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VIDEO: Prospering in the Real Estate Revival: 12 House-Rich Rules for Building Real Estate Wealth – Rule #5 – Find Your Florida

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—I use Florida as a metaphor for the unique opportunity that this economic crisis presents to investors. Florida is a market that has performed wonderfully for investors for decades, but it is in a very tough spot right now. Over development, over speculation and wild lending practices ...


Weekly Video Tip: Stock Footage

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—If you’d like to add some professional pop to your video production, something called stock footage may be just the answer. For example, if you’re doing a video about San Francisco, incorporating some brief clips of cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, or Alcatraz would ...


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Expands in New York State with Addition of TechValley Homes Real Estate

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC announced that TechValley Homes Real Estate LLC, which serves the greater Albany, N.Y. region, has joined its fast-growing franchise network. The brokerage will operate as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley under broker/owner Miguel Berger, adding two offices ...


Late Mortgage Payments Fall in Fourth Quarter 2010

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2011—(MCT)—There's a note of optimism in the air about the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate. The number of mortgages that were past due in the fourth quarter of 2010 was at its lowest level since the end of 2008 (excluding homes that are already in foreclosure). Meanwhile, the ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Mobile Foundation

Now that you’ve cracked the QR code and know that in order to have a successful QR code marketing strategy you need to have a mobile website strategy in place, what is it you should be looking for? There is a lot that goes into building a solid mobile website ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies – 7 Tips to Motivate Your Sphere of Influence to Refer to You

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2011—As a business coach for real estate agents, I often hear my clients say, “I just can’t pick up the phone and call my sphere of influence.” “Why not?” I ask. ...


Housing Affordability Rises to Highest Level in Two Decades

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2011—Nationwide housing affordability during the fourth quarter of 2010 rose to its highest level in the 20 years since it has been measured, according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) data. The ...


Create a Consistent Reputation while Promoting Your Brand

Real estate professionals can all agree that consistency is the key to creating brand and name recognition in your marketplace. An in today’s challenging market, real estate professionals must do everything they can to make sure they stay top of mind. Here, Jeff Morr, CEO/broker, Majestic Properties in Miami, Florida ...


10 Tips to Successfully Build Relationships with Prospects

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2011—In today’s challenging economic climate, everyone needs a bigger piece of the pie because the pie itself just isn’t big enough anymore. Everyone is talking about how to get more prospects. I constantly hear agents say, “I ...


What’s In a Name? Job Titles Set the Bar for Excellence

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2011—How important is a job title? Some might argue that it’s just that—a title—and that it has little, if anything, to do with the amount of passion, energy and ambition required of the job given. As the owner of a fairly large real estate firm, I have ...


Residential Remodeling Activity Rose 18 Percent Year-Over-Year in December 2010, According to BuildFax Remodeling Index

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2011—With the economy continuing to exhibit a slow recovery and mortgage rates inching up from historical lows, many Americans have chosen to remodel their current homes rather than purchase a new house or apartment. BuildFax, a leading provider of building permit data recently released the latest findings ...


Winter Season Buyers and Sellers Serious about Making a Deal

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2011—(MCT)—Planning a move to Arizona, Martha DeVita originally thought she'd list her Cliffside Park, N.J., home in the spring, when the real estate market traditionally heats up. But faced with this winter's harsh weather, she put up ...


Working with a Real Estate Professional is More Important Than Ever in Today’s Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2011—In a landmark study examining the home buying and selling preferences of consumers in the Mid-Atlantic region, 95% reported that working with a real estate professional is just as important, if not more important, than it was ...


Going Paperless – Top 3 Benefits of Turning Paper Documents into Digital Files

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2011—The “agent of the future” will be more successful and efficient in a paperless office. Paper isn’t going away completely, but you can free up space and access information much faster when you turn paper documents into digital files. Furthermore, scanning your documents allows you to respond ...


FHA Takes Steps to Bolster Capital Reserves

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2011—As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) capital reserves, FHA Commissioner David H. Stevens announced a new premium structure for FHA-insured mortgage loans increasing its annual mortgage insurance premium (MIP) by a quarter of a percentage point (.25) on all 30- and ...


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