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Home Buying 101: College Towns are Undiscovered, Affordable and Stable Markets for Homebuyers

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—Every fall, college football fans feel nostalgic for the tradition, lifestyle and spirit of their college towns as they cheer on their favorite teams. This year’s Coldwell Banker® College Home Price Comparison Index (HPCI) reveals that these ...


Professionalism of Providing Feedback

RISMEDIA, November 7, 2009—Taking the time to stage your home so that prospective buyers can envision themselves living in the space is a crucial part of getting your home sold. While a vast majority of sellers take their agents advice and declutter their homes before a showing, the feedback from a ...


Number of Home Listings Declines Nearly 3% in October 2009

RISMEDIA, November 7, 2009—The number of home listings within 27 major U.S. metropolitan areas slipped 2.82% in October 2009, compared to a month prior, and is down 28.65% compared to a year ago, according to a survey of home listings information provided by MLS in these markets conducted by national real ...


5 Spaces to Consider When Creating a Flexible Home

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—The definition of family has expanded far beyond the traditional image of a married couple and 2.2 children, and daily lives are busier than ever. Understanding a family’s unique needs and lifestyle is important in helping them ...


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

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2009—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: November offers from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative, tell us why you love being a REALTOR® at the 2009 REALTORS® Conference and Expo, and stay safe while you’re there with valuable tips from NAR.  ...


Real Estate Marketing: Dominating a Niche Market

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2009—The ongoing financial crisis is changing the face of the real estate market, and although the media is fond of using terms such as “credit crunch,” and “credit crisis,” these are misnomers. A more appropriate term would be a “return to rational lending practices.” The effects of runaway ...


Business Roundtable Commends Senate Vote on Homebuyer Tax Credit, Five-Year NOL ‘Carryback’

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2009—The following is a statement from the Business Roundtable commending the Senate for their recent vote to both extend and expand the homebuyer tax credit.  ...


Today’s Featured Listing – One-of-a-Kind Riverfront Home

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2009—Custom built in 2001, this Prairie style home is situated in an urban oasis in Chicago’s popular Lincoln Square neighborhood, on the north branch of the Chicago River. The home sits on over 9,000 ...


Stage Your Home for Under $1,000

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2009—(MCT)—Staging a home for sale can set it apart from the competition and make it inviting to the greatest number of buyers. Kiplinger's Personal Finance has these suggestions for staging your home for less than $1,000:  ...


Federal Reserve Holds Steady on Interest Rate

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2009—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve recently stated it was holding short-term interest rates at near zero and would probably make no change for the foreseeable future, despite a turnaround in economic activity. ...


Senate Clears Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension; May Pass as Early as This Week

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2009—After two weeks of delay, the Senate cleared the way to pass a seven month extension and expansion of the tax credit for homebuyers. By an 85 to 2 roll call vote, the Senate voted to cut ...


SNL Vet ‘Father Guido Sarducci’ to Perform at 14th Annual Power Broker Dinner

RISMEDIA, Nov. 5, 2009—Looking to bring some laughs to this year’s Power Broker Dinner, RISMedia has announced that Saturday Night Live veteran ‘Father Guido Sarducci’ a.ka. Don Novello, will serve as the featured entertainer for next week’s event. ...


6 Ways to Create a Culture of Gratitude in Your Organization

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2009—Here’s a question just in time for Thanksgiving: Does your organization encourage a culture of gratitude? Not in an obligatory (and fear-tinged), “In this economy you’d better be grateful just to have a job, buddy!” way, but in a, “Gee, I really appreciate my coworkers and the feeling ...


Only 12% of Real Estate Companies Plan to Increase Hiring in Next Six Months

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2009—In a survey of real estate CFOs and senior comptrollers conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, only 12% of real estate companies say they will increase hiring in the next six months and nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to reduce bonuses. ...


Marketing Strategies: 7 Powerful Tips to More Confidence

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2009—A client asked me recently how I would define confidence. I paused for a moment and replied, “Confidence is the inner knowing that you can achieve whatever you want.” What is your definition of confidence?  ...