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Real Estate Trends Archive


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. ...


What Makes a Virtual Tour a Virtual Tour?

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2011—It is well known that virtual tours have been around a long time, as well as many virtual tour providers who offer everything from very basic tours with still images to full-service virtual tours including photography. Some services even offer 360-degree panoramas and full-featured, customizable ...


January Housing Scorecard – Data Reveals Mortgage Help Reaching Struggling Middle Class, Underwater and Minority Homeowners

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2011—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the January 2011 edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard. The latest housing figures show increased new and existing home sales as home affordability remains high, but officials caution that ...


Homeowners Decide to Deconstruct, Not Demolish, When Rehabbing

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2011—MCT)—If you're remodeling your kitchen or want to build your dream home on property with a not-so-idyllic house, there's a way to tear down that doesn't involve the wrecking ball. ...


For Your Clients: Common Impediments to Selling and How to Overcome Them

RISMEDIA, February 1, 2011—Even with the economy improving overall, it would be false to say the real estate market is booming, especially for home sellers. Unfortunately, negative financial headlines are causing some potential sellers to needlessly hide in fear. For ...


7 Rapport-Building Tips to Increase Your Sales Effectiveness and Strengthen Your Client Relationships

RISMEDIA, February 1, 2011—Successful salespeople understand that making the sale has much more to do with developing trust and rapport than it does with issues of lowest price, highest quality or the largest company. Unfortunately, far too many salespeople unintentionally sabotage their chances of making a sale by skipping the ...


HUD, VA and USICH Officials Volunteer during Nation’s Homeless Count

RISMEDIA, February 1, 2011—On Thursday, January 27, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Scott Gould, and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Director Barbara Poppe, joined volunteers around the nation as they participated in a national count of homeless persons and ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: RE/MAX of Boulder – Quality Over Quantity

Editor’s Note: The RREIN Broker Spotlight Series offers industry insights from members of RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), an elite network of leading real estate companies united behind the belief that Information Share Equals Market Share. In this interview, featured ...


Monday Morning Mobile: End to Exclusivity

RISMEDIA, January 31, 2011—Last Monday, my team and I decided to switch the e-mail servers for our company and mobilerealestateid.com. The new server, IMAP, would allow for e-mail syncing across multiple devices; read an e-mail on the phone, it gets marked read on the desktop and webmail and vice versa—pretty ...


New Home Sales Increase; Seasonality Should Drive Improvement into Spring

RISMEDIA, January 31, 2011—New home sales increased 17.5% month-over-month in December 2010 to 329,000 units, after being flat month-over-month in November. On an annual basis, new home sales fell 7.6% year-over-year in December after falling 23.9% year-over-year in November. This data is annualized based on seasonal adjustment factors for typical ...


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