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Buyer’s Market Spurs Confidence in Young Professionals and Affluent Homeowners

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011—As the cold temperatures become a distant memory, and the spring selling season gains momentum, consumers have come to agree on one thing—now’s a good time to get off the fence and into the real estate market. ...


Monday Morning Mobile – Mobile Opening Day

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011—With Opening Day last week, baseball season is now upon us. I think most of us (northeast especially) are about ready for some true signals of spring and the warmer weather. The start of baseball season and a couple conversations I had last week made me think ...


Home Inspections an Essential Tool for Buyers

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011—(MCT)—A home inspection often means the difference between a sale and no sale, even if the deal that results isn't exactly what the owner expected. Buyers and sellers typically recognize the need for a home inspection. Still, it may put both sides of a sale on edge. ...


Foreclosures Offer New Twist on Old Game: Flipping Houses

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011—(MCT)— What started as a hobby for Keith Gamble is now a risky, exciting, full-time job: buying properties at the monthly foreclosure sale and flipping them. Gamble, and others like him, are a new generation of property flippers who buy at low prices at a foreclosure auction, ...


Talks to Settle Foreclosure Probes Could Take Months

RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011—(MCT)—Talks to settle state and federal investigations into botched foreclosure paperwork will be going on for a long time, government officials note after holding their first face-to-face meeting with top bank executives. ...


Networking: A Powerful and Empowering Strategy

RISMEDIA, April 2, 2011—Every year about this time, I get a powerful recharge during the annual RE/MAX Convention. Real estate professionals around the world get together to celebrate successes, share best practices, explore solutions to challenges and, of course, let loose a bit. ...


Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market

RISMEDIA, April 2, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) recognizes the need for an orderly transition from the current form of the secondary mortgage market to a new structure that removes some of the pitfalls under the old GSE structure. ...


Top 5 Reasons Why the Deck Is Stacked against You When It Comes to Getting Quality Internet Leads

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Developing relationships with new clients is a huge priority in real estate. Most of you will undoubtedly agree, but as many home buyers and sellers look progressively more to the Internet to answer questions and search for ...


Stock Options vs. Blue Chips: Las Vegas

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—You've heard the statement many times: "There is no national real estate market.” Meaning all real estate, like politics, is local. There is, however, a national real estate marketplace. With a wide array of "products" on the shelf, there is literally something for everyone. ...


Home Warranties Protect Homeowners during Extreme Weather; Attract Buyers in Competitive Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Extreme temperatures across the nation contributed to a record-breaking year for home warranty claims, and now with a glut of homes for sale across the country, home warranties to cover major systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical) and built-in ...


Vacation- and Investment-Home Shares Hold Even in 2010

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—The market share of vacation- and investment-home sales held steady in 2010, although the sales volume declined with the overall market, according to the National Association of Realtors®. NAR's 2011 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey—covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2010—shows vacation-home sales accounted for 10 ...


Today’s Featured Listing: Watch the Sunset from This Water-front Home

RISMEDIA, April 1, 2011—Located on Venice Island in Venice, Fla., this beautiful three bedroom home being listed by RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN) Member Prudential Palms Realty. This three story home offers hardwood floors, formal dining, three full spa-style ...


6 Steps to Help Avoid the ‘Follow Up Trap’

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—With the rise in Internet-based marketing, sales professionals have now become captives, feeling obligated to be on call to respond to leads 24/7, for fear they will go cold. Every sales professional has probably experienced this phenomenon but ...


Federal Housing Finance Agency Reports Mortgage Interest Rates

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—The Federal Housing Finance Agency has reported that the National Average Contract Mortgage Rate for the Purchase of Previously Occupied Homes by Combined Lenders, used as an index in some ARM contracts, was 4.79 percent based on loans closed in February. This is an increase of 0.08 ...


MRIS Executes Agreement with RPR

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2011—Realtors Property Resource, LLC (RPR), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, announced recently that Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS), the nation’s largest MLS, serving more than 40,000 subscribers spanning the Mid-Atlantic region, has signed an agreement to bring RPR’s national property database ...


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