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Offering a Higher Level of Expertise Enables Agents to Meet the Needs of Today’s Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, January 20, 2011—Today’s real estate customers and clients have access to much more information than they did in the past. As their access to information will continue to increase with the introduction of new technology, real estate professionals must stay ahead of the curve to offer a greater degree ...


Research Shows Changing Market, Evolving Buyer Preferences for the 55+ Housing Market

RISMEDIA, January 19, 2011—A joint study by the 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the MetLife Mature Market Institute shows the recession has made 55+ buyers more practical when selecting a new home. Design ...


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

RISMEDIA, January 19, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: social media made easy with VIP combination pack; a discounted webinar on managing your time commitment to social media while getting results from REALTOR® University; and REALTOR® volunteer and mentor program seeks nominations. ...


Company Spotlight: Keeping Up with Technology – David Knox’s Online Training Website Allows Agents to Take Training into Their Own Hands

RISMEDIA, January 19, 2011—“When it comes to training, convenience is key,” says Lynne Hegedus, director of career development at Hunt Real Estate ERA, a member of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN). “We want our agents to participate in our training program in order to sharpen their skills, so it ...


Mobile Technology Expert John Lim to Headline Real Estate Xplode! Conference

RISMEDIA, January 19, 2011—Mobile Card Cast Founder and CEO, John Lim, will be a featured speaker during the upcoming Xplode! Conference on February 10, 2011 in Austin, Texas. At the conference, Lim will share his great wealth of knowledge and ...


FHFA Announces Joint Initiative to Consider Alternatives for a New Mortgage Servicing Compensation Structure

RISMEDIA, January 19, 2011—The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to work on a joint initiative, in coordination with FHFA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to consider alternatives for future mortgage servicing structures and servicing compensation for their single-family mortgage ...


Housing Moving to Higher Ground in 2011

RISMEDIA, January 18, 2011—Housing will see gradual improvements in activity this year as the nation’s economy and job market continue to move to higher ground, establishing momentum that will produce more considerable gains in 2012, according to economists who appeared ...


Oil-Heating Basics and Maintenance

RISMEDIA, January 18, 2011—In most areas of the country, it’s the time of year where you’re making frequent visits to your heat dial, to turn it up. Many homes, both new and not-so-new, have an oil-heating system working hard on the far side of that thermostat. ...


Housing Industry Readies Mortgage Tax Break Fight

RISMEDIA, January 18, 2011—(MCT)—The housing industry is girding for a fight in Congress to protect the mortgage interest deduction, along with a number of other housing-related tax breaks. The National Association of Home Builders is putting a high priority on lobbying in favor of the mortgage interest deduction, along with ...


Builders Expect Home Sizes to Keep Shrinking

RISMEDIA, January 18, 2011—(MCT)—Homebuilders are thinking smaller. They've cut the average size of new houses and expect it to shrink more over the next few years. "Most builders will build smaller and lower-priced homes in 2011," said Rose Quint, a researcher with the National Association of Home Builders. "Our experts ...


Reinventing CENTURY 21 – Real Estate Powerhouse Looks to Remind Industry about a Forgotten Statistic

RISMEDIA, January 18, 2011—It might have been the market meltdown. Or maybe it was the emergence of new players. But somehow along the way, it seems as though the real estate industry forgot about a big company named CENTURY 21 Real Estate. Now headed by real estate veteran Rick Davidson, ...


The ABCs of Agent Recruitment and Retention

RISMEDIA, January 17, 2011—In any market—but especially in today’s market—recruiting and retention is the lifeblood of any successful real estate company. As more agents compete for a piece of the shrinking real estate pie, hiring new, skilled recruits and retaining ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Next 3-5 Minutes

RISMEDIA, January 17, 2011—Last week I attended a phenomenal real estate conference during 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 ...


5 Steps for Putting Twitter to Work for Your Brand

RISMEDIA, January 17, 2011—(eM+C)—Twitter can help you win customers, drive sales, find/solve problems and manage your brand. If you don’t have a Twitter strategy, you need one. The previous sentences are a combined 140 characters, the maximum length of a tweet. They perfectly capture the power of this relatively new ...


Company Spotlight: Decades Later, Quality Still Prevails – Bold Colors, Sharp Logos and High-Quality Production and Value Keep Lowen a Step Ahead

RISMEDIA, January 17, 2011—For 60 years, Lowen Sign Company has designed, manufactured and printed real estate signs for independent real estate companies and major franchise brokerages across the country. With a new printing facility located in Hutchinson, Kansas, Lowen has continued delivering eye-catching riders, yard signs, for sale signs, and ...


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