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Real Estate Trends Archive


Tips, Time Savers and Hope for the Over-Connected – Part 3

RISMEDIA, January 10, 2011—Our past two columns have given you some of today’s tools to save you time when you are networking on social sites and posting content. We’ve got two more for those of you who post content consistently and want easier ways to spread that content to your ...


Creating a Positive First Impression: Video Shows Personality While Driving Clients to Your Door

RISMEDIA, January 8, 2011—When was the last time you did business with someone you didn’t like? Now granted, sometimes we don’t have a choice—such as the checkout clerk we happen to get stuck with. But the truth is, when we ...


E-Signature: 10 Years and a Great Impact

RISMEDIA, January 8, 2011—In the 10 years since President Clinton signed the Electronic Signatures in Global National Commerce (ESIGN) Act, electronic signature and cloud computing technology has exploded into nearly every aspect of the real estate business. Here, Tom Gonser, founder and chief strategy officer of DocuSign, Inc. discusses how ...


Study Analyzes Recession’s Impact on Real Estate Markets in Cities in Midst of Economic Decline

RISMEDIA, January 8, 2011—The Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 created new declining cities, and posed further difficulties for cities already in decline. Some cities may not re-attain home price peaks for many years, and we could see some neighborhoods ...


What Home Buyers Can Expect from the Real Estate Market in 2011

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2011—(MCT)—The drumbeat from the housing community was loud and clear in 2010: There was never a better time to buy a home. For most of the past 12 months, home prices tumbled, mortgage rates ticked downward, and ...


Advantages Abound with Equity-Sharing Arrangements

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2011—Alex Perriello, president and CEO, Realogy Franchise Group recently wrote an article that appeared in The New York Times discussing the advantages of equity-sharing and how it can help solve the foreclosure crisis. As we continue to move farther away from the beginning of the mortgage crisis, ...


Mortgage Forms Should Include More Transparency, Appraisal Institute Tells Federal Reserve

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2011—One of the nation’s largest real estate appraisal organizations called on the Federal Reserve last week to require appraisal management companies to disclose their fees to consumers as the Fed implements landmark appraisal regulatory reforms passed by Congress. ...


Fannie Mae Launches WaysHome Interactive Video Tool to Help Struggling Homeowners

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2011—Fannie Mae recently launched WaysHome, a free, interactive multi-media tool designed to educate homeowners about their options to avoid foreclosure, empower them to make informed decisions and motivate them to take action and seek help in 2011. As part of Fannie Mae’s “Know Your Options” initiative to ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: 5 Tips to Turn a Resolution into Reality

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—Did you know that 90% of Americans break their New Year’s Resolutions by January 31st? You can prevent this from happening, and turn your resolutions into a reality by following the tips listed below. ...


FHA Issues Guidance for Reverse Mortgage Borrowers and Lenders Dealing with Outstanding Debts

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released guidance to homeowners and lenders that use the reverse mortgage or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program and are dealing with outstanding property taxes and unpaid hazard insurance premiums. FHA’s guidance ...


When Creating a Mobile Website, Experience Is King

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—Redesigning and/or rejuvenating your website can be a daunting task. Just recently, my team and I sat in our conference room for hours looking through every possible inch of our existing website and mapping out what that would lead to on the new site. While we are ...


Do-It-Yourself Interior Painting Is Like Money in the Bank

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—Trying to decide whether to do some home remodeling this year or leave your money in the bank? You can do both if you remodel with paint. “The cost of do-it-yourself interior painting is so low, it’s almost like remodeling without touching your bank account,” says Debbie ...


California First State to Adopt National Efficiency Standard for Light Bulbs

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—(MCT)—Californians will see the light—and a resulting energy cost savings—earlier than the rest of the United States.  The California Energy Commission says Golden State consumers will be the first in the nation to save money under a federal law improving the energy-efficiency standard of light bulbs. ...


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

RISMEDIA, January 5, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: find the resources you need to succeed at the REALTOR.org Store; celebrate the New Year with savings from REALTOR Benefits® Program partner Lenovo; and REALTORS® reflect on 2010 and are ready for 2011. ...


Simple Tips to Make the Most of Social Networking in the New Year

RISMEDIA, January 5, 2011—For the first time ever, U.S. Web surfers visited the Facebook social networking site more often than any other site in 2010, beating out Google, now in the number two spot, according to a report from Hitwise, an Internet analytics firm. ...


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