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10 Tips to Protect Your Home while Away on Vacation

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—With school vacations approaching, many lucky families are planning trips to cure their winter blues. Here are some important things to remember if you leave your home for several days. ...


Common Questions for Real Estate Agents Negotiating Short Sales to Consider

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2011—My December article, “Shortening the Short Sale,” generated quite a few questions from readers who were looking for answers to more specific questions related to short sales. In response, I thought it would be helpful to provide some additional details that shed more light on the unique ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 1 Percent in January 2011, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for January 2011, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 261,333 U.S. properties in January, a 1% increase from the previous month, but a 17% decrease from January ...


5 Tips to Reel in Renters with Social Media

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—It’s a good time to buy, but not everyone in every market is doing it. As home prices are rising again in some areas like San Francisco, Manhattan and some parts of Southern California ...


The Truth about Application Programming Interfaces and Which Will Make the Greatest Impact to Your Bottom Line

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—Facebook, Twitter, Zillow, Onboard Informatics, Foursquare, The Weather Channel: they may be an unlikely pairing of organizations, but all of these entities can impact your business through application programming interfaces (APIs). Why should you care what an API can do for your website or how should you ...


Tax Credit Hangover Continues as Home Values Drop, Negative Equity Rises in Fourth Quarter 2010

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—Home values in the United States posted their largest quarterly decline since the first quarter of 2009, falling 2.6% as the temporary stimulus of the home buyer tax credits wore off, according to Zillow's fourth quarter Real Estate Market Reports. The Zillow Home Value Index declined 5.9% ...


The Next 3-5 Minutes

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2011—I recently attended a phenomenal real estate conference at which the following question was posed to the mobile panelists: “What do you see happening over the next three years in mobile?” The witty panelist replied, “The next three years? We are waiting to see what happens in ...


‘Significant Success amid Challenges’: RE/MAX Celebrating 38 Years

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—“It’s been an exhilarating ride, through the ups and downs of every type of market imaginable,” said RE/MAX Chairman Dave Liniger, who pioneered the maximum commission concept when he opened his first RE/MAX office in 1973, forever ...


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

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: customize and print NAR’s updated consumer brochure “Why Rent When You Can Buy!;” educational opportunities available from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program; and REALTORS® praise FHFA. ...


Demographic Shifts Shaping Future of the Housing Market

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—With the great recession driving unemployment, foreclosures and vacancy rates to historic highs, the housing market has certainly been on one wild ride the last few years. ...


2010 Home Sales Had Biggest Rebound in Chicago Suburbs, Reports RE/MAX

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—Home sales in the metro Chicago real estate market turned in their strongest 2010 performance in the north suburbs and Kane County, according to an analysis by the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network of transaction data from MRED, LLC, the regional multiple listing service. ...


The Great Debate: What to Do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

RISMEDIA, February 9, 2011—(MCT)—What role should government play in housing finance? A struggle over that $5 trillion dollar question, which divides Democrats from Republicans, will begin Wednesday when a subcommittee of the GOP-controlled House of Representatives considers the fate of mortgage-finance titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. ...


The Truth about QR Codes

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—Unless you have been on a hiatus since the NAR Conference in New Orleans last November, spending all the money you made selling real estate on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed small, square codes popping ...


VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #3

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Go Global with REALTOR.com

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2011—With international transactions representing a growing share (7%) of the U.S. residential market, REALTOR.com, the nation’s No. 1 homes-for-sale website, is going global. Last year, $66 billion in U.S. residential real estate was sold to foreign buyers and recent immigrants from 53 countries. And over the last ...


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