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REALTORS® Recognize Credit Union as Valuable Member Benefit

Since it opened in May 2009, the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union has created quite a buzz, becoming a benefit among National Association of REALTOR® members. The union offers a portfolio of services and products, and was recently rated the fastest ...


Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) Leaders Cautiously Optimistic about 2012

"Cautiously optimistic" might be the best description of the feelings of members of Midwest Real Estate Data's Board of Managers for the upcoming year in real estate. Most think we may have "hit bottom" in the difficult last few years and that 2012 will be a year of improvement and ...


Unexpected Jump in Home Sales Mark End of 2011 Says RE/MAX Report

According to the monthly RE/MAX housing report, December home sales did not follow the seasonal trend but rose an unexpected 5.7 percent from sales in November. Sales were also up 1.1 percent from December 2010, the 6th consecutive month to show a year-over-year sales increase. Largely due to a lower ...


Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Spotlights: Working with Buyers in Today’s Market

Do you know what’s on the minds of today’s homebuyers? In the following interview, RISMedia’s Lesley Geary catches up with Danielle Claroni of New England Land Company. Read on to learn about Claroni’s creative advertising methods and her key to success in real estate. ...


RISMedia to Showcase Celebrity Home Listings

Agents, have you ever listed or sold a home owned by a celebrity? If so, we want to know about it! RISMedia is excited to announce that in 2012 we will be significantly expanding our coverage of celebrity homes and ...


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“It's a Great Time to Buy” is a market sensitive brochure that you can provide to consumers to help them make informed decisions in this changing market. And now you can buy one pack of “It’s a Great Time to Buy” and get another pack of this valuable ...


Broker Best Practices: Staying Ahead with Mobile Marketing and Technology

Josh McGrath, a Broker in Real Estate Central Cross Lanes, W. Va, knows a thing or two about embracing technology and incorporating it into a successful marketing strategy. Read on to find out his top method, as will as how he stays ahead of the competition and motivates his agents. ...


2012 Is the Year of the Political Economy

Fiscal policy issues and political economic uncertainty will take center stage in determining the degree of consumer and business activity—key drivers of economic growth—during 2012, according to Fannie Mae’s (FNMA/OTC) Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group. The forthcoming presidential election, ...


Broker Spotlight: Succeeding in the Consumer Era

“A big portion of any business is not just understanding what your market is, but what the market will give you,” says Ed Dolinksy, President of Coldwell Banker Hunter Realty. Read the following interview between Dolinsky and RISMedia’s Maria Patterson to find out how to connect with consumers and build ...


Mortgage Rates Continue Trend of Record-Breaking Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®, showing mortgage rates easing to new all-time record lows for all products covered in the survey helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average for the 30-year fixed ...


Tools of the Trade: Develop and Grow Your 203(k) Business

For many prospective homeowners, securing a loan for a property in need of repair can be a difficult process. Those wanting to improve on the home and secure an affordable mortgage in one fell swoop should look no further than the Lowe’s/REbuildUSA™ 203(k) program, providing real estate professionals and homeowners ...


Numbers Vary by Region in Real Estate Auctions

Real estate auction activity continues to thrive. In today’s tumultuous economy, both residential and commercial properties are selling in droves via auction. ...


The Vote is In: Americans Place High Value on Homeownership

By an overwhelming margin, American voters strongly value homeownership and would oppose efforts to weaken or eliminate the mortgage interest deduction or diminish a federal role to help qualified home buyers obtain affordable 30-year mortgages, according to a new ...


There’s More to RESPA/TILA Harmonization than New Forms

The real estate industry continues to face many challenges in both the legislative and regulatory arena, including upcoming regulations for the Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) and Qualified Mortgage (QM), as well as legislative efforts that may include altering the mortgage interest deduction, the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) and other important ...


Foreclosures Decrease 34 Percent in 2011

Total U.S. foreclosure activity and the U.S. foreclosure rate in 2011 were both at their lowest annual level since 2007, according to RealtyTrac®, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties. The company recently released its Year-End 2011 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, ...


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