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Curb Appeal: Little Changes Make a Big Difference

RISMEDIA, November 29, 2010—(MCT)—We recently consulted on a formerly white Cape Cod-style home in the Kansas City, Mo., suburb of Westwood that had just been painted in a pale gray. The owners have already ordered replacement windows. They wanted to ...


Regional Spotlight: Re-Sales Home Prices Up 4 Percent, Reports Triangle MLS

RISMEDIA, November 29, 2010—The Triangle Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (TMLS) announced that the average sales price for a home re-sale in October 2010 for Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties was $230,500, an increase of 4% over the same period 12 months earlier. While the current sales figures are down, ...


Broker-Focused Collaboration: A Driver for Growth

RISMEDIA, November 29, 2010—Since joining ERA Real Estate in 2009, President and CEO Charlie Young has been focused on growing the brand and differentiating the company from its competition by offering systems, tools and services to help its brokers and agents find success. ...


November Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Signs of Stabilization in House Prices and High Home Affordability

RISMEDIA, November 24, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the November 2010 edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard). The latest housing figures show continued signs ...


Garage Fire Safety – Common Sense Minimizes Risk

RISMEDIA, November 24, 2010—For many homeowners, a shiny new car is as integral a part of the home as the roof and the door—and it’s often right next to both. That’s because many people go to great lengths to protect ...


RE/MAX National Housing Report: Prices Stable, Sales Follow Seasonal Trend

RISMEDIA, November 24, 2010—Impacted by normal seasonal drops in sales, an unpredictable foreclosure moratorium and an expired Tax Credit, residential home sales were lower again in October 2010. A monthly survey of 54 metropolitan areas indicates that sales were 9.8% below those in September and 30.2% below sales in October ...


Why FHA Doesn’t Work for All Low Downpayment Buyers

RISMEDIA, November 24, 2010—During my years at PHH Mortgage and Realogy, I had the privilege to help build some of the most trusted brands in real estate, including Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA, Better Homes and Gardens, and Sotheby’s International Realty. My goal was always simple—to align national franchises with ...


Mobile Myths: Misconceptions about Evolving Mobile Technology

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—Within the next few years, more than 50% of searches will take place on a mobile device. There is enough talk out there about mobile technology to make your head spin. Smarter Agent has been working in ...


Company Spotlight: HSA Home Warranty’s Offerings Power Top Century 21 Brokerage’s Property Management Division

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—When Northern Virginia-based Century 21 New Millennium—ranked number one in the Century 21 System—went looking for a new home warranty partner this summer, it found everything and more with HSA Home Warranty. ...


New Roofing Options Allow Homeowners to Cut Energy Bills

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—(MCT)—When Scott Harris and Sarah Jack did a major renovation of their 1925 Teaneck, N.J., colonial in the summer of 2009, they kept the environment in mind—for example, choosing kitchen counters made of cement and recycled glass. ...


What Facebook Messages Mean for E-mail Marketers

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—(eM+C)—Facebook recently unveiled a messaging service called Messages, which combines traditional e-mail, instant messaging and cell phone text messages into one system, routing messages to whichever service is best for each individual. Facebook Messages is also designed to draw more of users’ time to the social networking ...


5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—It’s one thing when someone says “Things are looking up,” but quite another when the numbers actually bear that out. Happily, the latter is the case, evidenced by the latest statistics that show that home prices may ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Calcagni Associates Real Estate – Homegrown Solutions and a Nurturing Culture Fuel Success

Maria Patterson: Please tell us about the company’s history in the New Haven County, Connecticut, marketplace. ...


Delinquency Rate for Mortgages Decrease

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—(MCT)—A larger share of homes entered the foreclosure process in the third quarter, though the delinquency rate for mortgages dropped, the Mortgage Bankers Association recently reported. ...


Housing Remains Highly Affordable for Seventh Consecutive Quarter

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—Housing affordability remained near its highest level nationwide for the seventh consecutive quarter as interest rates dipped below 5% for the first time since the series was first compiled nearly two decades ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


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