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U.S. Quarter-Over-Quarter Home Price Gains Reach 7.9%, According to Clear Capital

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—Clear Capital, a premium provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment released its Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report. Patent pending rolling quarter technology significantly reduces the multi-month lag time associated with other indices to help investors, loan servicers and ...


Do You Understand Why ‘Green’ Is Important?

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—“Green building.” What began as a buzzword a few years ago has transformed today’s real estate industry. This month, we talk with Al Medina, director of NAR’s Green Designation, a groundbreaking educational program that provides vital training, support and information to professionals who are looking to advance ...


4 Effective Ways to Get More Home Sales from the Internet

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—Are you looking for new ways to use the Internet to get more listings and homes sales? Here are four free and low-cost Internet marketing tips to help you genrate more leads and closed transactions from the ...


For Your Clients: Tips to Keep Your Central Air Running Well

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—As the summer sun continues to heat up the country, homeowners are taking full advantage of their central air conditioner units. Charles Furlough, vice president, Pillar To Post Home Inspections offers the following tips to keep your ...


6 Reasons to Buy a Vacation Home Now

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—As the real estate market continues its bumpy road toward recovery, the vacation home market is heating up, causing homeowners around the country to seriously consider buying the vacation home they’ve been eyeing. ...


Four Social Media Strategies that Work

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—If we know one thing about today’s consumer, it’s that they are communicating online. According to the 2009 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, more than one-third of home buyers looked online for properties as their first step in the home-buying process last year. ...


The MLS of the Future: The Final Chapter – Taking Action

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—Many readers have followed this article series from the beginning, and some have already taken steps toward some of the ideas and concepts discussed. The series of 17 articles is based on the whitepaper I authored, “MLS 5.0, The Future of MLS.” ...


Success Strategies of a Mega Broker

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2010—Sometimes, we all need a breath of fresh air. So was the case at Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services when Jim Mallozzi arrived to take the helm in October 2009, just 10 short months ago. You ...


Important Questions to Ask during Seller Counseling Interviews

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—The key to success in selling real estate is being able to ask the right questions, not necessarily knowing the right answers. After all, you can always find the answers, but in order to truly differentiate yourself ...


FHA Launches Short Refinance Opportunity for Underwater Homeowners

RISMEDIA, August 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 recently provided details on the adjustment to its refinance program, ...


If We Knew Then What We Know Now

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2010—Last week brought to a close another year in my life. I can’t say that I celebrated, but I marked the occasion as I normally do with some reflection on the journey up to this point. ...


Looking Toward the Future – What’s Next for Housing Finance, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2010—(MCT)—With the overhaul of financial regulation in the bag, the Obama administration will focus next on housing finance with an eye to deciding the fate of mortgage finance titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. ...


Negative Equity Falls in Second Quarter 2010; National Home Values Update

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—Home values in the United States continued to decline in the second quarter of 2010, with the Zillow Home Value Index falling 3.2% year-over-year and 0.6% from the first quarter to $182,500. The national rate of decline decelerated from the first quarter, marking the second consecutive quarter ...


How Important Changes to Mortgage Underwriting May Affect Many Buyers

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—The real estate industry and especially the mortgage industry have been overwhelmed with changes, regulations and consolidations recently. In the last couple of months, many transactions nationally have experienced delayed closings or worse as a result of ...


The New Economic Realities of Today’s Real Estate Brokerage Firm

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—The last five years have been a roller coaster ride for real estate brokerage firms both nationwide and here in Florida. Today's broker must balance the consumer and associates needs while maintaining profitability. ...


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