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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?  ...


@properties Launches New Chicago Real Estate Website

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2009—@properties, one of Chicago’s leading real estate brokerage companies launched a new company website (www.atproperties.com). According to the company, the site gives consumers all of the Chicago-area real estate listings from the MLS, neighborhood information and hyper-local market data; while also providing the company and its agents ...


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.  ...


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