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Real Estate Trends Archive


Good Listing Pictures Start with Choosing the Right Camera

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—Recently, Kodak partnered with REALTOR® Magazine to present a nationwide “Listing through a Lens” webinar on taking good pictures. This webinar covered many aspects of photography and serves as an excellent reference for agents who are looking to improve the photo quality of the listings they market. ...


Provision in Sweeping Bank Reform Law to Affect Mortgage Availability

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—(MCT)—A behind-the-scenes battle is forming over a provision to the sweeping bank reform law that will affect mortgage availability. At issue is a provision in the sweeping Dodd-Frank Act that requires banks to have "skin in the game" by retaining some of the risk of loans they ...


Help Clients Answer the Door to the Opportunity of a Lifetime

RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—As the media continues to focus on the negative aspects of the real estate market, it is more important than ever for real estate professionals to help their clients understand that today’s market presents a once in a lifetime opportunity. Here, Earl Lee, president of Prudential Real ...


Simple Tips to Strengthen Your Professional Reputation and Create a Positive Ripple Effect among Your Clients

RISMEDIA, December 31, 2010—We have all had the experience of throwing a stone in a pond and watching the waves ripple across the surface in ever expanding, concentric circles. Just as a ripple hits the shoreline, your reputation for the ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Prudential Palms Realty and Prudential Lakewood Ranch Realty – Surviving and Thriving

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 ...


The Power of a Name: Sotheby’s Name Represents Integrity, Quality and Reliability

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—In 2004, when the Sotheby’s International Realty brand launched a full franchise system, the real estate market couldn’t have been much hotter. In the years since then, the high-end market—like the rest of real estate—has seen quite a swing. Yet, the brand continues to thrive…even considering 2010 ...


Economic Forces Drive Population Shifts Across U.S., Census Shows

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—(MCT)—One of the hallmarks of the American economy has been the mobility of its people—the speed with which they pulled up stakes to seek better opportunities elsewhere. But the deep recession ambushed long-running population trends, sharply slowing the migration to the Sunbelt while giving a boost to ...


Data Wars – An Industry-Wide Update on Data Licensing News

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—While it’s doubtful that the real estate industry will begin an intergalactic battle for data complete with clone armies and light sabers, the battle for control over the industry’s data is starting to heat up. It’s been a long time since the National Association of REALTORS® rolled ...


Extended Families Come Together Under One Roof to Make Ends Meet

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2010—(MCT)—Morning begins in the Grisso household with the coffee maker grinding beans at 6:07, churning with the same grating sound as a fork spinning in a sink disposal. The eight occupants of the house stir. Two grandparents float into the kitchen and head to work, taking the ...


REALTORS® Reflect on 2010 and Prepare for 2011

RISMEDIA, December 29, 2010—2010 has been a year of real estate contrasts. While many consumers have taken advantage of historic buying opportunities and the market has seen a gradual stabilization of sales and prices, other challenges facing the nation have ...


Fed Trying to Push Investors into Taking Risks Again through Quantitative Easing

RISMEDIA, December 29, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve's bold but mysterious plan to purchase $600 billion in long-term government bonds through June will be under the microscope in 2011—even if it works—in part because determining that is anything but simple. ...


Real Estate Professionals Prepare for a Profitable 2011 through Accepting Change and Staying Up-to-Date with Current Market Realities

RISMEDIA, December 29, 2010—2010 was a year marked with numerous changes, and as real estate professionals prepare for 2011, that change is probably not going away. Here, Alicia Trevino, president and CEO of Alicia Trevino Realtors in Dallas, Texas discusses how her company stays profitable by accepting change and staying ...


New Federal Program Provides Nearly 73 Million Dollars in Counseling Grants to Help Families Find and Keep Housing

RISMEDIA, December 29, 2010—In an effort to help families find decent housing and to prevent future foreclosures, the Obama Administration announced nearly $73 million in housing counseling grants to more than 500 national, regional and local organizations. As a result ...


Economic and Housing Outlooks Brighten According to Fannie Mae Analysis Group

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—Improvements in consumer spending and consumer confidence, increased demand for goods and services, and falling unemployment claims are all positive factors for a brighter outlook as we move into 2011, according to the ...


Bank of America Halts Foreclosure Sales during Investigation of Its Practices

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—(MCT)—A Bank of America freeze on foreclosure sales spread Friday to the Inland Empire in California after the biggest bank in the U.S. announced it was broadening an investigation into its foreclosure practices to ...


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