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Real Estate Trends Archive


HUD Awards Nearly $34 Million to Create Education Centers

RISMedia, May 31 2011— The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded 10 public housing authorities nearly $34 million in grants recently that will be used as seed money to create early childhood education and adult training facilities for public housing residents. ...


Regional Spotlight: Oklahoma becomes 30th State to Restrict Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMedia, May 31 2011—Governor Fallin took swift action to protect Oklahoma homeowners by signing HB 1594 to restrict Wall Street Home Resale Fees, also known as “private transfer fees.” The new law sponsored by Representatives Steve Martin, Marion Cooksey and Senator Brian Crain places a ban on these fees, a ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies – Does Your ‘People Pleaser’ Pattern Get in the Way?

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Do you find yourself avoiding certain types of clients? Do you find yourself unable to speak the truth to sellers when their properties are overpriced? If you’re like most real estate professionals, your “people pleaser” pattern ...


Opinion: California Supreme Court Decision Forces Homeowners to Seek Help from U.S Supreme Court

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Recently, the California Supreme Court denied a petition for review from a homeowner who is fighting to keep his property from being taken from him and his family through foreclosure. The Court chose not to review a 4th Appellate District Court decision that upheld the right ...


Housing Affordability Rises to Record Levels

RISMedia, May 28 2011—Nationwide housing affordability during the first quarter of 2011 rose to its highest level in the more than 20 years it has been measured, according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) data ...


The Unique Profile of the Global Buyer

RISMedia, May 27 2011—International buyers are driven to own property for investment purposes, or as a temporary residence while visiting the U.S. for business or pleasure. For the former example, think a European business executive with a co-op in Manhattan, ...


Is Your Team Failing Elegantly? 7 Leadership Mistakes That Wear Away at Your Company’s Will to Win

RISMedia, May 27 2011—No one wants to lose. That’s true whether you’re talking about the Super Bowl, a friendly basketball game with the neighbors, or a footrace between eight-year-olds. Yes, the desire to win is embedded in the human psyche. So why is it that in the business world the ...


Op-Ed: Impeding Availability of FHA Financing Would Be a Setback for Homebuyers

RISMedia, May 27 2011— At a time when qualified home buyers are experiencing difficulty in obtaining mortgages because of overly restrictive underwriting requirements, the federal government needs to ensure that a reliable and adequate flow of housing credit is available ...


Is the iPad Generating Listings and Sales for REALTORS?

RISMedia, May 26, 2011—This business is about connections and relationships. Before you can ratify a contract and go to closing, you have to connect. You have to engage. You have to collaborate. You have to deliver an experience, not just ...


The New Rules of YouTube Marketing

RISMedia, May 26, 2011—YouTube has changed dramatically over the last five years. Everyone in video marketing feels like they’re playing Calvinball, the game invented in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. As Calvin once said, “The only permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can’t play it the same way ...


QR Codes: The ‘Fanny Pack’ of Tomorrow?

RISMedia, May 26, 2011—Whenever a new trend hits any market I have to ask, “Will it simply become another fanny pack?” You know, have its heyday then fade away, only to be held onto dearly by a few mullet-wearing fans for way too long. I have spent the last eight ...


Revitalizing the Private Mortgage Market: ‘Skin in the Game’ and the Consequences for Future Homebuyers

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2011—By mid-May, the spring home-selling season is usually in full swing. Homes look their best, and buyers rush to lock in deals so they can relocate in the summer. But this year, things are not so good. ...


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

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: create your email newsletter with ease, put the power of the SentriLock SentriCard® to use for your customers, and NAR’s 2011 Member Profile shows commitment to profession. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


Is Your Website Starting to Look Like Your Closet?

RISMEDIA, June 7, 2011—It’s difficult to keep certain areas of our lives neat and uncluttered, and what might look fine to us can be confusing and appear busy to others. Over time, your website can collect too much unorganized and old information, along with indirect paths to the things that ...


Life in Mobile: All or Nothing

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2011—I recently had the chance to attend the Leading RE annual conference in Las Vegas and stay at the beautiful new Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. The conference was great and the hotel was absolutely amazing. Spending a whole week out in Vegas really puts into perspective the ...