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Preparing for the Economic Turnaround: RE/MAX Chairman Tells His Brokers What to Focus on to Succeed

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—As the housing market continues its sluggish recovery, brokers should still focus on the basics of recruiting and retaining—but also must take back training and be prepared to work within the distressed property market if they want ...


Strategies for Success: Brokers, Where Are All of Your Internet Leads Going?

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—With the array of products, technologies and systems out there, are you getting maximum benefit from your Internet marketing and personnel investment? Today, many brokerages invest not only in their own Web blog or social media sites, ...


Nearly Half of the Homes on the Market in July 2010 Had Prices Cut, According to ZipRealty

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—The number of price-reduced homes on the market increased 5.3% in July 2010 as compared to June, according to a monthly review of MLS-listed properties within 26 of the country's largest housing markets conducted by the national online real estate brokerage ZipRealty. ...


The Google Pot of Gold That No One Is Claiming

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—When it comes to finding a niche to get in front of real estate buyers and sellers, there are very few to choose from. As we know, most real estate agents currently run print ads in local publications, input listings in their local MLS and try to ...


Really, What Is a Credit Score?

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—If you ask your neighbor, your friends or your banker what a credit score is, you’re likely to get all kinds of answers. Which one is right? ...


Homeownership and Stable Communities Go Hand-in-Hand

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—Homeowners who are more active in their communities benefit from improved education opportunities and report higher levels of self-esteem and happiness when compared to renters, according to leading research. A new report from the National Association of ...


Tenants of Foreclosed Homes often Unsure of Options

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—(MCT)—Erin Kennedy-Florez was 10 months into a one-year lease on a home in Richmond, Calif., when she found a notice on her door saying the home was being foreclosed. ...


Beware of Foundation Problems When Getting Your Home Ready for the Market

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—Selling a house isn't easy these days. There are a huge number of homes on the market, and buyers are easily scared off if they encounter problems that may negatively impact resale value. Among the many issues that need to be addressed in order to make a ...


Staying Relevant in Today’s Market through Lifestyle Branding

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—As consumer’s expectations continue to shift, it is crucial that real estate agents take the time to understand these changing needs. One of the ways that successful real estate agents are staying ahead of the curve today is by branding the lifestyles they are selling. Here, Sherry ...


Sustainable Staging – 8 Tips to Make Your Listing Stand Out

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—With demand rising for green home features, it’s no surprise that home stagers are starting to style sustainably to help prospective buyers see green when they’re shopping for property. ...


Broad Stabilization in Second Quarter Metro Area Home Prices with Strong Sales

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—The real estate trend in firming home prices solidified in the second quarter with more metropolitan areas showing increases from a year ago, aided by a surge in home sales driven by the home buyer tax credit, ...


Builders Shrink Homes to Fit Buyers’ Newly Modest Tastes

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—(MCT)—When the air sputtered out of the housing bubble, new home builders struggling to survive went with smaller homes that could appeal to a broader base of buyers. It's a strategy that has worked for builders such ...


Do Brokerages Resist Change?

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—I recently had a fascinating conversation with another industry professional who made me laugh even though the topic was very sad. This person made an analogy to dinosaurs and the Ice Age that rang true as it relates to what is happening in the real estate brokerage ...


Obama Administration Announces Additional Support for Targeted Foreclosure-Prevention Programs to Help Homeowners Struggling with Unemployment

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—The Obama Administration recently announced additional support to help homeowners struggling with unemployment through two targeted foreclosure-prevention programs. ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 4% in July 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for July 2010, which shows that foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 325,229 properties in July, a nearly 4% increase from the previous month but a nearly 10% decrease ...


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