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Marketing Strategies: Are You Proactive Enough?

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2009—What does it mean to be proactive? Many people come to me without a full understanding of the word proactive. What does it mean to you? Does it mean not procrastinating? Does it mean "getting on the ball?" If you answered "yes," you're right, but there's a lot ...


Hispanic and Asian Real Estate Professionals to Discuss State of Multicultural Homebuyer Market

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2009—Hispanic and Asian Real Estate professionals and industry business leaders will convene next week at the 2009 AREAA/NAHREP Real Estate and Marketing Conference in Las Vegas to discuss the state of the current multicultural homebuyer market. Hosted by the Asian Real Estate Association of America and the National ...


HomeInsurance.com and Home Warranty of America Work Together to Assist Homeowners

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2009—HomeInsurance.com and Home Warranty of America have joined forces to offer homeowners an easy way to obtain comprehensive coverage and competitive rates for their homeowner's insurance and home warranty needs. Homeowners can visit either company online and gain access to helpful decision-making information, purchase home warranties and ...


When Should You Tap Your 401k?

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2009—(MCT)—Right now, let's consider our economic world where credit card companies are stingy, consumer loans are tight or priced high out of reach and home values are so low that some families can no longer take out a home-equity line of credit.  ...


59% of Home Buyers Rely on Low Down-Payment Government Mortgages

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—The new home market is cooling down and government intervention has been a key driver to new home sales, according to a recent monthly survey of home builders, just released by John Burns Real Estate Consulting.  ...


Use Sales Assets to Build Your Dream Business

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—Most real estate agents do not focus on creating assets within their businesses. They simply focus their time and attention on trying to sell homes to generate income. This is fine, but it's not the best long-term strategy for your business because it forces you to continually sell, ...


How Imminent Is Eminent Domain?

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—Robert C. Bird, Assistant Professor of Business Law, University of Connecticut, is an expert on issues related to the principle of eminent domain. Simply put, eminent domain is the power of a government entity to be given authorization by the legislature or governor to take private property for ...


Vice President Joe Biden Unveils Report Focused on Expanding Green Jobs and Energy Savings for Middle Class Families

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—Vice President Joe Biden recently unveiled Recovery Through Retrofit, a report that builds on the foundation laid in the Recovery Act to expand green job opportunities and boost energy savings by making homes more energy efficient. Joining the Vice President were Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House ...


U.S. Housing Market Gains Steam from Sold 2009 Program

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—Despite a year of economic turmoil and challenging market forces, top real estate agents continue to sell homes in 2009. In fact, every day, 13,698 homes are sold– that’s 570 homes sold every hour daily.  ...


San Antonio Board of Realtors Partners with Point2 Technologies to Provide New Member Benefit

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—The San Antonio Board of Realtors® (SABOR) announces its partnership with Point2 Technologies Inc. According to the company, as a benefit to SABOR members, the Point2 Agent syndication solution places MLS property listings on a variety of Internet sites with a click of the mouse. With a ...


Pedal to Properties Launches New Website

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—Pedal to Properties, a Boulder-based real estate firm that lets buyers hunt for homes while riding distinctive cruiser bikes, has launched a new website (www.pedaltoproperties.com). The website lets buyers access easy to use home search tools, sign up for property alerts, connect with individual realtors and find ...


Appraisal Institute’s Newest Book Provides Direction for Residential Appraisers

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—A book published recently by the Appraisal Institute provides up-to-date, relevant instructions for completing residential real estate appraisal forms and offers in-depth instructions on providing valuations in the current market. The Appraisal Institute is one of the nation’s largest organizations of real estate appraisers.  ...


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Acquires Blue Realty GMAC in Northern New Jersey

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. has announced that it has acquired the assets of Blue Realty GMAC in northern New Jersey. More than 120 sales associates throughout Blue Realty’s eight offices in Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Monmouth and Passaic Counties will ...


RE/MAX Named to Franchise Times Top 200

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—RE/MAX International Inc. has joined the exclusive ranks of the most successful franchise chains in the world, after being named to the Franchise Times Top 200. RE/MAX made its debut in the number 12 position in the 2009 ranking, in front of all other real estate ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Increase Slightly; U.S. Rate Still Hovers Below 5.00%

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace for 30-year fixed mortgages increased two basis points last week to 4.97%, up from 4.95% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com. Rates for 15-year fixed mortgages ...