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Real Estate Trends Archive


2011 Shapes Up as Positive Year for Global Real Estate Sector

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Adversity often creates opportunity in business and nowhere is this more evident today than in the commercial real estate sector, according to Rick Sinkuler, markets leader in Ernst & Young’s Global Real Estate practice. Speaking at national law firm Akerman Senterfitt’s National Real Estate Summit recently, Sinkuler ...


HUD Awards First Choice Neighborhood Grants

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that 17 communities will be the first recipients of Planning Grant funding through the Department’s new Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. These communities will share a total of $4 million in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants while six other communities ...


Strategies to Get the Second Click – Provide Compelling, Easy-to-Share Content

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—(eM+C)—Online retailing is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Marketers have access to information about every aspect of customer interaction: number of website visits, time spent on the site, e-mail open and click through rates, conversions and purchases. With today’s sophisticated analytics, marketers can fine-tune their messaging and offers to ...


Banks Spruce Up Foreclosures to Boost Sales

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—(MCT)—Bill Schramm and Bethany Siwicki scoured property listings for three months before agreeing to see a home in Round Lake Beach, even though its online pictures didn't look promising. ...


Housing Starts and Permits Stall in February 2011

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—Nationwide housing starts and issuance of permits for new housing construction both posted disappointing declines in February 2011 as concerns about a growing number of factors caused builders to pull back on production of new homes, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. Total ...


Vacant Dwellings Require Different Kind of Insurance Policy

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—(MCT)—More and more houses sit unoccupied these days, left behind by their owners in this still-tough economic climate. In 2010's fourth quarter, the Census Bureau reports 12.1% of all U.S. residences, or 18,394,000 homes, were vacant. Record foreclosures are a big reason: After repossessing houses at sheriff's ...


First-Time Home Buyers Prepare for Best Buyer’s Market in Recent History

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—While affordable housing prices, ample inventories, and historically low interest rates signal 'buyer's market' for investors or move-up buyers in many U.S. markets, inexperienced first-time buyers may not know if the time is right to make a ...


Homeowners Reuse Materials for Environmental and Aesthetic Reasons

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—(MCT)—Renovating? You could just rip up the old room and sweep everything into the trash bin. But a growing number of homeowners, architects and builders are trying to reuse or recycle construction materials whenever possible—for reasons both environmental and aesthetic. ...


Company Spotlight: Effortless Communication – Frogpond’s Housing Trends eNewsletter Keeps Agents Front of Mind

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—By now, most in the real estate community have realized that things may never be the same as they were during the boom and that the key these days is getting back to what works…and for many agents that means staying in front of their past, present ...


Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Plunge to 3-Month Low

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—Mortgage rates posted a sharp decline, with the benchmark conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to 4.91%, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. The average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.38 discount and origination points. ...


Education Pays When Working with Today’s Ever-Evolving Consumer

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—According to data from the 2010 NAR Member Profile, the median income of REALTORS® with at least one designation was nearly $22,000 more than the income of those with no designation. It makes sense then that today’s ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s New Marketing Campaign Explains How Trusted Agents and the Right Tools Lead to Smart Real Estate Decisions

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—As home buyers move into the spring buying season, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has launched a new marketing campaign emphasizing the importance of a skilled real estate agent who can help buyers and sellers through the ...


5 Ways to Connect with Your Sphere of Influence

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—Real estate professionals across the board know that keeping in touch with their sphere of influence is a great way to stay top of mind. Here are five ways for you to reach out to your past and present clients as the spring selling season begins. ...


Fed Holds Line on Bond Purchases, Even as Economy Stabilizes

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—(MCT)—Federal Reserve policymakers said recently that the economy appeared to be "on firmer footing" than at their last meeting in late January, but they nonetheless pledged to stick with their program of buying Treasury bonds to underpin the growth. ...


Going Green – Low-Cost Ways for Apartment Dwellers to Be Eco-Friendly

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—(MCT)—So you're a renter and you want to green your space, but your landlord won't splurge on solar panels. Don't fret. There are plenty of low-cost ways for apartment dwellers to be eco-friendly. ...