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Short Sale Marketing System Provides Crye-Leike Realtor with Substantial Sales Increase

RISMEDIA, March 29, 2011— Kim Blanton of Crye-Leike Realtors in the Hendersonville, Tenn. area has seen an exceptional increase in listing inventory and sales resulting from Pro Step Marketing’s Short Sale Marketing Plan, Website Design and Social Media strategy. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Mobile Foundation

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—So you’ve heard about QR codes. In order to crack the QR Code, you need to have a solid mobile website strategy in place. This is the destination all your QR Codes will point to. So, what is it you should be looking for? There is a ...


A Gentle Rise in Mortgage Applications

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—Mortgage applications increased 2.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 18, 2011. The Market Composite Index—a measure of mortgage loan application volume—increased 2.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one ...


How Do Property Tax Rates Work?

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—It's that time of year again, and some of you should be expecting your property tax bill for the first half of 2011. If that's the case, then you'll probably be wondering just how the government calculates property tax rates and why your bill seems to change ...


Checking Your Sump Pump This Spring Can Help Avoid Costly Basement Flooding

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2011—As winter gives way to spring, the threat of water flooding your basement substantially increases. ...


Update on First Time Homebuyer Credit and Tax Refunds

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—The IRS recently released information on processing issues that are impacting a small percentage of tax returns involving repayment of the First Time Homebuyer Credit (FTHB), primarily involving 2008 home purchases. While most of these returns are ...


Vacation Home Sales Surge Higher

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—In a sign that the housing market is finally making a major move in a positive direction, vacation home markets—some of the most battered in the real estate downturn—are making a surge higher in many of the hardest hit areas of the nation. Condominium sales in Hawaii ...


5 Good Reasons to Use QR Codes

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—Ain’t no stopping them now—QR codes are on the move! The buzz about these mythical images has grown to the point that they are on everyone’s mind, especially as this year’s marketing plans begin to go into action. Inevitably, they have fallen under the mobile category, as ...


Regional Spotlight: Fannie Mae’s South Florida Mortgage Help Center Celebrates One Year of Helping Area Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Regional Spotlight: RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—Recently Fannie Mae and Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) celebrated the one-year anniversary of Fannie Mae's South Florida Mortgage Help Center. Since opening its doors in March 2010, the South Florida Mortgage Help Center has reached out to more than 5,000 South ...


Distressed Homeowners’ Top Priorities: Food Assistance and Help with Heating Costs

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011—As the economic downturn continues, more homeowners lagging on their mortgage payments are looking for help with basic needs. These are the findings of MortgageKeeper Referral Services, Inc., the developer of a unique database that connects users with more than 6,000 qualified nonprofit and government agencies. ...


Consumers Agree – It’s A Good Time to Buy Real Estate

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—According to the latest Spending and Saving Tracker from American Express, more than two in five (41 percent) of Americans said that it’s a buyer’s market for real estate. However, over 61 percent agree that a seller’s ...


Anticipating a Spring Thaw

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—In the world of real estate, the going has been tough—and we have been going. These are the most challenging economic times that most of us have ever known. This has been a cold, long, and bitter economic winter in real estate. There are, however, hints of ...


Treasury to Begin Orderly Wind Down of Its $142 Billion Mortgage-Backed Securities Portfolio

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—Recently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that it will begin the orderly wind down of its remaining portfolio of $142 billion in agency-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Starting this month, the Treasury plans to sell up to $10 billion in agency-guaranteed MBS per month, subject to ...


Lead Paint Hazards and Older Windows: March 20-26 National Poison Prevention Week

RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011—If your home was built before 1978 and you still have the original windows, it's time to seriously consider replacing them—especially if members of your household include young children or someone who is pregnant. ...


RISMedia Revamps Time-honored Annual Conference for Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2011—This May, hundreds of the industry’s top practitioners and visionaries will gather for RISMedia’s 23rd annual educational and networking event, Achieve!, Real Estate’s Innovation & Opportunity Conference. Formerly known as The Leadership Conference, RISMedia’s ...


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