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Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Agents Rank High among Top National Real Estate Professionals

Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., has announced that the firm had 28 agents and four sales teams featured in the just-released The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals, an annual ranking by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends. Based on deals completed in 2010, Harald Grant of Sotheby’s International Realty’s Southampton ...


Smarter Agent Launches on Windows Phone

Smarter Agent, a mobile platform and application company, has announced the Smarter Agent real estate application for Windows Phone. According to the company, the Smarter Agent for Windows Phone is a comprehensive tool for anyone interested in accurate, unbiased, and local real estate information. ...


PropertyMinder Launches Real Estate Fan Pages for Facebook

PropertyMinder, Inc is now providing custom Facebook Fan Pages for real estate, the company has announced. With over 750 million users and growing, Facebook has become the No. 1 social network in the world. Inside of Facebook, REALTORS® can create Facebook Pages to keep their brand and business in front ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease

Mortgage applications decreased 4.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 2, 2011. ...


RISMedia CEO Remembers 9/11

Another beautiful September day and just about everything was ready for our 2001 Real Estate Leadership Conference to be held that week in New York City. With more than 1,250 attendees from all over the United States expected to attend, ...


Boomers Hunt for Smaller Houses

Regional Spotlight—(MCT)—When it comes to housing, baby boomers are different from many people in two important ways: they have more equity in their homes, and many are preparing to move. ...


Is There a Recruiting ‘Magic Pill?’

As a culture, we are infatuated with “magic pill” cures that can solve many of life’s problems. Weight loss, chronic pain, get-rich-quick businesses, fantastic abs and, yes, even the “recruiting pill.” Brokers today are growing in many ways and, those who are not, may simply be looking for the “magic ...


Lack of Equity Can Derail Mortgage Refinancing

(MCT)—With mortgage interest rates hovering around 50-year lows, refinancing is an appealing prospect for many homeowners. I think this is especially true considering the stock market’s August gyrations. Taking nervous energy and using it to focus on sure-thing money moves such as lowering payments or paying debt faster makes sense. ...


National Mortgage Complaint Center Urges Congress To Restore The Home Buyers Tax Credit

The National Mortgage Complaint Center is urging US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to introduce immediate legislation that restores the Federal Tax Incentive Plan for home buyers. However, the group says, "the Federal Tax Incentive Home Purchase Program should not be limited to first time home buyers only. We ...


One Trend That Will Separate Real Estate Winners and Losers

Last month, Steve Murray, president of Real Trends Inc., and Ian Morris, CEO of Market Leader, released a book focused specifically on what the real estate industry will look like over the next five years. The book, Game Plan, takes ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: a free safety webinar on social media and cyber safety, smart back-to-school savings with REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, OfficeMax®, and REALTORS® to host housing summit. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


Real Estate Agents Gain 8.5 Percent Increase in Income

A Chicago Agent magazine survey found that agents’ average income increased 8.5 percent. The average income in 2009 was $64k, and in 2010, this survey shows the average income was $70k. ...


Don’t Let Focusing on Lead Generation Torpedo Your Branding, Part 1

(EMC)—Although Admiral David Farragut had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, he's best known for a single order he gave at the Battle of Mobile Bay on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Farragut ordered his ships to attack the port, but when one ship sunk after striking ...


Fewer Homeowners Opting to Refinance

The number of consumers across the country who filed applications for new home loans recently fell considerably, as fewer borrowers sought to refinance their existing mortgages. Informa Research Services, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), suggests that consumers review ...


HUD Announces $25 Million in Available Grants for New Multifamily Energy Efficiency Pilot

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that $25 million is available through HUD’s new Multifamily Energy Efficiency Pilot program. Once awarded, these grants will help develop new innovative approaches for multifamily residential properties to reduce their energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, while saving money for ...


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