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Pre-Sale Renovation: Home Seller Do’s and Don’ts

RISMEDIA, January 25, 2011—You’ve probably seen those depressingly cheery home-themed TV shows: a couple needs to sell their house, they have an outdated kitchen, and a designer comes in and proceeds to convince them to renovate the kitchen into a ...


Homeownership More Affordable Than Renting in 72 Percent of Major U.S. Cities

RISMEDIA, January 25, 2011—Trulia.com, a top site for home buyers, sellers and renters, released its latest Rent vs. Buy Index which found that it is more affordable to buy than to rent a two-bedroom home in 72% of America's 50 ...


The Art of Selling in the Mortgage Industry – 3 Tips to Find Success

RISMEDIA, January 25, 2011—The past few months have been great for the mortgage industry. Most of us have seen the effects of low rates and benefitted from the refinancing boom. It's easy to become so focused on the task at hand that you forget about planning for the future. As ...


More Pull, Less Push – SharperAgent’s ‘Success Marketing Program’ Helps Agents Create a Plan, then Execute

RISMEDIA, January 25, 2011—Like many brokers across the country, business these days is flat year-over-year for Coldwell Banker United’s Jeff Wheeler. But, unlike many brokers, Wheeler is using this time very wisely. In anticipation of the market’s return, he is shrewdly focused on where dollars should be cut…and where they ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Prudential Preferred Realty – Raising the Bar on Professionalism

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: 5 Good Reasons to Use QR Codes

RISMEDIA, January 24, 2011—Ain't no stopping them now—QR Codes are on the move! The buzz about these mythical images has grown to the point that they are on everyone's mind; especially as this year's marketing plans begin to go into action. Inevitably, they have fallen under the mobile category, as ...


Company Spotlight: Home Warranties and Expansion Go Hand in Hand – HSA Home Warranty, Realty ONE Group Work Together as They Explore New Territory

RISMEDIA, January 24, 2011—While 2010 was a challenging year for real estate brokerages across the country, Realty ONE Group in Las Vegas, Nevada, can look back on the year as one full of success. Having expanded into the California market with the opening of four offices in less than a ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Home, Condo Sales Up in December 2010

RISMEDIA, January 24, 2011—Sales of existing homes and condominiums in Florida rose in December 2010, a positive trend also reported at the close of 2010 as statewide sales activity posted gains over the previous year, according to the latest housing data released by Florida REALTORS®. ...


National Home Census Survey Reveals How Americans Live in Their Homes

RISMEDIA, January 24, 2011—Now that the U.S. Census data has been released and we know where people live in our country, national off-price retailer HomeGoods recently conducted a survey to determine how we live in our homes. The survey complements ...


Owners and Renters Agree: Owning a Home Is a Smart Decision

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2011—A substantial majority of both homeowners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. That's according to the results of a National Association of REALTORS® survey of 3,793 adults ...


Building Permits Rise in December 2010 as Builders Prepare for Anticipated Improvement in Buyer Demand

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2011—Nationwide housing starts declined 4.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 units in the final month of 2010, according to newly released figures by the U.S. Commerce Department. While this was the slowest pace of starts activity since October 2009, the year-end data indicate that ...


Devote Time to Strategic Planning to Position Yourself for the Market’s Return

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2011—Staying ahead of the pack is crucial for real estate professionals, especially as we continue to work our way through today’s volatile market. Here, Budge Huskey, president and chief operations officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate discusses why it’s important for real estate professionals to take the time ...


Recovery on Move: December 2010 Existing-Home Sales Jump 12.3 Percent

RISMEDIA, January 21, 2011—Existing-home sales rose sharply in December 2010, when sales increased for the fifth time in the past six months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


RE/MAX Executives Promoted to Lead Charge in 2011

RISMEDIA, January 21, 2011—RE/MAX, LLC announced the promotion of two key executives as the Denver-based franchise continues to dominate the real estate industry both domestically and internationally. David Metzger will assume the role of chief operating officer in addition to his current responsibilities as chief financial officer for RE/MAX. William ...


Foreclosure Upgrades Improve Neighborhoods One House at a Time

RISMEDIA, January 21, 2011—(MCT)—Torrey Warship had never owned a home—until the mortgage foreclosure crisis. Through a federal program to renovate foreclosed homes, the public works laborer bought his first house in Waukegan, Ill., for $138,000. He moved his family out of an apartment and into a two-story, two-bedroom, 2-and-a-half-bath home ...


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