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Real Estate Trends Archive


Properly Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Mergers and acquisitions was a hot topic for broker members of RISMedia's Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) during an exclusive members-only panel at RISMedia's 2011 Achieve! Conference last month. Held in Rye, N.Y. on May 24 and ...


Existing-Home Sales Decline in May with Market Constraints, Temporary Conditions

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Existing-home sales were down in May as temporary factors and financing problems weighed on the market, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell 3.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.81 ...


Tune Out the Noise – Make It Happen

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011— You would think the world was going to end. I know things are tough but the headlines are making me crazy: ...


All Sotheby’s International Realty Listings Worldwide Now Available via SIR Mobile

RISMEDIA, June 23, 2011—Sotheby’s™ International Realty Affiliates LLC recently announced its network’s™ property listings outside the United States now are available via SIR Mobile, the brand’s dedicated mobile application. ...


Biggest Generations Will Redefine Cities and Suburbs

RISMedia, June 22, 2011— The largest generations in the nation’s history, Baby Boomers and their children, will be hugely influential in redefining living and working environments for decades to come. ...


Housing Starts Gain 3.5 Percent in May

RISMedia, June 22, 2011— Nationwide housing starts rose 3.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 560,000 units in May, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. The gain partially offsets a larger decline that was registered in April. ...


HUD, VA to Provide Permanent Housing and Case Management to Homeless Veterans

RISMedia, June 22,2011— 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 $5.4 million to public housing authorities in 18 states to supply permanent housing and case management for 676 homeless Veterans in America. This ...


Foreclosure Clean-Out Generates Additional Income

RISMEDIA, June 21, 2011—As a national columnist, I am often about other income opportunities in the real estate field. Foreclosure clean-out is another revenue stream for real estate professionals. Renee in Arizona asked me about this opportunity. ...


NAHREP Report: Latinos, First-Time Homebuyers Are the Key to the Housing Recovery

RISMedia, June 21, 2011—The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has published a report “The State of Hispanic Homeownership” that offers an overview of compelling data on the Hispanic home buyer market and why it is poised—due to its population size, high desire and buying clout—to drive first-time ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Mobile Stats Stack Well for Westchester Broker

I recently had the chance to sit down with the great folks over at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Westchester, New York, to discuss their current mobile strategy, changes they want to make for the present and where they want to go in the near future. Matt ...


Regional Spotlight: How to Avoid Contractor Blues in PA

A large, homemade sign stood outside Andy Warzynak's Harborcreek Township house for more than a year. ...


HUD Issues 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress

According to its latest national homeless assessment, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports the number of homeless persons in the U.S. held steady between 2009 and 2010, despite the economic downturn. For the first time, HUD’s annual report reveals how the Recovery Act’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid ...


E-Verify a Step Forward in Solving Immigrant Worker Problems

As Congress looks into mandating E-Verify, a voluntary Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently urged lawmakers to ensure it is a fair, efficient and workable system and noted that this should ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are You Ready to Shift to a Prosperity Mindset? Part One

How do you acquire a Prosperity Mindset? Most people think it's by having a lot of money. ...


Voters Strongly Support Politicians Who Embrace Pro-Housing Policies, Mortgage Deduction

RISMedia, June 18, 2011—Nearly three out of four American voters believe that it is reasonable and appropriate for the federal government to provide tax incentives to promote homeownership—a sentiment that cuts across partisan and regional lines across the country, according ...


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