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Real Estate Trends Archive


Fewer U.S. Homeowners Underwater on Their Mortgage

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—(MCT)—The number of homeowners in the U.S. who owe more on their properties than what those homes are worth has declined steadily for most of 2010, according to Santa Ana, Calif. research firm CoreLogic. But the drop ...


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

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a no-cost field guide to working with single home buyers from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; REALTOR Benefits® partner zipLogix introduces zipForm® mobile; and REBAC announces a new benefit for ABR® designees, the ABR® iPhone app. ...


Are Your Virtual Tours Naughty or Nice?

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—Virtual tour providers and virtual tours are all exactly the same, or are they? Does it matter if you use one that offers free virtual tours or one that charges a monthly subscription? Does it matter if the virtual tour company is brand new or may claim ...


Lifestyle Search Helps Real Estate Professionals Harness Consumers’ Unique Needs to Sell More Real Estate

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—Real estate consumers these days are no longer satisfied with the ability to search for a three-bedroom, two bath condo. They now want more levels of search that qualify as the up and coming concept known as ‘Lifestyle Search.’ Consumers are choosing their homes not only on ...


‘Tis the Season to Move – The Do’s and Don’ts of Relocating during the Holidays

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2010—While everyone is preparing for the holiday season, are you singing to a different tune as you stress about your upcoming move? Moving can be demanding on its own, plus combined with the stresses of preparing for the holidays, can be as challenging as finding that one ...


‘The New Normal’: What Is It and How Will It Affect Your Business?

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2010—As we continue to make our way closer to the end of 2010, everyone seems to be talking about the “new normal.” In this month’s Power Broker Roundtable, real estate professionals Steve Brown and Charlie Oppler discuss ...


Price-Reduced Listings Continue to Soar Over Last Year, According to ZipRealty’s Monthly Price Reduction Index

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2010—The number of price-reduced homes on the market this November increased dramatically compared to the same time last year, rising 24.1% according to ZipRealty's Price Reduction Index, a monthly review of MLS-listed properties in 26 markets surveyed by the real estate brokerage. ...


For Your Clients – 10 Ways to Stop and Prevent Roof Leaks

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2010—If you think roof leaks are only a problem if you live in a climate with frequent rain, think again. While roofing problems are obviously most often caused or exacerbated by rain, there are other just as ...


The Year in Review…and the Shape of the Future – An Interview with Dale Stinton

RISMEDIA, December 13, 2010—Dale Stinton, the no-nonsense CEO of The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), brings a perfect blend of realism and optimism to NAR’s members. The future holds promise if you’re willing to confront the facts and offer consumers ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Adding Value

RISMEDIA, December 13, 2010—This week I had the opportunity to attend a sales conference for one of our partner companies. I was truly impressed by all of the various tools and training this company is incorporating to add value not only to their sales team, but for their clients. “Adding ...


The Solution to Recruiting Resistance – ERA Real Estate Brings Results-Oriented Option to Brokers

RISMEDIA, December 13, 2010—Running a profitable business is about having the right agents in your brokerage, but it’s also about having the right number of agents. To be truly successful, you need to be using your resources efficiently. That means having your desks filled with talented salespeople who can help ...


Obama’s Pick to Lead Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Promises Leadership

RISMEDIA, December 13, 2010—(MCT)—President Barack Obama's nominee to lead Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently pledged to Congress to offer not just management, but leadership, if he becomes the new chief of the troubled housing agencies. ...


NAHB’S Multifamily Production and Vacancy Indices Show Increased Confidence

RISMEDIA, December 13, 2010—Serving as leading indicators for the sector, two composite multifamily indices produced from NAHB's survey of multifamily builders and property managers showed improvement in the third quarter of 2010. The NAHB Multifamily Production Index (MPI) increased to ...


Active Listening Skills Strengthen Trust with Clients

RISMEDIA, December 11, 2010—An ancient Chinese proverb reminds us; "To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well." While everyone can benefit from this sage advice, these words of wisdom are particularly appropriate for real ...


The All-Important First Impression

RISMEDIA, December 11, 2010—When getting your home ready to be put on the market, it is crucial that home sellers understand the importance of making a good first impression. While many sellers become overwhelmed with the amount of changes they think must be made before their home is listed, there ...