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Recruiting Experienced Agents Is a Sales Process

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—Recruiting new agents is, for some managers, a task that seems to be a hit or miss proposition. They will try and engage the candidate with small talk and then launch into ‘why’ the agent should join their brokerage. Do this enough times, and the odds are ...


For Your Clients: 5 Common Sunroom Issues to Watch For

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—We all need a little sun sometimes. Even though a sunroom isn’t the major consideration in buying a home, it’s often the cherry on top that encourages you to write the down payment check. What makes these ...


HUD Announces Recovery Act Funding has Prevented or Ended Homelessness for over 750,000

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that homelessness for 750,000 Americans was prevented or ended, thanks to HUD’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP), funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ...


Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since June 2010

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—(MCT)—An index of U.S. consumer confidence rose in November 2010 to the highest level since June, with consumers more optimistic about future business conditions and job prospects, the Conference Board reported. The index rose to 54.1; economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a reading of 53. Confidence ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate – Setting a Standard and Exceeding Expectations

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, ...


On the Chopping Block: How Mortgage Deduction Will Affect the Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, December 1, 2010—(MCT)—Long considered a key ingredient of American homeownership, the income-tax deduction for mortgage interest is now on the menu of the commission looking for ways to trim the federal deficit. Among the $3.8 trillion in debt-cutting options being considered by National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform ...


Building Confidence in Today’s Market – Why Now Is a Good Time to Buy

RISMEDIA, December 1, 2010—Overcoming consumer confidence is a challenge that real estate professionals across the country face today. While today’s market represents one of the best real estate markets we have seen, buyers, sellers and tenants are more focused on the national news. Here, JB Goodwin, CEO of JB Goodwin ...


More Americans Seek Smaller Homes in the Suburbs, According to Relocation.com Survey

RISMEDIA, December 1, 2010—McMansions are rapidly becoming the housing equivalent of harvest gold appliances as more Americans are opting for smaller residential footprints, according to a new Relocation.com consumer lifestyle survey. In this new Relocation.com lifestyle survey, homeowners and buyers ...


5 Strategies to Rebuild Your Credit after Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—(MCT)—If you've been through a foreclosure, you may wonder if there is hope for you to become a homeowner again. The answer is yes, but it will take a while. "It doesn't mean you'll never be a ...


Weekly Video Tip: Conducting Interviews

RISMEDIA, November 30, 2010—Whether you’re in real estate, tourism, marketing, or even fund raising, your video camera can become a powerful tool for recording interviews of all kinds. From testimonials and product reviews to endorsements and instructions, interviews can be highly effective for getting the job done. Here are a ...


For Your Clients: 5 Tips for Choosing Homeowners’ Insurance

RISMEDIA, November 30, 2010—You’ve done the hard work: your seller has successfully sold their home due to your efforts, and the ink is dry on the closing papers. While ushering a successful sale is undoubtedly your primary job as a ...


How to Guarantee Success as the World Changes around You

RISMEDIA, November 30, 2010—There are plenty of historical references to warriors burning their boats before they went into battle in enemy lands. The goal was to make sure everyone was committed and eliminate any thought of retreat. Do you get the sense that anyone is doing this in the real ...


REALTORS Give Thanks to American Troops and Their Families This Holiday Season

RISMEDIA, November 30, 2010—As the holiday season continues, the National Association of REALTORS® is giving thanks to American troops. NAR will provide care packages and housing assistance to support soldiers and their families here in the U.S. and abroad. Two national charities will receive support from NAR—Operation American Soldier and ...


Meet Ron Phipps: NAR President, 2011

RISMEDIA, November 29, 2010—Now that the holiday season is well under way and 2010 draws closer to an end, real estate professionals are putting a lot of thought into what 2011 has in store for the industry. In ...


Curb Appeal: Little Changes Make a Big Difference

RISMEDIA, November 29, 2010—(MCT)—We recently consulted on a formerly white Cape Cod-style home in the Kansas City, Mo., suburb of Westwood that had just been painted in a pale gray. The owners have already ordered replacement windows. They wanted to ...


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