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NAR Buyer and Seller Survey Shows Value of Long-Term Home Ownership

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—Home buyers today have affirmed a long-term view of home ownership, the typical seller is experiencing positive returns and the vast majority of home owners see their property as a good investment, according to the latest consumer ...


Weekly Video Tip: Using Green Screen Technology

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—Have you ever wondered how the meteorologist on the five o’clock news interacts so effortlessly with the animated weather map? And have you ever asked yourself how Elliot and E.T. gracefully flew through the starlit sky via bicycle in 1982? The answer is green screen or chroma ...


Pending Home Sales Fall 1.8 Percent in September 2010

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—(MCT)—A gauge of pending sales of homes fell 1.8% in September, signaling an "uneven recovery entering 2011," the National Association of Realtors reported. The association's pending-home-sales index fell to 80.9 from a slightly upwardly revised 82.4 in August. Pending sales reflect contracts signed between home buyers and ...


Foreclosure Limbo Grinds Down Potential Buyers

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—(MCT)—Josh and Tayla Thomforde thought they had a deal to buy a three-bedroom house with a fenced-in backyard and room for their family to grow. But the nation's latest foreclosure quagmire scuttled their plans. ...


Interest Rates Dip to Lowest Levels in Decades, But Senior Housing/Healthcare Borrowers Wonder Where the Money Is

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—With credit tight and the economy flat, news that interest rates have sunk to the lowest level in decades is being greeted with a shrug in many quarters. Some say the Feds effort to stimulate the economy by making money less expensive isn’t working, because rates at ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Coach Realtors – A Legacy of Success

Maria Patterson: Please tell us about the company’s history. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Prepare Your Brand to Be Found

RISMEDIA, November 8, 2010—The fact that consumers are going mobile is no secret; especially to those of you who join us here on a weekly basis. In a year (2009) when all other forms of media consumption as well as media spending decreased, it came as no surprise to me ...


3 Ways Businesses Can Maximize Success with Social Media

RISMEDIA, November 8, 2010—The explosion of the Web and social media is the fastest change in human history. No longer are people passively listening and viewing advertisements; now they are “tweeting” and posting their opinions on Facebook and other social media sites. For small businesses, social media’s ever-emerging presence is ...


HUD and NAR Unveil Three How-To Videos to Help Consumers Navigate the Home Buying Process

RISMEDIA, November 8, 2010—Especially in today’s housing market, the prospect of buying a home can seem overwhelming for many Americans who may not be aware of how to begin the process of shopping for a home or even a mortgage. ...


Real Estate Professionals to Share Opinions in November’s Real Estate Confidence Index

RISMEDIA, November 8, 2010—Point2 opened its November 2010 Real Estate Confidence Index poll for participation by licensed brokers and agents in North America.  Thousands of real estate professionals each month are polled to answer five quick questions about their outlook on market conditions in their area. Responses are then tabulated ...


How Decrease in Nationwide Mobility Is Affecting Underwater Homeowners

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—(MCT)—Melinda Thompson can't afford to live in North Jersey. And she can't afford to leave. Her property taxes have risen from about $7,000 to about $12,000 in just seven years. She struggles with her mortgage payments, even ...


Meeting the Demands of Consumers’ Home-Search Needs

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—Consumers have been searching for homes based on lifestyle for many years. But with the growing trend of prospective buyers looking to the Internet to begin their home search, it is crucial that we get back to the basics when considering lifestyle search and how it best ...


9 Tips for Attracting Off-Season Guests to Your Vacation Home

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—It's almost time to start thinking about building fires in the fireplace, bundling up in your warmest sweater, sipping hot cocoa while you watch the snow, and start fretting over that unrented vacation home. While T.S. Eliot may think that April is the cruelest month, for many ...


Faithful Mortgage Payments and Their Effect on the Economy

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—(MCT)—For almost two years, home foreclosures have swept the nation, spreading misery among once-buoyant families, spattering lenders with red ink and undermining efforts to restart the economy. But a bigger problem may turn out to be the ...


Getting Your E-mail Marketing Campaigns in the Google Priority Box

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—Google recently introduced Gmail Priority Inbox, which is great in theory, but is based on algorithms having to do with replies as opposed to abstract decision making. Essentially, it splits a user’s inbox into three sections: important and unread; starred; and everything else. Gmail’s servers prioritize based ...