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Using Virtual Tours to Generate Leads

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—One of the biggest challenges for a real estate professional is to find prospects to work with. We market ourselves in many different ways looking for leads all the time. A lead could be a free tip from a friend that someone is looking to buy or ...


Content is King – Find Out Why at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—It is hard not to notice what consumers want these days: information. They crave it. Gone are the days when real estate professionals held tight to property details and neighborhood information. Now, any consumer can find that ...


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

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: find even more resources for your success at the expanded NAR booth at the Conference & Expo; get your Field Guide for Understanding the Do-Not-Call Policy at no-cost from Right Tools, Right Now; and eight in 10 ...


Home Sales Continue Post-Tax Credit Correction

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—The summer season of home buying was a difficult one because many buyers purchased earlier in the spring in an attempt to qualify for the government’s tax credit. Now the market is still attempting to return to traditional seasonal trends. A monthly survey of 54 metropolitan areas ...


Ensure That Leadership is Part of the DNA of Your Organization

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—As a REALTOR® association executive, you are not only responsible for the constant improvement of your personal leadership skills, but also for the growth and cultivation of your volunteer leaders. You are responsible for inculcating in the mind of the novitiate volunteer, not only the traits, characteristics ...


Decoding the Smart Label – How Smart Homes Really Work and What the Label Means

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—(MCT)—Home construction is one of those things that really hasn’t changed a whole lot for hundreds of years. For example, if you look at the houses in Colonial Williamsburg, they have pitched roofs with shingles, walls with ...


Mobile Lead Generation Meets Mobile Lead Management – REALTOR.com and Top Producer Mobilize the Marketplace

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—Up until 2009, the first few real estate applications that arrived on the scene for smartphones were certainly visually exciting. But although they were interesting examples of new technology for real estate, it was not clear if ...


Weekly Video Tip: Monopods

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. One of the basics of shooting a good video is to always use a tripod. You’ll be rewarded with steadier shots, smoother pans, and a more enjoyable experience. ...


Bernanke Ready to Spur More Growth

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—(MCT)—Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, citing the threat of prolonged high unemployment and an economy potentially falling into a dangerous deflationary spiral, Friday laid out a case for the central bank to buy more U.S. government bonds in a bid to bolster growth. ...


Realtors Support FHFA Proposal to End Private Transfer Fees

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—The National Association of Realtors (NAR) strongly supports the proposed guidance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to prevent government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants. ...


Breathe Easier: 10 Tips to Banish Mold from the Home

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—Often, our first encounter with mold at home occurs in that infamous spot between the shower curtain and tub. It’s pretty disgusting, but it’s easy to wipe up. Unfortunately, in most homes, this isn’t the extent of ...


Mortgage Insurance Plays Increasing Role in Optimizing Home Financing

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—In today’s dicey lending environment, many a would-be home buyer often falls into one of two camps: uninformed or running scared. Unfortunately, tightening lending standards and a pervasive unease about the overall economy have combined to keep ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Text in the City

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—While text message lead generation services have spread across real estate firms nationwide, it always seemed that the use of these services were few and far between when you walked around New York City. Why? One of the reasons we launched our text message lead generation service, ...


A Smooth Transition – Baird & Warner Chooses Google Apps to Enable Growth and Mobility

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—Family owned and operated since 1855, Baird & Warner is one of the oldest residential real estate brokerages in the nation, with 26 branch offices servicing more than 300 communities throughout northeastern Illinois. Baird & Warner provides a full range of services for consumers including residential sales, ...


Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America Join Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—The Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America—two of the most recognized and influential consumer protection organizations in the nation—joined the Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees. Adding their voices to the diverse coalition ...