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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.  ...


Top 3 Real Estate Mortgage Scams: What You Need to Know

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—Being a homeowner is one of the biggest dreams for the American people. Due to record numbers of homeownership and cheap mortgage rates, individuals who did not own a home previously are now looking for mortgages for ...


Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension Crucial, Say Local Real Estate Professionals

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—(MCT)—Local real estate professionals hear a clock ticking, and they're sure it's wired to the economy. The federal government's first-time homebuyer tax credit is scheduled to expire Nov. 30. The credit, part of the Obama administration-backed economic stimulus package, rewards Americans for buying a home by cutting them ...


CAR Reports September Home Sales Increased 2.1 Percent; Median Home Price Declined 7.3 Percent

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—Home sales increased 2.1% in September 2009 in California compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home declined 7.3%, the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) recently reported.  ...


8 Easy Ways to Reach More First-Time Home Buyers Online

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—It is clear to see that first-time homebuyers have had a major impact on today’s real estate market, especially because of the $8,000 First-Time Home Buyer tax credit. Catering to the needs of first-time buyers is one of the best things you can do today. As the expiration ...


HUD Takes Action against Reverse Mortgage Lender in Hawaii

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that its Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) is proposing to permanently withdraw the HUD/FHA approval of Financial Mortgage USA, Inc., a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM or reverse mortgage) lender based in Honolulu, Hawaii. HUD's MRB alleges the company ...


PropertyMinder and San Diego Association of Realtors Partner up for Affinity Program

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—PropertyMinder has entered into a Web technology partnership with the San Diego Association of Realtors® (SDAR), the company has announced. SDAR has chosen PropertyMinder as the vendor of choice for real estate websites for their over 12,000 members.  ...


Realty Executives International Announces Promotion of Owner Rich Rector to Executive Chairman and Glenn Melton to CEO

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—Realty Executives International, Inc., announced Owner Rich Rector’s new position as Executive Chairman, formerly the chief executive officer (CEO), in which he will maintain oversight and a key decision-making role in the operations of the organization. Realty Executives International’s new CEO is Glenn Melton.  ...


Administration Calls on Congress to Approve Key Housing Measures

RISMEDIA, October 31, 2009—Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan called on Congress to approve three important measures to improve housing and the housing market for Americans: extension of the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit for a limited period, extension of higher loan limits for home mortgages, and secure funding ...


Real Estate Is Local – So Is Leadership

RISMEDIA, October 31, 2009—Getting your clients to understand that real estate is local was one of the more difficult lessons that real estate professionals have had to preach during the recent housing downturn. As the media continually painted a negative picture of the real estate landscape, perspective buyers and sellers took ...


Breaking News: Senate Plans to Extend and Expand Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2009—(MCT/The Wall Street Journal)-The Senate has reached a compromise on extending and expanding the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers, a boost the housing industry believes will help it pull out of its two-year-old ...


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