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Real Estate Trends Archive


April Existing-Home Sales Ease

RISMedia, May 23 2011—Existing-home sales slipped in April, although the market has managed six gains in the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


NAR Introduces Online Member Guide for 2011

RISMedia, May 23 2011—“What do I get for my dues dollars?” is a common question asked from agents to brokers. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (NAR) annual Member Guide answers this question and many more about the value of REALTOR® membership. ...


Regional Spotlight: Realty Executives Raises Money for Habitat for Humanity

RISMedia, May 23 2011—The Junior/Senior Golf Classic, sponsored by Realty Executives of Kansas City, is in its seventh year and continues to raise thousands of dollars for Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City. ...


Home Improvements – Outdoors: Starting Seeds

RISMedia, May 23 2011—Starting plants from seed is an easy way to grow flowers and vegetables on the cheap. For the cost of a seed packet, you can enjoy oodles of flowers and vegetables. Plus, you get to experiment with unusual plants that aren’t commonly sold in containers or cell ...


Realogy Expects Continued Improvement in National Existing Home Sale Data

RISMedia, May 21, 2011—Realogy Corporation reported that based on closed and open home sale contract information from its franchisees and company-owned brokerage operations, it expects that the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of existing home sales on a national basis should remain between 5.0 million to 5.2 million in each ...


Foreclosures Fall Slightly in April

RISMedia, May 21, 2011—The inventory of homes in foreclosure awaiting resale fell slightly in April, but they are still 12.7 percent higher than they were a year ago, according to Lender Processing Services April 2011 month-end mortgage performance statistics. ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Survey Finds Spike in Gas Prices is Impacting Where Home Buyers Choose to Live

RISMEDIA, May 20, 2011—The high cost of gasoline is not just emptying wallets; it is also impacting where consumers choose to buy a home. According to a new Coldwell Banker survey among its network of real estate professionals, 75 percent said that the recent spike in gas prices has influenced ...


NAR Member Survey Shows Focus on Training, Commitment to Profession

RISMedia, May 19, 2011—REALTORS® have been focusing more on training to help them better meet the needs of clients in a housing market with unique challenges, according to the 2011 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile. The study’s results are representative of the nation’s REALTORS®, who account for more ...


The REALTOR Benefits® Program Covers All of Your Insurance Needs

RISMedia, May 19, 2011—For the products and services you use every day, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (NAR’s) REALTOR Benefits® Program has you covered. Now, with the broad variety of insurance offerings included in the program, you can select various personal and professional coverages at special pricing and relax, knowing ...


Regional Spotlight: April Bay State Foreclosures Take another Steep Drop

RISMedia, May 19, 2011—For the month of April, Massachusetts foreclosure activity remained at levels dramatically below those recorded last year. However, foreclosure petitions—which mark the first step in the foreclosure process in Massachusetts—posted the highest number so far this year. ...


How to Use Foreclosure Data to Identify Investment Opportunities

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2011—In the current complex housing market, it is critical for real estate professionals to evaluate their individual markets for short-term and long-term real estate investment potential for their clients. In every fluctuating housing market, there are opportunities. ...


Recruit, Retain, Expand

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2011—Mobile technology is changing the way the world operates, largely by providing smartphone users the opportunity to visit a website directly from their fingertips. It is no secret that while consumers are getting much more demanding of the offerings websites provide on their mobile devices, REALTORS® have ...


Utilizing Social Media Marketing

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2011—You’ve just started your own business. You have put your sweat, blood, and tears into its success. So, now what? How do you plan to spread the word? Technology is advancing so rapidly that if you thought you had a real bang-up marketing plan a year ago, ...


Selling Is a Contact Sport: Keys to Effective Phone Calling

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2011—It has been said that salespeople who avoid making phone calls have skinny children. Prospecting for new business is critically important. For the majority of salespeople, it is by far the most challenging and stressful aspect of their profession. Successful salespeople are proactive and recognize the importance ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Next Mobile Initiative

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2011—Over the past year, the mobile space has become so vital to a company’s marketing initiatives that having a Mobile Website is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. This is evident by the fact that over the past year many of the country’s top brokerages have ...


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