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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Adds Oregon Firm to Its Franchise Network

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2010—Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced that Clackamas-based Realty Partners, Inc. has joined its franchise network, adding a brand presence in the state of Oregon. The brokerage will now operate as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Realty Partners, serving the Portland metropolitan area and ...


Realogy Announces Preliminary Results of Exchange Offers and Receipt of Required Consents for Amendments to Senior Notes

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2010—Realogy Corporation announced that holders of approximately $2.67 billion aggregate principal amount (or approximately 88%) of the Existing Notes (as defined below) have validly tendered and not withdrawn their Existing Notes prior to the Consent Time (as defined below) in connection with Realogy's previously commenced private exchange ...


Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Puts Luxury Listings at Consumers’ Fingertips with Launch of Mobile Real Estate Application

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2010—Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC announced the launch of SIR Mobile, a free Sotheby’s International Realty mobile application that works on standard cell phones and smart phones across all mobile carriers, allowing consumers to view luxury homes for sale in a given market. The app is available ...


Builder Confidence Remains Flat in December

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2010—Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes remained unchanged in December from the previous month at 16 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released Wednesday. ...


Fewer U.S. Homeowners Underwater on Their Mortgage

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—(MCT)—The number of homeowners in the U.S. who owe more on their properties than what those homes are worth has declined steadily for most of 2010, according to Santa Ana, Calif. research firm CoreLogic. But the drop ...


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

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a no-cost field guide to working with single home buyers from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; REALTOR Benefits® partner zipLogix introduces zipForm® mobile; and REBAC announces a new benefit for ABR® designees, the ABR® iPhone app. ...


Are Your Virtual Tours Naughty or Nice?

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—Virtual tour providers and virtual tours are all exactly the same, or are they? Does it matter if you use one that offers free virtual tours or one that charges a monthly subscription? Does it matter if the virtual tour company is brand new or may claim ...


Lifestyle Search Helps Real Estate Professionals Harness Consumers’ Unique Needs to Sell More Real Estate

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—Real estate consumers these days are no longer satisfied with the ability to search for a three-bedroom, two bath condo. They now want more levels of search that qualify as the up and coming concept known as ‘Lifestyle Search.’ Consumers are choosing their homes not only on ...


‘Tis the Season to Move – The Do’s and Don’ts of Relocating during the Holidays

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—While everyone is preparing for the holiday season, are you singing to a different tune as you stress about your upcoming move? Moving can be demanding on its own, plus combined with the stresses of preparing for the holidays, can be as challenging as finding that one ...


Freddie Mac Suspends Evictions from December 20 to January 3, 2011

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—Freddie Mac recently announced it has ordered all evictions involving foreclosed occupied single-family and two-four unit properties that had Freddie Mac mortgages to be suspended from December 20, 2010 to January 3, 2011. ...


Technology Takes Showing Approval Process to New Level

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—As the office manager for a large team of agents that manages about 200 active listings at any one time, Beth Lovell with RE/MAX Legends knows the importance of providing clients with the information they need while on-the-go. ...


Tips, Time Savers and Hope for the Over-Connected – Part Two

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2010—Here are some additional quick tips from HWA’s online guru to help you take back some time, but still stay connected to family, friends and clients. You can easily adjust these settings or alerts to monitor everything from your personal communications, to keeping up with what’s being ...


‘The New Normal’: What Is It and How Will It Affect Your Business?

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2010—As we continue to make our way closer to the end of 2010, everyone seems to be talking about the “new normal.” In this month’s Power Broker Roundtable, real estate professionals Steve Brown and Charlie Oppler discuss ...


Weekly Video Tip: Video Shows Personality

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2010—When was the last time you did business with someone you didn’t like? Now granted, sometimes we don’t have a choice—like at the license branch, or maybe the checkout clerk we happen to get stuck with. But the truth is, when we have a choice, we deal ...


Price-Reduced Listings Continue to Soar Over Last Year, According to ZipRealty’s Monthly Price Reduction Index

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2010—The number of price-reduced homes on the market this November increased dramatically compared to the same time last year, rising 24.1% according to ZipRealty's Price Reduction Index, a monthly review of MLS-listed properties in 26 markets surveyed by the real estate brokerage. ...