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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Predicts Moderate Economic Recovery to Continue

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2010—(MCT)—Shrugging off investors' fears of a double-dip recession and punishing deflation, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke predicted that a moderate U.S. economic expansion is likely to continue despite numerous threats to growth. ...


Bill Would Protect Credit Scores during Mortgage Modification

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2010—(MCT)—If you are lucky enough to get your lender to modify your mortgage, you shouldn't end up dogged by a miserable credit score. That's the essence of a bill introduced in Congress recently by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif. It would insulate people from taking a credit ...


Single-Family Housing Starts Virtually Unchanged in June 2010

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2010—Single-family housing starts were virtually unchanged from the previous month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 454,000 units in June 2010, according to newly-released figures by the U.S. Commerce Department. Meanwhile, a 21.5% decline on the ...


Take Advantage of Your Open House – How to Ask for the Appointment

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2010—Holding open houses is a valid type of prospecting in any market. The key to having a successful open house is to know how to secure a future appointment. After all, you work hard to get traffic ...


Grow Your Bottom Line with an Effective Plan to Recruit Experienced Agents

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2010—There is nothing more effective to increasing a broker’s bottom line than the recruiting of experienced, productive agents. When a broker successfully recruits 4 or 5 experienced agents, it can be the financial equivalent to recruiting 25 or more newbies. New agents require a significant investment by ...


Obama Administration Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Increase in Home Affordability, Neighborhood Stabilization

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the second edition of the Administration’s Housing Scorecard showing that, thanks in part to interest rates continuing at all-time lows, home affordability in the U.S. remains near the most ...


4 Important Tips to Keep in Mind when Seeking Senior Housing

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2010—People are living longer today. The century-long expansion in the world’s population that is 65 and older is the product of dramatic advances in medical science and health lifestyles. Currently, 13% of the U.S. population is 65 and older, up from 4% in 1900. As Baby Boomers ...


Smart Design Creates Energy-Efficient Home

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2010—(MCT)—The Lake County, Fla., home Paul Fallman shares with his wife and two daughters has 4,000 square feet of living space. Yet his electric bills have averaged just $180 a month so far this year, despite record-low ...


4 Actions to Improve Your Exposure on Facebook

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—Facebook provides an incredible opportunity for today’s real estate professionals. If you are looking for simple ways to improve your exposure on Facebook, Lindberg offers the following concepts from his new book The Advanced Facebook Manual for Real Estate. ...


Finding Real Estate Success – Selling to the Four Temperament Styles

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2010—Have you ever wondered why you seem to hit it off right away with some customers, while with others it's more like oil and water? That's because we respond intuitively to the natural chemistry, or lack thereof, between temperament styles. Our temperament style not only determines our ...


More Americans Looking for Apartments during First Half of 2010

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2010—More Americans are searching for apartments in 2010 than they have in previous years. Despite ongoing challenges facing the rental industry, Apartments.com and its sister website ApartmentHomeLiving.com marked the first half of the year with record growth. ...


Seniors Embrace Aging in Place

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—(MCT)—The new catch phrase among homeowners is "aging in place." Instead of selling their homes and moving into retirement villages or assisted-living quarters, a growing number of older Americans are modifying their homes to make them more ...


Weekly Video Tip: Social Media Control

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—Adding video to your social media recipe is like adding butter and salt to popcorn—it takes things to a whole new level. Countless companies are capitalizing on the new found benefits of using video to market themselves effectively on everything from Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and ...


Housing Market Holds Its Own: Life after the Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—The tax credit brought a lot of buyers out last fall and again this spring, which gave a real shot in the arm to real estate. While that heightened volume cannot be sustained, home sales and prices still remain higher than last year due to interest rates ...


U.S. Second Home Sales Increase – Lifestyle and Economical Benefits Attract Vacation Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—While some sectors of the economy struggle to regain solid footing, the vacation home market is enjoying healthy numbers. The National Association of Realtors' (NAR) 2010 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in the U.S. in 2009, shows vacation home sales rose ...


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