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Real Estate Trends Archive


Company Spotlight: In Need of a Little TLC

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—Despite the fact that many believe the real estate market’s already hit rock bottom, the number of foreclosures in the U.S. is still high. While the situation is tough for some, foreclosure properties still represent a unique opportunity for many first-time home buyers, move-up buyers looking for ...


Verizon’s Agent Rewards Program Provides Powerful Tool for Realtors to Demonstrate Value

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—Real estate agents who sell in markets that have Verizon’s FiOS (fiber optic service) for TV, Internet and phone have an extra advantage in this tough real estate market. With the common theme of ‘getting back to basics,’ it’s important to demonstrate value to your clients. The ...


Painting Key Features of Home Exterior Provides Affordable Remodeling Option

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—Painting the exterior of a home can be a time-consuming and expensive proposition. But if you are budget-minded—and who isn’t these days—don’t despair. “A little ingenuity can go a long way towards giving your home a beautiful ...


Monday Morning Mobile: GPS

RISMEDIA, August 30, 2010—It seems like these days you cannot have a conversation about mobile technology without the acronym GPS coming into play and with good reason. Today more than ever, acronyms like GPS and LBS (location-based search/service) really stand big business. Juniper research estimates that location-based local search and ...


The Missing Link in Lifestyle Search

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—A few weeks ago I came across an article where a broker was touted for going beyond the sale of a home and focusing on the lifestyle needs of their clients. I was hooked until I finished ...


Weekly Video Tip: Video Trends

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—Someone once said that measuring the results of advertising was like trying to nail jelly to the wall. In other words, very difficult and frustrating, if not impossible. But that was before the Internet. ...


Global Market Represents Golden Opportunity

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—In today’s global economy, more and more Realtors® are serving buyers from around the world. Last year, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), 23% of Realtors served international clients, and 12.5% experienced an increase in foreign clientele. ...


Housing Remains Highly Affordable for Sixth Consecutive Quarter

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—Bolstered by favorable interest rates and low house prices, housing affordability remained near its highest level nationwide for the sixth consecutive month since the series was first compiled nearly two decades ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


School Performance Can Increase Home Value and Buyer Interest

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—While millions of Americans throughout the nation prepare for traditional back to school activities, some families are searching for affordable housing based on local schools or desirable school districts. In some cases, proximity to quality schools is ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Condo Sales Rise in July 2010

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—Sales of existing condominiums in Florida rose 11% in July 2010, with a total of 5,557 condos sold statewide compared to 4,991 units sold in July 2009, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. ...


Obama Administration Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Progress in Housing Market, but Challenges Remain

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury has released the August edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard), a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing ...


Monday Morning Mobile: What NOT to Do

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—So often here at Monday Morning Mobile we have the opportunity to look at all the great things that are going on in the Mobile Technology world and marvel at them – and we should. There are a lot of companies and individuals utilizing today’s mobile technology ...


Mortgage Modifications Drop off in July but Improvements Seen in Backlog

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010— (MCT)—The Treasury Department reported Friday that far fewer delinquent mortgage borrowers received loan modifications through a federal government program in July than they did in June. ...


Clear Capital: Impact on Housing from BP Oil Spill Reaches beyond Gulf Coast

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—Clear Capital (www.clearcapital.com), a premium provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment, has released results from its Gulf Coast oil spill impact survey and analysis. Clear Capital is gathering and analyzing data along the Gulf Coast and nearby regions to ...


Regional Spotlight: Is Chicago Area Real Estate Market On Cusp of a Strong Recovery?

RISMEDIA, August 23, 2010—After a year of bouncing on the bottom, the Chicago housing market is on the verge of a sustained recovery. That's the opinion of Jim McClelland, the founder of Mack Industries, Inc. in Tinley Park, Illinois, a home redevelopment company specializing in bank-owned properties. Mack owns or ...


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