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ERA Japan Honored on Its 30th Anniversary as First International Member of the ERA Franchise Network

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—ERA Franchise Systems LLC recently honored ERA Japan, its first international master franchisee, on the occasion of the company’s 30th anniversary with the global real estate franchise network. In June 1981, ERA became the first real estate franchise network in the United States to expand internationally with ...


Five Real Estate Trends to Watch For: Real Estate Veteran Points out Key Growth Opportunities

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—If the housing market were human, it would look like it just wrestled a few alligators, after running an obstacle course through a snake pit. ...


The Value of Home Warranties: Protect Your Wallet

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—Even with home sales and prices continuing to fall nationwide, millions of Americans will still navigate the process of buying and selling homes this summer, and for many, the sheer volume of details and decisions can be overwhelming. With so much to consider when buying or selling ...


Case-Shiller: Slight Increase in April

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—S&P/Case-Shiller’s 10- and 20-city composites rose less than one percent in April over March, the first price increase the indices have measured in eight months. ...


Hybrid Housing Holds Appeal

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—(MCT)—Mary Myss never has to paint her Chaska, Minn., home, mow the lawn or shovel her driveway. That's because her walkout rambler is in Pioneer Point, a subdivision of single-family homes that are maintained by a homeowners' association. ...


Place Your Vote in the 2011 “Ugliest House” Contest

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2011—HomeVestors of America, Inc., known as the "We Buy Ugly Houses®" company, announced that national public voting is now under way in the "2011 Ugliest House of the Year®" contest in six regional markets across the USA. Have your voice heard and compare your opinion with others ...


Don’t Fall Short: Follow This Path to Successful Short Sales

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—Short sales aren’t what they used to be. Gone is the long and complex process that often confused and frustrated both buyers and sellers. Today, mortgage lenders—along with the federal government—have streamlined short sales to make them ...


This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMedia, June 29, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: get the pulse of the marketplace with the “2010 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers,” new mobile app for REALTORS® from REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Lowe’s, and NAR urges regulators to reconsider on the Qualified Residential ...


New HUD Study: $26 Billion in Major Repairs Needed in Public Housing

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released a study that finds the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units need an estimated $25.6 billion for large scale repairs. This study updates a 1998 analysis and includes costs to address overdue repairs, accessibility improvements for ...


NAHB Study Finds Loan Limit Declines a Discouraging Prospect for Recovering Housing Market

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—A drop in some mortgage loan limits for the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration scheduled to occur on Oct. 1 will reduce housing demand and place downward pressure on ...


Regional Spotlight: REALTORS Visit Beacon Hill to Push for Increased Licensing Requirements and the Defeat of Transfer Taxes

RISMEDIA, June 29, 2011—Approximately 55 members of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR) recently traveled to Boston to participate in the 26th annual "REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill" activities conducted by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) on June 8, 2011. ...


Rand on Real Estate: Opportunities for Real Estate Investors

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com recently appeared on Fox Business explaining why Phoenix, Dallas and Pittsburgh are great cities to invest in. ...


4 Green Education Conversation Starters

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—Do you know people with college-bound kids? If so, then you know that one obsession revolves around the higher education process. ACT scores, their kids' chance of getting into their first-choice school, and the grand college tour ...


Weekly Video Tip: Shooting Extra Video

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—When it comes to shooting video, being quick on the trigger can have its downside. We all know those so-called Kodak moments can appear in a split second, and there’s no substitute for having the camcorder ready to roll. But anticipating what’s about to happen can pay ...


Is It Time to Redesign Your Site?

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—(eM+C)—Before you commit to redesigning your website, you should first understand why you’re doing it and if now is the right time. Budget, deadlines, resources, features, content, platform changes, brand perception and search engine optimization implications are ...