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The Long Song of Technology: Does Your Voice Make the Cut?

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2011—Leading economists agree that 122 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 46 dictate the growth and success of the US and Global economy. This group has become labeled as the “Economic Influencers.” Professionals in ...


Making the Most of Seller Contributions: Not Just for Closing Costs Anymore

When it comes to seller contributions, the real estate and mortgage industries are well overdue for a new way of thinking. That’s because the majority of agents (and buyers and loan officers, too) simply think the only use for seller contributions is to cover closing costs, and that means you’re ...


Freddie, Fannie Delinquencies Down a Full Point

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2011—The percentage of seriously delinquent mortgages—those that are 90 days past due or in foreclosure—held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have fallen more than a point in the last year. ...


Mortgage Marvel Rate Trends Shows Jump in 30-Year Fixed Rates

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2011—Mortgage Marvel Rate Trends™, a daily survey of over 950 lenders, shows 30-year, fixed rates bouncing up 0.15% to 4.78% after setting a new six-month low last week. ...


FHA Issues Condominium Policy Mortgage Letter

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2011—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently published updated condominium policy guidelines and instructions that clarify the approval and recertification process and policies for condo projects. FHA's mortgagee letter includes a Condominium Policy Guide and Implementation Schedule identifying timelines for lenders to comply with the guidelines. ...


Do QR codes work?

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—Over the past six months, QR Codes—those funny looking square bar codes—have become all the rage. They started popping up in retail stores, magazines and every real estate tradeshow in this hemisphere. Real estate agents were anxious to use them and vendors were anxious to incorporate them ...


Prices Rise for Second Consecutive Month

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2011—Hours after the National Association of REALTORS® announced an 8.2 percent jump in May prices, CoreLogic confirmed its May numbers show a second consecutive month-over-month increase. ...


Rand on Real Estate: The Professional Investor, Part IV

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica.com, host of “Rand on Real Estate” on 770 WABC, answers the question “How do professional investors play this market?” Buy at the right time, says Rand; buy in an area ...


6 Tips for Success at Real Estate Auctions

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—With foreclosures flooding the real estate market, many property buyers and investors are hitting the auction circuit looking to capitalize on the next great deal. For those that are new to the auction block, there are a ...


Avoiding Special Effects

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—Many camcorders come with a wide variety of special effects already built in. You can put in dissolves, wipes, and editing transitions of all kinds. You may be able to record in black and white, or other unique variations, along with adding graphics. It’s a collection of ...


Real Estate Technology is Shifting

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—We are seeing a significant shift occurring in real estate technology that will impact our industry dramatically in the years to come. Like most shifts, it didn’t happen all at once but if you look carefully you can see the seeds of this shift many years back. ...


Pending Home Sales Turn Around in May

RISMEDIA, July 5, 2011—Pending home sales rose strongly in May with all regions experiencing gains from a year ago, pointing to higher housing activity in the second half of the year, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


The NAR Power Broker Roundtable: The Lifeblood of Your Business: Attracting, Developing and Retaining Top Agents over the Long Haul

RISMEDIA, July 2, 2011—The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Charlie Oppler, NAR’s Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. ...


Xplode Real Estate Conference Features ‘The Website Shredder’

Every real estate professional wants a website with more traffic and more leads. The Website Shredder sessions at the Xplode Conference show the good and the bad about your website—live and on stage! ...


Five Tips to Make Sure Your Seller Doesn’t Switch Agents

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2011—In the current real estate market, with home sales slumping like an injured athlete, many sellers are pulling out all the stops to get their homes to sell. One of the most common tactics is to change ...


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