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Real Estate Trends Archive


Do Online Ratings Matter?

RISMEDIA, April 16, 2011—Most real estate professionals can attest to the fact that client referrals are an important part of their business. In a day and age where consumers are relying on reviews from friends and family, positive views are even more important. Here, Sara Bonert, director of broker ...


For Your Clients: How to Manage Unexpected Home Expenses

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2011—(MCT)—Homes are more affordable these days, the selection is abundant, and interest rates are still fairly low. For some people, it could well be a great time to buy. ...


REALTORS Applaud Bill to Speed Lender Response to Short Sales

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2011—A new bill to improve the process for approving short sales may soon bring relief to distressed homeowners who are unable to keep their homes and hope to avoid foreclosure. The bill, recently introduced in the U.S. House and strongly supported by the National Association of REALTORS®, ...


4 Tips to Manage Your Leads and Improve Your Conversion Rate

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2011—With studies showing that buyers begin their search for a home well before they actually buy, you need to have a game plan in place to strategically position yourself to be top of mind when they are ready to buy. In conjunction with the positioning, you need ...


Persistence Is Key – Motivational Strategies Can Lead to Success

RISMEDIA, April 15, 2011—Starting each day with enthusiasm comes easily to most agents when the housing market is booming. But when times are tough, even the most experienced CRSs can struggle to maintain their drive. “It’s hard to get motivated when you’ve been hitting the wall, but those who get ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Solutions to Self-Sabotage

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—"I don't know why I'm sabotaging myself.” I hear this statement every day from clients and prospective clients. This sentiment is extremely common amongst both seasoned and new entrepreneurs. I hear many examples of self-sabotage in my ...


Scared of Your Shadow Inventory?

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—This big inventory of homes—90 days or more delinquent on their mortgage payments, currently in foreclosure or now REOs—at last count was 2.1 million. It’s enough to make you plop, plop, fizz, fizz, worrying everyone from the banks to the sellers and most of the rest of ...


Regional Spotlight: RE/MAX Seasonal Trend Report for Twin Cities

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—Numbers don’t lie, and if you look at the most recent monthly housing statistics for the Twin Cities metro, as released in the Monthly Indicators report for February 2011 distributed by the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®, you’ll see they look pretty dismal. ...


HUD to Offer Grants to Fix Housing-Related Health Hazards

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it is making grants available to help eliminate lead-based paint and other housing related health hazards from lower income homes. The funding will help protect young children as well as other vulnerable populations. ...


10 Tips for a Cleaner, Safer Kitchen

RISMEDIA, April 14, 2011—(MCT)—The first day of spring has come and gone. To get the cleaning season started right, we looked for the best advice on cleaning the busiest—and maybe dirtiest—room in the house: the kitchen. ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, April 13, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: learn how to use the REALTOR® mark correctly, save 10% on your SFR Certification, and REALTOR® Magazine is seeking candidates for the 2011 Good Neighbor Awards. For more information visit www.REALTOR.org. ...


Building Homeownership: What the April 18th FHA Price Increase Means for You and Your Low-Downpayment Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, April 13, 2011—In one of the first articles I wrote for this column, I said that the majority of home buyers today without 20% to put down on a new home are getting an FHA loan. I also said ...


House Rich Rule #12 – Share the Brain Trust

RISMEDIA, April 13, 2011—Don’t let Washington or Wall Street stop the entrepreneurial spirit in you. We are in a period of history right now where as an entrepreneur, you want to build wealth and you can’t rely on anyone else. The real estate market is here for you and the ...


Major Legislation in 2011: How Brokers Can Impact the Issues

RISMEDIA, April 12, 2011—The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Charlie Oppler, NAR’s Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and ...


Affordable Housing Providers Dominate Apartment Industry’s Largest Owners, According to Annual Ranking of 50 Largest Firms

RISMEDIA, April 12, 2011—The apartment industry made a surprising recovery in 2010 from the "Great Recession," and that recovery is reflected in the 2011 NMHC 50, the National Multi Housing Council's annual ranking of the 50 largest apartment owners and ...


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