays upon us and the snapshot of our year quickly developing before our eyes, if it had not been developed already, for many, reflection sets in. As I joined the Lucky Strike Social Media Club for dinner this past week at the Roger Smith Hotel ...


Staying Profitable Starts with Continually Reinventing Your Business to Keep Up with Exponential Change

RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—Brokers today, large and small, face significant challenges they did not face 20 years ago. Profit margins have eroded and control over their independent contractors has been minimized. The consumer has taken on a much more vocal role in the process and is forcing transparency and responsiveness ...


Foreclosures Intrigue Home Buyers Looking for Deals

RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—(MCT)—Last spring, in the waning days of the first-time home buyer tax credit, Stephen Ploski made an offer on a foreclosed home in Farmington Hills, Mich.  He said the 1,400-square-foot home was livable, but needed serious updates. ...


Homes Made Famous in Favorite Holiday Movies

RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—As the decorations go up and the temperatures go down, winter is the perfect time to cozy up and indulge in a holiday movie marathon. While the Whos in Whoville and elves in Santa’s workshop live happily in our imagination, there is a plethora of real-life locations ...


Century 21 Real Estate Wins Platinum AVA Awards

RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, has received two Platinum Ava Awards from the 2010 international awards competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, direction, shooting, and editing of ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease

RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 10, 2010. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased ...


Housing Starts Rise 3.9 Percent in November 2010

RISMEDIA, December 18, 2010—Nationwide housing starts rose 3.9% in November 2010 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 units from an upwardly revised number in the previous month, according to newly released data from the U.S. Commerce Department. This ...


4 Tips to Ensure a Smooth Real Estate Transaction

RISMEDIA, December 18, 2010—As a real estate agent, it's important to be aware of the pitfalls of home financing in order to help your sales come together and stay together. Typically, during the sales process, you may be your client’s first point of contact for any and all situations that ...


Company Spotlight: Click and Done – REALTOR® Credits Lowe’s Inside Out e-Newsletter with a Job Well Done

RISMEDIA, December 18, 2010—While Chris Farkas is relatively new to the real estate business, the three-year real estate professional knows one thing for sure: you have to work hard in this business and you need good marketing systems to achieve success. ...


A Membership of Value – Accredited Buyer’s Representative Designation Provides Wealth of Benefits

RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—Each year, REBAC strives to provide the latest tools and resources to help agents build their buyer business through its Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Designation program. Agents who complete the education required to earn the ABR® designation ...


One Rule for Social Media: Forget Twitter and LinkedIn; Focus on Facebook

RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—My friend Ben Casnocha once warned: "beware of advice from...professional advice-giver[s], rather than someone in the trenches. The best advice on networking will come from someone who is not a professional networker." ...


Foreclosure Activity Decreases 21 Percent in November 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for November 2010, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 262,339 U.S. properties in November, a 21% decrease ...


Rural Areas with Natural Amenities, Recreational Opportunities or Quality of Life Advantages are Best Suited to Grow

RISMEDIA, December 17, 2010—(MCT)—The majority of the nation's sparsely populated rural counties lost even more residents in the last decade, though some rural counties—particularly those in the mountain West—saw population gains that may be the result of retirees striking out for areas that are both scenic and affordable, according to ...


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