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Real Estate Trends Archive


Mortgage Forms Should Include More Transparency, Appraisal Institute Tells Federal Reserve

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2011—One of the nation’s largest real estate appraisal organizations called on the Federal Reserve last week to require appraisal management companies to disclose their fees to consumers as the Fed implements landmark appraisal regulatory reforms passed by Congress. ...


Fannie Mae Launches WaysHome Interactive Video Tool to Help Struggling Homeowners

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2011—Fannie Mae recently launched WaysHome, a free, interactive multi-media tool designed to educate homeowners about their options to avoid foreclosure, empower them to make informed decisions and motivate them to take action and seek help in 2011. As part of Fannie Mae’s “Know Your Options” initiative to ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: 5 Tips to Turn a Resolution into Reality

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—Did you know that 90% of Americans break their New Year’s Resolutions by January 31st? You can prevent this from happening, and turn your resolutions into a reality by following the tips listed below. ...


FHA Issues Guidance for Reverse Mortgage Borrowers and Lenders Dealing with Outstanding Debts

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released guidance to homeowners and lenders that use the reverse mortgage or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program and are dealing with outstanding property taxes and unpaid hazard insurance premiums. FHA’s guidance ...


When Creating a Mobile Website, Experience Is King

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—Redesigning and/or rejuvenating your website can be a daunting task. Just recently, my team and I sat in our conference room for hours looking through every possible inch of our existing website and mapping out what that would lead to on the new site. While we are ...


Do-It-Yourself Interior Painting Is Like Money in the Bank

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—Trying to decide whether to do some home remodeling this year or leave your money in the bank? You can do both if you remodel with paint. “The cost of do-it-yourself interior painting is so low, it’s almost like remodeling without touching your bank account,” says Debbie ...


California First State to Adopt National Efficiency Standard for Light Bulbs

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—(MCT)—Californians will see the light—and a resulting energy cost savings—earlier than the rest of the United States.  The California Energy Commission says Golden State consumers will be the first in the nation to save money under a federal law improving the energy-efficiency standard of light bulbs. ...


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

RISMEDIA, January 5, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: find the resources you need to succeed at the REALTOR.org Store; celebrate the New Year with savings from REALTOR Benefits® Program partner Lenovo; and REALTORS® reflect on 2010 and are ready for 2011. ...


Simple Tips to Make the Most of Social Networking in the New Year

RISMEDIA, January 5, 2011—For the first time ever, U.S. Web surfers visited the Facebook social networking site more often than any other site in 2010, beating out Google, now in the number two spot, according to a report from Hitwise, an Internet analytics firm. ...


Powerful Webinar Provides Real Estate Professionals with Tips to Learn How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

RISMEDIA, January 5, 2011—Are you curious about e-signatures and how they can help you streamline your real estate business? If you’re ready to see how e-signatures can empower your company to complete transactions quickly and securely online, join us for a powerful new webinar, “Work Smarter, Not Harder ...


Great Lakes Region Leads Nation in Outbound Traffic; Growth Slows in Western States, According to 2010 United Van Lines Migration Study

RISMEDIA, January 5, 2011—Outbound traffic from the Great Lakes region continued to lead the nation in 2010 with four states capturing high-outbound rankings. Western states that had traditionally experienced high-inbound traffic, most notably Nevada, saw their traffic level off. The ...


Bringing a New Approach to the American Dream – How Radian Stands Up for Homeownership

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—If you’ve been in the real estate industry for a long time, probably the last place you’d expect to see Brien McMahon is standing amidst a sea of pink flamingos. But McMahon is making a statement here. ...


7 Ways to Generate Leads and Make Money Using Facebook

RISMEDIA, January 31, 2011—A few years ago it was enough just to be on Facebook. That alone might have made you stand out. Nowadays, however, everyone—from your fiercest competition to your dear old Aunt Susie—is on the social networking giant, so it’s imperative that you maximize your presence. Here are ...


New Survey Helps Marketers Find Their Place on Social Media Usage Scale

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—The team at Ardynn Publishing has released a new survey entitled "How Social Is Your PR?” The purpose of the survey is to help marketers see where they fall on the social media usage scale. As we kick off the New Year, the team at Ardynn Publishing ...


Paint Offers Inexpensive Way for Homeowners to Freshen and Update Their Homes

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—Individual style, mixed with budget-conscious decorating will drive 2011 paint color trends, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. ...