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Is It Time to Redesign Your Site?

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—(eM+C)—Before you commit to redesigning your website, you should first understand why you’re doing it and if now is the right time. Budget, deadlines, resources, features, content, platform changes, brand perception and search engine optimization implications are ...


Experts Agree Prices Have Bottomed Out and Will Stay There

RISMEDIA, June 28, 2011—A significant majority of the 108 economists and experts participating in MacroMarkets’ June Price Home Expectations panel believe that the bottom for home prices arrived in the first quarter or will arrive sometime before year-end. ...


Are You a Bridge Builder?

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011—"Biography" is one of my favorite TV shows because it pays tribute to the accomplishments of well-known, successful men and women. I gain insight and inspiration from their stories of achievement and personal triumph over adversity. I ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Did You Catch That?

Imagine releasing millions of butterflies into the sky and using your iPhone to catch them. Sounds a bit farfetched right? Well that’s exactly what Mobile Art Lab did when they released their iPhone application, iButterfly, in Japan. This app uses augmented reality to display different butterflies based on where you ...


Builders Back Reauthorization of Flood Insurance Program

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011— The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently expressed support for a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to ensure that the federally-backed flood insurance program remains efficient and effective in protecting flood-prone ...


FHFA House Price Index Rises 0.8 Percent in April; First Monthly Increase Since May 2010

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011—U.S. house prices rose 0.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from March to April, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index. The previously reported 0.3 percent decrease in March was revised to a 0.4 percent decrease. ...


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, June 27, 2011— Mortgage applications decreased 5.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 17, 2011. ...


REALTORS Urge Regulators to Reconsider Narrow QRM Definition

RISMEDIA June 25, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® is urging regulators to go back to the drawing board on the proposed Qualified Residential Mortgage rule. At a recent news conference on Capitol Hill, the original sponsors of the QRM provision in the Dodd-Frank Act—Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) ...


Prices Perked up in April

RISMEDIA June 25, 2011—U.S. house prices rose slightly in April for the first month-to-month increase since last May, according to new numbers released today by the Federal Home Finance Agency, a branch of the Treasury Department. ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are You Ready to Shift to a Prosperity Mindset? Part 2

RISMEDIA, June 24, 2011—In part 1 of this article, we covered some common basic ideas about prosperity. Now we will address how you can change your mind-set to achieve greater prosperity. ...


Shadow Inventory Slowly Fades

RISMEDIA, June 24, 2011—The so-called “shadow inventory” of foreclosures—properties in the foreclosure pipeline but not yet listed on multiple listings services—slowly sank over the past year but still amount to five months’ worth of home sales. ...


Pinnacle Quest Consulting Announces Agreement to Acquire Dave Beson Seminars

RISMEDIA, June 24, 2011—Pinnacle Quest Consulting recently announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Dave Beson Seminars, including its popular LetterWriter series, one of the real estate industry’s most sought-after and popular nurture marketing tools. ...


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: ...


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