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Weekly Video Tip: Monopods

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. One of the basics of shooting a good video is to always use a tripod. You’ll be rewarded with steadier shots, smoother pans, and a more enjoyable experience. ...


5 Reasons Why Now is a Good Time to Invest in the Housing Market

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—(CBS MoneyWatch)—Foreclosures spiked in August 2010, with banks seizing 95,364 homes, according to RealtyTrac, a housing research firm. They were up 25% from August 2009 and at their highest level since the company started tracking this data ...


Hundreds Gather for Dalton’s Regional Social Media Summit in Florida, Event Kicks-Off New Book Promo

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—Hundreds of industry professionals enthusiastically participated last week in a regional “Social Media Summit,” presented by Allan Dalton, chief marketing officer of RISMedia and president of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network® and hosted by Prudential Florida Realty, a charter member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information ...


Decor Tips for Huge Rooms

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—(MCT)—Vast rooms with soaring ceilings, extra-tall doors and towering windows are designed to look grand. But how do you make such vast spaces feel warm and inviting—without minimizing their grandeur? ...


5 Powerful Tips to Successfully Train Your Agents

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—Real estate professionals across the board understand the importance of training—whether we are experiencing a difficult market like today’s or one in which everything is moving along smoothly. John Boe, nationally recognized sales trainer and business motivational ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Tradeshow Season

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—September is upon us, and here at Mobile Real Estate ID, that means tradeshow season. Now through the end of the year is when a number of state associations, franchises and the National Association of Realtors host their annual conventions and expos. Last year, the NAR ...


Transitioning Your Business to the Mobile Marketing Environment

As the real estate industry continues its transition into mobile marketing, real estate professionals across the country are jumping on board to get their company up-to-speed in the mobile arena. John Packes, director of Product Development and John Lim, CEO of Mobile Card Cast—a full-service mobile marketing and technology firm, ...


LinkedIn – A Valuable Asset for Real Estate Professionals

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—LinkedIn is the place where you probably have a profile but never touch it because you aren’t looking for a job. LinkedIn creates referral opportunities but it is up to the real estate professional to provide the validation and expertise that gains referrals. ...


Rei L. Mesa Featured in U.S. News and World Report: How to Find a Second Home Bargain

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—In much of Florida, homes have become dramatically more affordable since 2005, attracting new buyers who couldn't have made a purchase "in the peak years," says Rei Mesa, president and CEO of Prudential Florida Realty. In Nevada, buyers are snatching up $200,000 properties that just a few ...


NAR Hails Bill to Hasten Lender Response to Short Sale Requests

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—Homeowners who are underwater with their mortgage may find that relief is on the way from a bill strongly supported by the National Association of Realtors that would impose a deadline on lenders to respond to short sale requests. ...


A Changing Landscape – Crucial Factors to Keep in Mind before You Decide to Refinance

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—The lowest mortgage interest rates in decades have sent thousands of homeowners eager to refinance their home loans scurrying into lenders' offices. Many leave empty-handed and upset. A multipronged whammy of lower home values, new appraisal guidelines ...


Recruiting the Right Agents via Social Media

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—As real estate professionals continue to integrate social media into their daily business practices, recruiting real estate agents through social networks is quickly becoming the next best practice to get qualified agents into offices. Here, Adam Lerman, national director of recruiting for Century 21 Real Estate, LLC ...


Spending Smart: Plan Ahead for Home Appliance Life Spans

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—Home appliances break and wear out, and many consumers are often surprised, almost as if they expect these machines to last forever. But appliances have life spans. A trash compactor lasts just six years, on average, compared with a gas boiler, which typically lasts 20 years, according ...


Tips to Turn Your Second Home into a Source of Income

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—After a hot summer, it's a relief to step outside to find that autumn breezes have finally arrived. As a second homeowner, you can hardly wait to bask in those calm winds at your beach cottage or ...


Lowe’s, REbuildUSA Launch Program to Support FHA Streamlined 203(k) Loan

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—In today’s housing market, many homes for sale are in need of repairs and renovations. The FHA Streamlined 203(k) program helps add money into a mortgage for repairs and renovations. Lowe’s and REbuildUSA are partnering to bring ...