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Real Estate Trends Archive


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are You a Salesperson or a Service Person?

RISMEDIA, November 20, 2010—Have you ever considered this question: When you are doing your real estate business, do you feel more like a "salesperson" or more like a “service person?” ...


Compensation of Losses for Deepwater Oil Spill

RISMEDIA, November 20, 2010—When BP’s oil spill reached the shores of Alabama in early June 2010, Realtors’ losses were not deemed eligible for compensation. Thanks to the joint efforts of eight Realtors in the area who were appointed to advocate for agents and brokers, several weeks of campaigning showed that ...


Builders and Consumers Perceive Green Homes as Affordable to Live in but Expensive to Build

RISMEDIA, November 20, 2010—Green homes offer a wide variety of benefits from reducing carbon footprints to saving money on utility bills to even improving the health of children. However, a recent Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity survey conducted ...


Home Buyers Get Creative to Close Real Estate Deals

RISMEDIA, November 19, 2010—(MCT)—When Efrain Hernandez couldn't seal a deal before the first-time home buyer tax credit expired earlier this year, he lost faith that he would ever own a house in a market where investors and all-cash buyers are ...


Warren Buffet to Be Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

RISMEDIA, November 19, 2010—According to MarketWatch, investor Warren Buffett is among the winners of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Buffett runs Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which is the parent company of HomeServices of America. HomeServices is comprised of 22 real estate companies, including Huff Realty, a member of RISMedia’s Real ...


Innovation Contest to Change the Face of the Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, November 19, 2010—As innovation prizes continue to gain in popularity, the real estate industry has jumped on board to the tune of $25,000. MRIS, a leading real estate data company and one of the largest MLSs recently launched the $25,000 MRIS Real Estate Innovation Contest to find a next ...


5 Points for Effective Leadership in Today’s Changing Market

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Real estate professionals are playing a critical role in moving the housing market forward through these tough times. Consumers, investors, builders and lenders have turned to highly trained and skilled agents to represent their interests in transactions ...


5 Tips That Could Save Your Direct Mail Campaign

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Are you worried that your direct mail campaign is stalling? Even though changes may be in store, you are probably closer to success than you ever imagined possible. By following the five tips below, you can save your direct mail campaign from disaster, and subsequently use this ...


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Shares How They Have Thrived during the Economic Downturn

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—The last few years have been tough for many brokers across the United States. While some merely try to survive in this economy, many have found ways to thrive. Mergers and acquisitions have become quite common as a result of brokers trying to maintain profitability and grow ...


Live Real Estate Town Hall Meeting Attracts Market Experts to Discuss Real Estate Crisis/Solutions

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Southern Californians who feel trapped or simply lack confidence in today’s real estate market can get some relief from regional business and real estate experts who will gather on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 7-9 pm at the Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, in San Diego at ...


Housing Market Recovery Depends on Jobs and Access to Credit, Says NAR

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Although the recent trend of rising long-term borrowing rates may mean higher mortgages for consumers in the coming months, the greater obstacles to housing market recovery are job creation and availability of credit, according to a National ...


Tips On How Buyers Can Sift through Housing Inventory Effectively and Efficiently

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—Five years ago, a serious buyer who was pre-approved for a mortgage loan typically spent three to four weeks looking for a home and usually visited 15-20 homes. Now the search can take much longer with the ...


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

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a no cost field guide to real estate transfer taxes from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; an exclusive offer for REALTORS® on an advanced identity protection service from REALTOR Benefits® Partner, IdentitySecureSM; and NAR is extending ...


3 Tips for Running Effective Sales Meetings

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—While many things have changed in the real estate industry the past few years, one thing that seems to have remained constant is the Weekly Sales Meeting. For better or worse, sales meetings are still taking place at brokerages around the country. My guess is that there ...


FHA Issues Annual Financial Status Report to Congress

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released its annual report to Congress on the financial status of its Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund, FHA’s principal insurance account that includes all single-family and reverse mortgage activity. FHA’s study finds that since last year, the capital reserve ratio held steady, ...