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Why Video…Why Now?

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—They say the only constant in life is change. And when it comes to real estate marketing, those changes are coming fast and furious. A few years ago, few people had even heard of blogging, Facebook, or Twitter. And one of the biggest changes of all—online video—had ...


RealTown Announces Poll Results of National Association of REALTORS Membership Fee Increase Proposal

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2011—RealTown®, home of the oldest online real estate community, recently released the results of an online poll conducted amongst its community members to gauge REALTOR® and real estate industry participants’ acceptance of the National Association of REALTORS®’ proposed $40.00 annual fee increase to support its new Political ...


When a Mortgage Puts a Home Buyer at a Disadvantage

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—(MCT)—For home buyers who need to finance their purchase using a mortgage, a cash buyer can be their worst enemy. ...


Stumped Builders Adjust Their Designs

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011—(MCT)— With new-home sales at historical lows, builders are doing a lot of head-scratching about what kind of houses buyers want.Changing demographics and tougher lending standards are influencing their decisions, too. The industry is trying to get a handle on where home designs are headed after the ...


HUD Offers Grants to Clean Up Health Hazards in Housing

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that it is offering $2.5 million in grants to improve and develop methods and knowledge for detecting and controlling lead-based paint and other housing-related health and safety ...


Effectively Implementing Social Media Marketing

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2011—There is no question that social media has forever changed our world. Facebook, Twitter and countless other social media titans have swept our society, changing the ways businesses market themselves and dynamically influencing how those businesses communicate with their consumers. This is especially true for the real ...


April Storms Bring May Floods

RISMEDIA, May 6, 2011—Severe weather continues to be a concern for many areas in the United States. The weather system which leveled parts of the southeast last week also dumped record rainfall from Arkansas to Vermont. Additional rainfall has some ...


Build Your Business on Substance and Results

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—With the market we have today, consumers desperately need an experienced real estate agent for the largest financial transaction most of them will ever make. They want to know they’re working with a skilled, trusted professional who’s capable of closing sales. ...


Spring Warms Luxury Demand

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—It’s still very much a “cold” buyer’s market according to the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s April 24 Luxury Housing Report, but early numbers from the spring home buying season suggest that demand is warming up. ...


Latest MBA Weekly Survey Shows Increase in Mortgage Applications, Driven by Refinances

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—Mortgage applications increased 4.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 29, 2011. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 4.0 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis ...


Gallup: Time Is Right to Buy

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011—Consumer attitudes towards the housing markets are echoing views in the years immediately preceding the peak of the housing boom, according to a new national survey by the Gallup poll. Americans continue to see a buyer’s market in housing, according to an April 2011 Gallup poll. Sixty-nine ...


1parkplace to Host Listings Webinar: “The Art of Connecting with Your Community”

RISMEDIA, May 4, 2011--1parkplace, a leader in online real estate marketing, believes high quality education and training is paramount to the success of its valued members. As a result, the company is kicking off the spring training season with ...


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

RISMEDIA, May 4, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: visit NAR’s booth #1707 at NAR’s Midyear Trade Expo, REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, zipLogix, introduces new online document storage tool and Realtors Property Resource™ enters limited beta with broker tool sets. For more information visit ...


The Evolution of Buyer-Agent Relationships

RISMEDIA, May 3, 2011—I would first like to thank everyone for the kind words and feedback from my previous article. It’s nice to know that I am touching on some key issues in our industry and I hope that ...


Delinquent Mortgages, Updated Framework to Include Servicer Incentives and Penalties

RISMEDIA, May 3, 2011—Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to align their guidelines for servicing delinquent mortgages they own or guarantee. The updated framework will establish uniform servicing requirements as well as monetary incentives for servicers that perform ...


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