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Balancing Act: 10 Ideas for Hosting a Successful Open House while Keeping Your Client Happy

RISMEDIA, April 18, 2011—While some real estate markets are picking up as we head out of winter, it’s a reality that in many markets, home prices are going down. Prices in 20 major metropolitan areas decreased 1% in November from ...


For Your Clients: How to Complete Home Renovations on a Budget

RISMEDIA, April 18, 2011—As the interest in home renovations continues to grow, homeowners are constantly looking for ways to get the job done without depleting their bank account. With numerous steps and details involved in the process, it is easy for homeowners to become overwhelmed and spend more money than ...


Easy Ways to Take Advantage of Social Media Marketing

RISMEDIA, April 18, 2011—(eM+C)—In just a few short years, social media marketing has gone from a fun task experienced by a few to a daily part of hundreds of millions of peoples’ lives. For marketers, having a presence on the social Web and developing an audience of online brand advocates ...


Regional Spotlight: Home Sales Increase across New England in March 2011

RISMEDIA, April 18, 2011—Spring is in bloom this month as home sales increased an impressive 37.7% across New England with each state experiencing an upswing. Pricing also showed signs of stabilization with a slight overall decrease of -1.1% primarily driven by Rhode Island. ...


Scripting Success – 7 Tips to Stand Out from the Crowd

RISMEDIA, April 16, 2011—For years, real estate professionals have been trying to tailor their marketing strategies to an ever-evolving consumer. Some focus on using the latest technology or trends to stand out from the crowd, while others stick to more ...


Regulators, Banks Reach Deal to Correct Foreclosure Flaws

RISMEDIA, April 16, 2011—(MCT)—Federal banking regulators have reached agreements with the nation's biggest mortgage lenders to address longstanding complaints that the foreclosure process is unfair to delinquent borrowers trying to stay in their homes. ...


Do Online Ratings Matter?

RISMEDIA, April 16, 2011—Most real estate professionals can attest to the fact that client referrals are an important part of their business. In a day and age where consumers are relying on reviews from friends and family, positive views are even more important. Here, Sara Bonert, director of broker ...


For Your Clients: How to Manage Unexpected Home Expenses

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2011—(MCT)—Homes are more affordable these days, the selection is abundant, and interest rates are still fairly low. For some people, it could well be a great time to buy. ...


REALTORS Applaud Bill to Speed Lender Response to Short Sales

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2011—A new bill to improve the process for approving short sales may soon bring relief to distressed homeowners who are unable to keep their homes and hope to avoid foreclosure. The bill, recently introduced in the U.S. House and strongly supported by the National Association of REALTORS®, ...


4 Tips to Manage Your Leads and Improve Your Conversion Rate

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2011—With studies showing that buyers begin their search for a home well before they actually buy, you need to have a game plan in place to strategically position yourself to be top of mind when they are ready to buy. In conjunction with the positioning, you need ...


Persistence Is Key – Motivational Strategies Can Lead to Success

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2011—Starting each day with enthusiasm comes easily to most agents when the housing market is booming. But when times are tough, even the most experienced CRSs can struggle to maintain their drive. “It’s hard to get motivated when you’ve been hitting the wall, but those who get ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Solutions to Self-Sabotage

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—"I don't know why I'm sabotaging myself.” I hear this statement every day from clients and prospective clients. This sentiment is extremely common amongst both seasoned and new entrepreneurs. I hear many examples of self-sabotage in my ...


Scared of Your Shadow Inventory?

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—This big inventory of homes—90 days or more delinquent on their mortgage payments, currently in foreclosure or now REOs—at last count was 2.1 million. It’s enough to make you plop, plop, fizz, fizz, worrying everyone from the banks to the sellers and most of the rest of ...


Regional Spotlight: RE/MAX Seasonal Trend Report for Twin Cities

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—Numbers don’t lie, and if you look at the most recent monthly housing statistics for the Twin Cities metro, as released in the Monthly Indicators report for February 2011 distributed by the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®, you’ll see they look pretty dismal. ...


HUD to Offer Grants to Fix Housing-Related Health Hazards

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it is making grants available to help eliminate lead-based paint and other housing related health hazards from lower income homes. The funding will help protect young children as well as other vulnerable populations. ...