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RISMedia CEO Remembers 9/11

Another beautiful September day and just about everything was ready for our 2001 Real Estate Leadership Conference to be held that week in New York City. With more than 1,250 attendees from all over the United States expected to attend, along ...


Boomers Hunt for Smaller Houses

Regional Spotlight—(MCT)—When it comes to housing, baby boomers are different from many people in two important ways: they have more equity in their homes, and many are preparing to move. ...


Is There a Recruiting ‘Magic Pill?’

As a culture, we are infatuated with “magic pill” cures that can solve many of life’s problems. Weight loss, chronic pain, get-rich-quick businesses, fantastic abs and, yes, even the “recruiting pill.” Brokers today are growing in many ways and, those who are not, may simply be looking for the “magic ...


Lack of Equity Can Derail Mortgage Refinancing

(MCT)—With mortgage interest rates hovering around 50-year lows, refinancing is an appealing prospect for many homeowners. I think this is especially true considering the stock market’s August gyrations. Taking nervous energy and using it to focus on sure-thing money moves such as lowering payments or paying debt faster makes sense. ...


National Mortgage Complaint Center Urges Congress To Restore The Home Buyers Tax Credit

The National Mortgage Complaint Center is urging US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to introduce immediate legislation that restores the Federal Tax Incentive Plan for home buyers. However, the group says, "the Federal Tax Incentive Home Purchase Program should not be limited to first time home buyers only. We ...


One Trend That Will Separate Real Estate Winners and Losers

Last month, Steve Murray, president of Real Trends Inc., and Ian Morris, CEO of Market Leader, released a book focused specifically on what the real estate industry will look like over the next five years. The book, Game Plan, takes ...


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

This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: a free safety webinar on social media and cyber safety, smart back-to-school savings with REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, OfficeMax®, and REALTORS® to host housing summit. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


Real Estate Agents Gain 8.5 Percent Increase in Income

A Chicago Agent magazine survey found that agents’ average income increased 8.5 percent. The average income in 2009 was $64k, and in 2010, this survey shows the average income was $70k. ...


Don’t Let Focusing on Lead Generation Torpedo Your Branding, Part 1

(EMC)—Although Admiral David Farragut had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, he's best known for a single order he gave at the Battle of Mobile Bay on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Farragut ordered his ships to attack the port, but when one ship sunk after striking ...


Fewer Homeowners Opting to Refinance

The number of consumers across the country who filed applications for new home loans recently fell considerably, as fewer borrowers sought to refinance their existing mortgages. Informa Research Services, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), suggests that consumers review ...


HUD Announces $25 Million in Available Grants for New Multifamily Energy Efficiency Pilot

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that $25 million is available through HUD’s new Multifamily Energy Efficiency Pilot program. Once awarded, these grants will help develop new innovative approaches for multifamily residential properties to reduce their energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, while saving money for ...


Independents’ Profits Soar 66 Percent on Purchase Mortgages

Independent mortgage banks and subsidiaries made an average profit of $575 on each loan they originated in the second quarter of 2011, up from $346 per loan in the first quarter of 2011, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Second Quarter 2011 Mortgage Bankers Performance Report released recently. ...


Keep Your Agents—and Yourself—Safe This September and All Year

Your newest agent stops by your office on her way out the door. She’s excited because she just got a phone call from a potential seller and plans to meet him tonight to tour his single-family home. “He said he’d ...


Marketing Strategies: Are You Sabotaging Your Own Success?

Have you ever felt like you had reached a plateau and could go no higher? If so, you're not alone; many people sabotage their own success. In my work as a real estate business coach for the past 15+ years, ...


From Shopping Carts to Shopping QR’ts

Recently, my father told me that he was looking to get a new “cell phone” and said he “doesn’t need to have the Internet on his phone,” to which I responded, “You don’t need it, but why wouldn’t you want to have it?” ...


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