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ERA Real Estate Welcomes Latter & Blum Residential Real Estate Companies as its First ‘ERA Powered’ Affiliate

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—ERA Real Estate, a leading global real estate brand, announced the affiliation of Latter & Blum Residential Real Estate Companies in New Orleans, LA. With this announcement, the renowned Gulf South firm, consisting of Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS®, C.J. Brown REALTORS®, and Noles-Frye Realty, becomes the first ...


Home Buyer Tax Credit Repayment Begins for 2008 Buyers

RISMEDIA, February 16, 2011—Most home buyers who claimed the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for buying their first home in 2008 are required to start repaying the credit in 15 annual installments, beginning with their 2010 tax returns. ...


Don’t Miss Your Chance to be Ranked among Leading Brokers in RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—In today’s challenging real estate environment, where brokers increasingly compete for a larger piece of a shrinking pie, inclusion among the industry’s upper echelon of real estate firms in RISMedia’s 23rd Annual Power Broker Report & ...


Weekly Video Tip: Portable Green Screen

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—We’ve all seen what using a green screen looks like when we watch the weather forecast on TV. In reality, we


Regional Spotlight: 2011 Begins with a Jump in Pending Sales for Washington, D.C. Metro Area

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011—According to data recently released by RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI), an MRIS company, there was a pronounced increase of 31% in pending sales in the January 2011 Washington, DC metro area housing market. The RBI Pending Home ...


Government Support of Housing Finance to be Gradually Eliminated Over Next Five to Seven Years

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2011—(MCT)—In a move that had been widely anticipated, the Obama administration said last week that it wants to get the government out of the mortgage business by winding down operations at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over the next five to seven years. ...


8 Critical Steps to an Interfusion Marketing Strategy

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—With 2011 underway, we must be laser-focused and understand the mindset of the consumer with whom we want to do business. Tailor the presentation, the message and the information to engage them. An Interfusion Marketing strategy blends ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Cracking the QR Code

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—With the national release of OneCode™ last week, I had more conversations than ever before about QR codes and their functionality. We have discussed QR codes here on Monday mornings in the past, but since the level of interest in them continues to grow, I thought it ...


First-Time Buyers Demand Move-In Ready Starter Homes

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—The term “starter home” seemingly refers to an entry-level property—one that is affordable yet needs tender love and care. But amidst the many homes available in today’s market, current first-time buyers want places with a little less ...


4 Tips to Make the Team Concept Work

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—As a former lone wolf, I've recently embraced the team approach to real estate. I resisted for a while but recently I've reevaluated the team concept and have some solid ideas on how to make it work. ...


California Hopes to Stave off Foreclosures through ‘Keep Your Home’ Program

RISMEDIA, February 14, 2011—(MCT)—More than 100,000 struggling homeowners could get help from a $2 billion program that California is launching, including about 25,000 borrowers who owe more than their properties are worth and could see their mortgages shrink. ...


Real Estate Marking Strategies: Tips to Find Success in Today’s Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2011—Have you ever wondered why some real estate agents do well in today’s economy while others fail? There is a huge discrepancy right now between people who are failing and people who are succeeding. ...


70 Percent of Americans View Homeownership as Part of Personal American Dream, According to Trulia

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2011—Trulia.com, a top site for home buyers, sellers and renters, released the results of its biannual American Dream survey, which has tracked American attitudes towards homeownership since 2009. Harris Interactive conducted this online survey on Trulia's behalf ...


Remodeling Set to Surge as Consumers Feel Better about Spending Again

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2011—(MCT)—With the economy starting to recover, consumers feel better about spending again—and that spare cash is going back into their homes. Home remodeling is on an upswing after the industry's worst slump since at least the early 1960s. ...


Social Media and Social Networking Demystified

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—With the social networking craze continuing to capture headlines, and names like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google now common topics of dinner conversation, one cannot ignore the impact this new medium has had on our lives. ...