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It’s Time to Link Up – with LinkedIn

Mention the phrase “social media” and most people automatically think of Facebook and Twitter. But if you have any dealings in the corporate world—whether you’re a CEO, salesperson, human resource manager, administrative assistant, or anything in between—you’ll want to take a closer look at LinkedIn. ...


Humanization, Relationships and Likeability

RISMEDIA, Aug 2, 2011—We can trace word-of-mouth marketing all the way back to 2000 B.C. when Eve said to Adam, “You ought to try a bite of this apple.” The Garden of Eden scenario represents marketing in its purest form—after ...


Rand on Real Estate: America Is a National Marketplace with Something for Everyone

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica hosts “Rand on Real Estate” on 770 WABC with a live caller from Passaic, N.J. discussing long-term retirement decisions of the current properties he owns. ...


Weekly Video Tip: Utilizing Social Media Marketing

You’ve just started your own business. You have put your sweat, blood, and tears into its success. So, now what? How do you plan to spread the word? Technology is advancing so rapidly that if you thought you had a real bang-up marketing plan a year ago, do me a ...


Despite ‘Buyers’ Market’ Conditions, Real Estate Company Satisfaction Improves among Sellers

RISMEDIA, Aug 2, 2011—Although conditions in the real estate market point to the continued existence of a buyers’ market, home buyers indicate they are less satisfied with real estate company services, compared with 2010, while home-seller satisfaction has improved during ...


Home-Price Index Sees Small Bump in May

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2011—(MCT)—A closely watched index of home prices in the largest U.S. cities increased from April to May, the second consecutive month of improvement, but experts attributed the bump to seasonal variations and prices continued to fall compared ...


Realogy to Release Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results and Host Webcast on August 3

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2011—Realogy Corporation will release its second quarter 2011 financial results and file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. ...


Partnering with Appraisers, Upping the Value of Green

NAR Green Designees aren't the only industry pros battling to get recognition for the dollar value of eco-friendly home features. It's an uphill battle for green appraisers too. That's according to Sandy Adomatis of Adomatis Appraisal Service, Punta Gorda, ...


Pending Home Sales Rise in June

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2011—Pending home sales increased in June following a wide swing down in April and then up in May, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Activity increased in the West and South but declined in the Midwest and Northeast; all regions show strong double-digit gains from a ...


Foreclosures Fall across America

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2011—Foreclosure activity decreased in 85 percent of the nation’s metropolitan areas in the first half of the year and all top 10 metro areas with the highest foreclosure rates posted decreasing foreclosure activity. ...


Home Prices Rise Second Month in Row, Will Uptick Continue?

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2011—(MCT)—Home prices in major U.S. cities increased in May for the second consecutive month, according to a closely watched index, although experts dismissed the uptick as seasonal while separate reports provided fresh evidence of a weak housing ...


Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2011— The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some ARM contracts, was 4.62 percent based ...


Point2 Implements National Real Property Data Syndication and Co-Marketing Programs with 17 MLSs and Associations

RISMEDIA, July 29, 2011— Point2 (www.Point2.com) recently announced that it has completed the implementation of its national listing syndication and software co-marketing program, with 17 additional Multiple Listing Service (MLS) organizations and associations, including 10 California Regional MLS, Inc. member organizations and two international associations, in Mexico and ...


Real Estate Agents Shoulder Small-Business-Owner Burden

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—(MCT) —Eight out of 10 real estate agents are independent contractors, not salaried or commissioned employees. Which means that a real estate agent can be described as a small businessperson, says Walt Molony, spokesman for the National Association of REALTORS®. Or, in the view of the IRS, ...


Seasonal Home Price Increase Underway in May 2011

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2011—Data through May 2011, released recently by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed a second consecutive month of increase in prices for the 10- and 20-City Composites. The 10- and 20-City Composites were up 1.1% and 1.0%, ...