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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Celebrates Third Anniversary with Significant Growth, Momentum, Recognition

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011— Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate LLC is celebrating its third anniversary with a growing network of 6,858 agents across 198 offices in 22 states. Since launching the franchise in July 2008, the lifestyle real estate brand has continued to grow significantly and maintain exciting momentum ...


California REALTORS® Applaud New Law on Short Sales

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011—(MCT)—Under a new state law, any lender who agrees to a short sale—which by definition will yield insufficient funds to cover the outstanding loans on a property—must accept it as payment in full for all loan balances. ...


June Existing-Home Sales Slip on Contract Cancellations, but Prices Stabilize

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011— Existing-home sales eased in June as contract cancellations spiked unexpectedly, although prices were up slightly, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Condo Sales, Median Price Up in June 2011

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011—Florida’s existing condo sales rose 8 percent in June with a total of 7,922 units sold statewide compared to 7,330 sold in June 2010, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors®. The statewide existing condo median sales price last month was $94,100; a year ...


Prudential Network Realty Executives Travel to Hawaii for Prestigious Company Award

RISMEDIA, July 26, 2011— Prudential Network Realty, a member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), was recently honored as one of the Top 50 companies from within the Prudential Real Estate network at the Gibraltar Circle Conference in Maui, Hawaii. The Jacksonville real estate firm received the esteemed Gibraltar ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Special Delivery

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2011—Have you ever received something in the mail that you weren’t expecting? If you have, and it was not a bill but something that you actually wanted, then you know how nice it feels to get something you otherwise didn’t think you were going to receive. Using ...


RE/MAX, LLC names EquityLock Solutions an Approved Supplier of Home Price Protection™

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2011— RE/MAX recently named Denver-based EquityLock Solutions as an Approved Supplier of Home Price Protection, which helps minimize the risk of real estate price fluctuations within local markets. Through this program, RE/MAX agents in the U.S. would be able to offer their clients this exclusive protection program. ...


Deficit Compromise Opens the Door for Huge Cutbacks in Mortgage Deduction

RISMEDIA, July 25, 2011—The “Gang of Six” compromise on the federal deficit that has been endorsed by President Obama mandates the most significant reductions in the mortgage interest deduction in the 98 years it has been in effect. ...


Regional Spotlight: Favorable Prices Motivate Bay Area Homebuyers

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2011—Investors bearing cash and traditional home buyers confident about their jobs took advantage of some of the most favorable home prices in years during the second quarter of 2011, sparking double-digit increases in the number of homes sold compared with the prior quarter in all nine San ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: 5 Tips to Use Your Sphere of Influence to Double Your Income

I find that many of my clients avoid marketing when it comes to their sphere of influence. Yet statistics show that your sphere of influence can be the greatest source of referrals. Let’s look at how you can dig in ...


Public Misled by National Real Estate Indexes, William Raveis’ Data Paints Clearer Picture of Key Housing Trends

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2011—Home values have fallen dramatically since 2006. The New York Times recently referred to Case-Shiller’s national index, stating 20 large cities slumped for the 7th month in a row in February. The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard Review dwelled on the excess inventory on the ...


July 2011 U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2011—Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for July showing the housing market, buffeted by a recovering rental sector, is unlikely to experience a "double dip," and will likely follow the ...


MLSs Taking Control of Destiny – a Plea, an Observation, a Call to Arms

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2011—Some 15 years ago, I read the book Control Your Own Destiny or Someone Else Will, a showcase of Jack Welch’s leadership and turnaround of GE. Like him or not, the book is full of anecdotes, leadership ...


Regional Spotlight: Midwest REALTORS Now Able to Search by Percentage of Price Change

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2011—Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) announced recently that a number of new fields have been added to its connectMLS™ system to improve the ability of its real estate professionals to effectively search the largest active listing database in the country. Other upgrades to the system were also ...


Couple Documenting a House Flipping Business and Revealing the True Work Involved

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2011—"This business is a people business and I don't know many people who would want to meet with and sell their house to someone working in their pajamas," states Danny Johnson, a full-time house flipper in San ...


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