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10 Ways Real Estate Investors Can Take Advantage of Today’s Market and Build Wealth

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—As co-president of Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc., one of the leading buyers of houses in the U.S., David Hicks is often asked for advice based on the company’s 15-year track record helping investors buy and sell “ugly houses.” With just under 200 franchises in 33 ...


Fed Plans 600 Billion Dollar Bond Purchase to Spark Economy

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—(MCT)—In the wake of congressional elections that weakened President Barack Obama and slammed the door on any new economic stimulus, the Federal Reserve unveiled a controversial new plan to spur the faltering U.S. economy by pumping $600 billion into the financial system. ...


Tips, Time Savers and Hope for the Over-Connected

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—Have you ever felt that with every new communication technology you employ you get more work? You’re not alone. Here are a few quick tips from HWA’s online guru to help you take back some of that ...


Recruiting Experienced Agents – A FSBO Campaign for Brokers

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—Many brokers have spent time teaching their agents how to go after FSBO’s. The first thing that the agent needs to understand is that prospecting FSBO’s is a lot of work and, therefore, requires a strong commitment. The second thing is that they must work to earn ...


From Concept to Practice – Implement a Mobile Marketing Strategy into Your Business

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—While I spend a lot of time in this column talking about technology and how it can be used to benefit real estate agents and agencies, rarely have we looked at how to take the concept and turn it into practice. This month, let’s look at some ...


Massive Auction of 600 Foreclosed Homes Sweeps through Arizona

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—A flood of 600 foreclosed homes will head to the auction block in Phoenix, Tucson and Kingman from November 9-14. Hudson & Marshall, a leading real estate auction firm, will auction the properties. In a market like Arizona, where housing values have plummeted over the past four ...


Renovations Halted by Recession Leave Homes in Limbo

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—(MCT)—Ralph and Gloria Dickerson began a $150,000 expansion of their Englewood, N.J., house in 2004. But the work dwindled to a halt several years ago, and foreclosure proceedings were started on the house last year. The property ...


Heading to New Orleans? 2 Days until RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—Real estate professionals are well aware of the fact that today’s consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet to find information. With the ease at which information can be found, real estate professionals must continue to think ...


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

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Social Media for REALTORS®: Blogging product now available at-cost from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; educational opportunities available from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program; and don’t miss the newly expanded NAR booth #1119 at the REALTORS® Conference ...


Leadership, Recruitment, Training and Growth Opportunities Lay Foundation for Successful Agent Retention

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—What are the critical factors that contribute to the retention of top producing real estate agents? Why are some managers able to consistently recruit and retain quality agents, while others have a revolving door? Excessive personnel turnover is not only unhealthy for the morale of a sales ...


Fed to Take Unusual Stab at Boosting Economy through Quantitative Easing

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve began a two-day meeting that's expected to conclude with the announcement of an unorthodox plan to spark life into the U.S. economy. The Fed has signaled since August that it'll begin purchasing government bonds ...


What the Federal Reserve Board’s Final Rule on Loan Originator Compensation Means to You

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—On August 16, 2010, the Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) published its final rule on loan originator compensation. The rule amends Regulation Z and is effective for applications taken on or after April 1, 2011. The cornerstone of this rule is to preclude loan originators (retail loan ...


4 Steps to Create Powerful Website Engagement Points That Will Connect with Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—A key element to any website strategy is having calls to action (engagement points) sprinkled strategically throughout your site. Your website should immediately “connect” to the people that visit so that they feel they have come to ...


This Week’s Video Tip: Viewers Have Choices

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—Did you know that in the early years of television, TV’s didn’t have remote controls? You actually had to get up to change channels. There wasn’t even a mute button. And speaking of channels, there were only three—ABC, NBC and CBS. ...


Healthy Housing Sector Critical to Overall Economy and Sustainable Economic Recovery

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—(MCT)—Children could be prevented from realizing their potential in school and eventually in the labor force as consequences from home foreclosures endure for years, a Federal Reserve official said recently. ...