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4 Tips to Improve Your Odds for Short Sale Success

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—Last month, we discussed some of the problems associated with short sales: too many properties for lenders to handle; too much uncertainty about valuation; too many second loans; and accounting mechanisms that encourage financial institutions to delay ...


Communicating with Your Prospects – When Is the Best Time to Send Marketing Emails to Your Database?

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—Dr. Frank Luntz recently released a new book titled "What Americans Really Want... Really." It's a great book for those of you who are serious about marketing. Dr. Luntz has conducted over 1,500 surveys and has studied how people live and what they really want in their ...


FHA Mortgage Insurance Program Important to Housing Market and Recovery

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—The Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance program is a critical part of the American housing fabric and has never been more important than it is in today's market, NAR President Vicki Cox Golder told a congressional panel recently. ...


Buyer Discounts Inch Downward in October

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—Buyers negotiated a median 2.7% off the last listing price of homes during October 2009, down from 2.9% in September, according to Zillow’s Real Estate Market Reports. The month marked the ninth this year in which discounts shrank (in January, buyers negotiated a median 4.6% ...


Top 5 Members Carla Rayman and Patricia Tan Receive 2009 Sarasota Association of Realtors President’s Award

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—Every year, the Sarasota Association of Realtors® (SAR) recognizes a handful of valuable leaders and singles them out as strong examples of how to make a difference in the lives of others. Carla Rayman and Patricia Tan of Prudential Palms Realty were recently recognized with the 2009 ...


RE/MAX Partners with Five Star Institute for Training; Builds on Foreclosure Expertise

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—To support its pre-foreclosure and foreclosure experts in the real estate business, RE/MAX International, Inc. announces it is growing its distressed property expertise through a partnership with the Five Star Institute (FSI). ...


The Corcoran Group Launches Interactive Real Estate Search and Information iPhone App

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—The Corcoran Group, one of New York City’s largest residential real estate firms, announced the official release of a real estate app the company developed for the Apple iPhone. The app is available for free and immediate download at www.corcoran.com/iphone. ...


Ernie Coshonis to Head the Talbot Group’s Operations

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—Liz Talbot, President of The Talbot Group, announced the appointment of Ernie Coshonis as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the firm’s nationwide relocation counseling and management services. ...


Home Improvement Spending Surges 8.7% in October

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—Spending on home improvement surged 8.7% in October 2009 as American homeowners responded to tax credits, according to Marvin Windows and Doors, one of the nation's largest manufacturers of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows and doors. ...


Do You Find It Easy or Difficult to ‘Toot Your Own Horn?’

RISMEDIA, December 5, 2009—One of the biggest concerns I hear from my clients, almost on a daily basis, is: “How can I market myself without being pushy?” or “How can I be assertive without being aggressive?” ...


Shift Your Mindset, Tighten Your Budget and Get on the Path to Success

RISMEDIA, December 5, 2009—Ensuring that your business is successful in the future starts with making good choices today. Becoming personally involved in your business enables you to get a clear sense of the current market issues and how you can adjust your mindset and budget in order to be successful. ...


9 Leadership Strategies to Beat Fear, Stress, the Recession Blues, and to Boost Morale and Employee Engagement

RISMEDIA, December 5, 2009—There's no doubt about it: the past year or so has been a lean time for most companies. And while there's hope that the worst (economically speaking) might be behind us, we aren't out of the woods yet. The dark days of the recession have spawned a ...


‘For Your Clients’ Series: 10 Ways to Sell a Home with a Wet Basement; Part 3: Preventing Water from Leaking in through Cracks in the Walls

RISMEDIA, December 4, 2009—Imagine walking a potential homebuyer through the murky basement of a troublesome listing you just can’t seem to sell. The first thing the client sees is large, ugly cracks on the walls with water leaking through them ...


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

RISMEDIA, December 4, 2009—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Get the 2009 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers at No-Cost through NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative, save up to 50% on select rentals from REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Budget, and share your listings on ...


Business Phones: Meeting the Needs of the Many

RISMEDIA, December 4, 2009—Although it may seem like we should have Aristotle or at least Goethe to thank for the quote “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one,” in fact it’s not any of the great philosophers. It’s really Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, ...


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