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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC Launches iPhone Application For Today’s Unique Home Buyer

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2009—Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced the release of its free iPhone application, Home Selection Assistant, a do-it-yourself tool that enhances the home buying experience by allowing users to gather, store, rate and share home information and images in a searchable portal. The application also ...


Long & Foster Leverages Neighborhood & School Reports from LPS Real Estate Group to Enhance Consumer Experience

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2009—LPS Real Estate Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lender Processing Services, Inc. announced that Long & Foster Real Estate, one of the largest real estate companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, has selected LPS Real Estate Group’s Neighborhood & School Reports to be the exclusive provider of ...


Realtors Build Green Building Practices to Meet Consumer Demand

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2009—Many of today’s consumers want homes and communities that are sensitive to the larger environment, and Realtors are responding to meet this growing demand. More than 3,000 Realtors have earned the Green Designation since the National Association of Realtors launched it one year ago, and an additional ...


What Impact Will Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension Have on Housing Industry?

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2009—(MCT)—Congress is a step closer to extending the $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit and offering a new credit to other types of buyers, but some analysts are downplaying the controversial stimulus' effect on the housing market.  ...


5 Strategies to Keep Your Website in Tip-Top Shape – Part 1

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2009—As the Internet continues to evolve and more prospective buyers begin their home search on the Web, it is crucial that real estate professionals keep their website in tip-top shape. The following five tips will help you get on the right track toward giving buyers and sellers the ...


Consumers Would Rather Make Their Homes Prettier than Energy-Efficient, According to Energy Pulse Survey

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2009—A new national survey recently released finds Americans once again prefer aesthetic home improvements–a refinished kitchen or bathroom–over money-saving improvements, such as energy-efficient windows or a high-efficiency furnace.  ...


Company Spotlight: New Mobile Application ‘Gets an A’

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2009—Time is a precious commodity for Claudio Varo, an extremely busy real estate professional whose markets include Northern Chicagoland and the suburbs. He tries not to squander even a moment of his fast-paced days. That’s why he was so pleased when SentriLock, a fast-growing provider of electronic lockbox ...


ERA Real Estate Names Anne Blumenstein Vice President of Marketing

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2009—ERA Franchise Systems LLC announced the appointment of Anne Blumenstein to the position of vice president of marketing. Blumenstein brings more than 20 years of integrated marketing experience to her new role, as well as a successful track record of developing franchise support and growth models.  ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Stay Relatively Steady

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2009—The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased one basis point last week to 4.86%, down from 4.87% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages ...


Coming Together to Rebuild and Restore – How Two Companies are Bringing Hope to America’s Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2009—We’ve heard a lot about the ‘perfect storm’ over the past year—appreciating home prices, plus loans gone bad, plus unemployment equals a devastating downturn for real estate. But there’s another perfect storm you should know about: distressed ...


Pending Home Sales Rise for Record Eight Straight Months

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2009—Pending home sales rose again, marking eight consecutive monthly gains–the longest streak since measurement began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  ...


5 Questions You Must Ask to Make Sure Your Personal Brand Measures Up

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2009—Creating and maintaining a personal brand is crucial to finding success in today’s real estate market. While an elaborate personal logo and a catchy tagline are solid foundations for your personal brand, it is important that every contact you have with a consumer defines and reinforces your personal ...


In Tough Economic Times, More Homeowners Look to Roommates to Help Make Ends Meet

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2009—(MCT)—Last year, Lori Gordon lost half her nest egg but gained a new friend about half her age. That would be Brooke Thalacker, the teacher and aspiring school counselor who now rents part of Gordon's home.  ...


AnnounceMyMove and Move Advocate Partnership Aims to Offer Faster Home Sales

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2009—Move Advocate and AnnounceMyMove LLC., a privately held company, announced an affiliate partnership to provide complimentary move management services from Move Advocate to AnnounceMyMove members and their clients.  ...


Listingbook Launches New Homepage

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2009—Listingbook, one of the leading innovators of online client-servicing tools for real estate agents announced that they have launched a new gateway into Listingbook.  ...