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Signature Sotheby’s International Realty Announces Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist Certification Honor

RISMEDIA, December 17, 2009—Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that Jo Rutstein was recently awarded the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification. Introduced in January 2006, the RSPS Certification is a nationally-recognized certification awarded by the National Association of Realtors® to real estate professionals who wish to demonstrate and promote–to ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rate Inches Up for Second Straight Week

RISMEDIA, December 17, 2009—The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages increased five points last week to 4.72%, up from 4.67% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. ...


Eighty-Eight Percent of Current Homeowners Looking to Trade-Up to Larger Home are Willing to Consider Purchasing a Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2009—Trulia.com, a real estate search site, and RealtyTrac, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties recently released the latest results of an ongoing survey tracking home buyers’ attitudes towards foreclosures. The new online survey conducted on their behalf ...


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

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2009—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: A free ‘Cost vs. Value’ webinar through NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative, through 12/31 receive e-PRO® course discount and 2-month extension, and NAR President Vicki Cox Golder outlines goals for 2010. Continue to look for the ...


Help for Homeowners – Understanding the Making Home Affordable Program

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2009—(MCT)—Michelle had lived in her southeast Wichita home for 15 years, but when she emerged from a bankruptcy in January, her bank informed her that she had missed $9,000 in house payments in recent years. ...


Rebranding through a Recession – How to Profit during the Hard Times

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2009—Rebranding in the midst of today’s market uncertainties may be an adventure that many real estate professionals are not willing to take. But Greg Rand, Managing Partner, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty took the opportunity when he announced Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ...


HUNT Real Estate ERA Enters Capital Region Market

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2009—Buffalo-based HUNT Real Estate ERA announced that it has formed a new joint venture with Empire Home Realty, Inc. based out of Saratoga Springs. Empire Home Realty currently operates two offices with over 30 agents associated with the firm. The newly established partnership will operate under the ...


RE/MAX of Indiana to Provide Online Foreclosure Search through RealtyTrac Partnership

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2009—RE/MAX of Indiana recently reached an agreement with RealtyTrac, one of the leading online marketplaces for foreclosure properties to provide foreclosure listings on its popular website, www.remax-indiana.com. ...


Crary Homes & Real Estate Affiliates with Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2009—Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services, Inc., a Prudential Financial, Inc. company, announced the affiliation of Crary Homes & Real Estate, Inc., an independent real estate brokerage. The company will operate as Prudential Crary Real Estate, serving markets throughout Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. ...


Zillow Launches Rental Listings and Search to Home Shopping Database

RISMEDIA, December 16, 2009—Real estate website Zillow.com recently launched rental listings and search to its home shopping service and database of more than 90,000,000 U.S. homes. For the first time on Zillow, anyone can list a home for rent, and Zillow users can now search both rental homes and homes ...


5 Questions to Consider Before Purchasing a Home

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2009—(MCT)—Interest rates on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dipped to a 38-year low recently, giving consumers another reason to consider purchasing a home or refinancing their current one. ...


Free Webinar: Join Dennis Walsh from RE-buildUSA on ‘The Sleeper Program That Will Generate You More Business’

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2009—Join 1parkplace CEO Steve Hundley as he interviews Dennis Walsh from RE-buildUSA on this advantageous program for agents who are looking for an edge in this challenging market. Dennis is a fascinating innovator who has a brilliant program that every agent should know about. ...


A Holiday Letter to the President

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2009—Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. This is a difficult time to be the leader of the free world, and here at home expectations have been so high that you cannot really blame people for being a little disappointed in the results. ...


Build a Reputation, Build a Business – Align Yourself with a Successful Organization

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2009— Every real estate professional knows that a large part of their success depends on their reputation, which can be greatly affected by the organizations with which they align themselves. Here, Blair Allan, National Executive, Strategic Business Alliances at Bank of America discusses how a strategic business ...


94% of Real Estate Small Business Owners are Optimistic about Their Businesses

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2009—With the real estate market poised for a positive turn in 2010, a recent study commissioned by the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute reveals 94% of real estate small business owners are optimistic that their companies will emerge from the recession intact and well positioned for ...


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