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REALTORS® Praise FHFA for Proposed Rule to Prohibit Private Transfer Fees

RISMEDIA, February 7, 2011—The National Association of REALTORS® applauds the Federal Housing Finance Agency for moving ahead with a proposed rule to restrict government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants. ...


Maximize Your Smartphone for Marketing with Groups

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—Most of us have some brand of smartphone, whether it’s an Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or another brand. These phones can be powerful marketing tools if you maximize your utilization of their features. One feature we want to ...


Estimated 1.76 Million Mortgages Modified Last Year

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—(MCT)—Mortgage loan servicers negotiated 1.76 million permanent loan modifications for homeowners last year, but more than two-thirds of them were completed in-house and not as part of the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program. ...


Sunshine State Rebranding Attempts to Attract New Residents

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2011—(MCT)—Faced with a dramatic decline in the number of Americans moving to Florida, community boosters are promoting the Sunshine State as a cluster of research and technology, not just a balmy place to live. ...


Improve Your Selling Skills and Improve Your Sales

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—I have done a lot of selling over the past 35-plus years—cumulatively at least a few hundred million dollars in personal selling. The largest single sale was a $1.5 million apartment building in the 1980s. ...


New Variety of Reverse Mortgage Aims to Cut Costs

RISMEDIA, February 4, 2011—(MCT)—Reverse mortgages allow seniors to use their home equity while staying in their homes, but have been criticized for their high upfront fees, among other things. ...


Chase Expands Efforts to Keep People in Their Homes; Increases Number of Chase Homeownership Centers by 50 Percent

RISMEDIA, February 4, 2011—Chase announced plans to add 25 new Chase Homeownership Centers in 19 states this year, expanding its program to provide borrowers in the hardest-hit communities with the knowledge and resources they need to explore all the ways they can stay their homes. This investment will bring the ...


Stress Management Tips to Help Achieve Peak Performance

RISMEDIA, February 4, 2011—Architects and structural engineers get paid big bucks to design buildings strong enough to withstand the damaging impact brought on by Mother Nature’s fury. Architects use building codes, blueprints and computer simulations to help them identify and mitigate stress-fatigue factors, which might contribute to the collapse of ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are You Afraid to Be Successful?

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2011—In my 14-plus years of coaching real estate agents to be successful, I have uncovered that many people have a deep-seated fear of success. When I probe for the reasons behind this fear of success, the pattern ...


Social Media Mania – Simple Tips to Convert More Connections into Real Business

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2011—Thanks to social networking, I can connect with old friends, stay up-to-date with family members and, as a father, keep tabs on what my teenagers are up to. Of course, as an agent, I can also stay in touch with my past clients. For all of those ...


Regional Spotlight: Texas Homes Maintain Value in 2010

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2011—According to the Texas Quarterly Housing Report released by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, Texans bought and sold fewer homes in 2010 than in 2009, but the median price of those homes remained stable from year to year. ...


A Mobile Strategy for All – New Jersey Brokerage Implements Company-Wide Mobile Plan

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2011—As the regional director for RE/MAX of New Jersey, Amanda Brown is charged with providing service and support to the more than 205 offices and nearly 3,400 agents that comprise this busy East Coast region. ...


HUD Reports 20 Percent Jump in ‘Worst Case Needs’ from 2007 to 2009

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2011—In a recently released report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found that “worst case housing needs” grew by nearly 1.2 million households, or more than 20%, from 2007 to 2009 and ...


Technology Warrants a Return to Basics for Modern REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2011—What sells homes—agents or the Internet? With the use of technology becoming increasingly more important to the real estate business, do consumers really need a REALTOR®? ...


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

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: new products and offerings available at REALTOR.org/Store; rent a car and save from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program Partners; and sign up for the REALTOR® University webinar of the week: The Perfect 60 Minute Listing Presentation. ...


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