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Help Regulators Take Proper Aim, Appraisal Institute Tells Congress

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2011—Testifying before a Congressional subcommittee, the Appraisal Institute’s president-elect recently told lawmakers their intent was “right on target,” and asked them to “guide the regulators’ aim” in implementing consumer-friendly real estate appraisal guidelines. ...


Dealing with Sales Rejections: Some Will, Some Won’t, So What!

I can think of no other profession that's as closely associated with the term rejection as a career in sales. You might say that rejection is as natural to a salesperson as trail dust is to ...


Builder Confidence Gains Two Points in July

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2011— Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose two points to 15 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for July. The gain largely offsets a three-point dip recorded in June, and marks the ninth time out of ...


Where Will Homeownership Rates Go from Here?

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2011— The drop in the homeownership rate from an all-time high of 69.2 percent in 2004 to 66.4 percent in the first quarter of 2011 reflects a decline from unsustainable levels to something closer to historical averages, ...


The Value of Buyer Representation Agreements and How They Can Help You Build Business

RISMEDIA, July 18, 2011—Today’s real estate market requires an agent that continues to deliver the traditional customer service that brought them success during the boom years, while implementing new technologies and marketing strategies to stand out from the crowd. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: From Shopping Carts to Shopping QR’ts

RISMEDIA, July 18, 2011—This morning 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?” ...


Can Foreclosures Boost Your Business?

RISMEDIA, July 18, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)'s recent report shows that a typical REALTOR® had eight transactions in 2010. It is no secret that every real estate professional can use more business. Can foreclosures help boost your business volume? ...


Social Media Is Changing Your Search Results

RISMEDIA, July 18, 2011—The rules of search results are constantly changing—a testament to a highly dynamic industry, where there seems to be never-ending volatility in how search results are determined. Ken Wisnefski, founder and CEO of WebiMax, a high ranking ...


HUD, VA to Provide Permanent Housing and Support to Thousands of Homeless Vets

RISMEDIA, July 18, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced recently that HUD will provide $46.2 million to public housing agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to supply permanent housing and case management for ...


‘I Can’t Make Wednesday’s Training. Can You Move It to Thursday?’

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2011—Want a nickel for every time you’ve heard something like that? You put yourself out to offer critical, informative, well-designed, and well-presented training to either keep your agents productive or licensed, and can get only half of them to show up at any one time. ...


Real Estate Marking Strategies: Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed?

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2011—If you’re like most real estate professionals that I coach, you have asked yourself this question, “Do I have what it takes to succeed?” either on a conscious level or a subconscious level. ...


Getting Real Estate Leads with Live Chat

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2011—Driving traffic to your website is key for generating homebuyer and seller leads, but one major component of most real estate websites is often overlooked. Companies spend thousands each year driving more and more traffic to their websites in order to generate leads and rarely take the ...


The Perils of ‘Show-and-Tell’ Sales Presentations

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2011—One of the most critical, yet overlooked principles in the selling process, is the power of self-discovery through customer involvement. Regrettably, many salespeople use a "show and tell" presentation style and babble on hoping they might say ...


A Closer Look at Home Pricing Forecasts, Local Markets Vary Widely

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2011—Economic consulting firm Clear Capital reported prices nationally have decreased by 3.2 percent in the first six months of 2011 and are forecast to drop another 2.4 percent in the second half of 2011. ...


Market Results to Build Your Brand

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2011—All too often we have a success and move quickly on to the next item on our agenda. It’s easy to forget these happy client comments, homes sold and other professional achievements, but they are some of ...


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