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Housing Regulator Prepares Changes for Reverse Mortgages

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Housing Administration isn't talking publicly about it, but the agency may be getting ready to lessen the upfront costs of reverse mortgages for some borrowers. The agency also, however, may be reducing the amount seniors ...


Competitive Differentiation: What Really Works

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—While all real estate companies claim to be “different than the rest,” to consumers, most real estate companies seem about the same. What’s more, today’s consumer is wiser and more demanding than ever. Armed with market information ...


Web Strategy Results – Tips to Differentiate Yourself in Today’s Marketplace

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Web marketing continues to be a hot-button topic. There’s no doubt that given the attention being paid to this topic, this is the year to refocus, reinvent and retool your business. Those who do will no doubt ...


Monday Morning Mobile: From Concept to Practice

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—While we spend a lot of time on Monday mornings talking about technology and how it can be used to benefit real estate agents and agencies, rarely have we looked at how to take the concept and turn it into practice. This week, let’s look at some ...


Obama Administration Awards Additional $1 Billion to Stabilize Neighborhoods Hard-Hit by Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded an additional $1 billion in funding to all states along with a number of counties and local communities struggling to reverse the effects of the foreclosure crisis. The grants announced today represent a third round of funding through ...


Home Value Depreciation Stays Constant in July 2010

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Home value depreciation stayed constant in July 2010 with home values registering a 0.2% decline between June and July and a 3.2% decline over the past year, according to Zillow’s July Real Estate Market Reports. The rate of home value depreciation was -0.4% in December ...


9 Body Language Do’s and Don’ts to Help You Win in the Business World

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Today's business world is more competitive than ever. As the economy continues to struggle, competition for jobs, clients, sales—you name it—continues to be tight. If you're sure you've been saying all the right things, but you still can't get ahead, author Sharon Sayler suggests you consider what ...


Study: Green Buildings May Reap Benefits Including Less Absenteeism and Higher Productivity

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—(MCT)—Is where you work making you sick? A new study finds that employees who move from buildings with poor indoor environmental quality to more healthful "green" buildings may reap some benefits, including less absenteeism and higher productivity. ...


HUD Home Warranty RESPA Guidance Answers Questions and Raises Them

RISMEDIA, September 11, 2010—On June 25, 2010, HUD issued guidance on the appropriate circumstances under which brokers and agents can be compensated on a per-transaction basis for selling home warranties under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). NAR and ...


How to Create Visionary Skill-Building Events

RISMEDIA, September 11, 2010—Keeping real estate agents focused on a regular basis is one of the biggest challenges leaders face. It is crucial, especially in today’s market that company leaders continually share their vision for their organization as well as inspire everyone to bring the vision to reality. Here, Darryl ...


EcoVida Development Group Paves Way for Green Movement

RISMEDIA, September 11, 2010—Dane Jackman of Jackman Construction Inc. is planning to create a North Miami Beach home (EcoVida Smart Home) that will showcase the evolution of housing in South Florida, a “Smart House” that will help educate architects, home builders, students, home buyers, green advocates and real estate professionals ...


Waiting to Exhale: How to Be the Expert in Tough Times

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2010—With the bulk of the subprime mortgage resets behind us as of early 2009, it may seem that the only direction to move is straight up toward recovery. Projections through 2012, however, show two more waves of ...


Learning to Sell in a Down Economy: 5 Tips to Help You Succeed

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2010—Everyone is selling something, but in today's difficult economic climate, not everyone is buying. The ultimate challenge for today's salespeople is finding a way to get their piece of the pie when companies have cut sales training ...


Setting Clear Expectations Helps Create a Streamlined Short Sales Approach

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2010—Anyone that works in the real estate industry knows that a short sale transaction can take months to be approved and closed. While short sale approvals can be completed in a short timeframe, the reality is that short sales usually take three to four times as long ...


FHA Short Refinance Option Now Available

RISMEDIA, September 10, 2010—In an effort to help responsible homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their property, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today will begin providing an additional refinancing option for underwater ...


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