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Real Estate Trends Archive


Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Provisions Relevant to REALTORS

RISMEDIA, December 8, 2010—The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has been working closely with the members and staffs of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee to ensure that Wall Street Reform legislation did not adversely affect REALTORS®. Below is a summary of the most important actions ...


Mortgage Modification Keeps Hope Alive for Struggling Homeowners

RISMEDIA, December 8, 2010—(MCT)—This holiday season will be a happy one in the Bellwood, Ill., home that Rogelio Huerta and Maria Soto share with their two young sons. That's because the couple recently made the first mortgage payment on a permanent loan modification that will keep the family in the ...


Lights, Camera, Action – Building Your Online Business with Video

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2010—One of the basic premises of business is that people like to do business with people they like and trust. Real estate is certainly no exception. While today’s digitally detached world seemingly makes it more difficult for ...


Vlog about Batteries

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2010--If you’re planning on doing some outdoor shooting this Winter…we have a word for the wise. Pay attention to your batteries. Filming the kids building a snowman can be quite different than shooting a Summer picnic…for one simple reason. Batteries don’t like cold weather. ...


5 Steam Heating Maintenance Tips to Keep Your System in Good Shape

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2010—You’re doing yet another Saturday open house tour, and, it seems, you’ve finally stumbled upon your dream house. The living room is perfect, the ceiling moldings have character, the kitchen practically begs you to bake an apple pie. Then, you look down, noticing something horrifying in the ...


Simple Tips to Downsize Your Lifestyle

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2010—(MCT)—David, Christy and Noah Swindlehurst are practicing new math at their Eden Prairie, Minn., town home—minimal addition, maximum subtraction. ...


FHA Project Approval a Crucial Step in Selling Condominiums

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2010—Earlier this year, the FHA required all condominium developments to have their developments approved as a prerequisite to lending. Without “Project Approval,” the FHA would no longer insure loans, effectively stopping FHA lending within effected developments. ...


Energy Efficient Improvements Equal Big Savings for Homeowners

RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010—For most Americans, the holiday season means shopping for family and friends. But this year, spending a little money at home can equal big savings today, next year and for years to come. With time running out to cash in on the popular home energy efficiency tax ...


RREIN Gets Down to Business for Members: Network Garners Media Praise, Builds Members’ Success

RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010—Within the first six months since the initial launch of RISMedia's Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), Broker members are already benefiting from the variety of publicity opportunities RREIN provides. In addition to the Network’s strong presence at ...


Monday Morning Mobile: New Website Makes Mobile Easy

RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010—Redesigning and/or rejuvenating your website can be a daunting task. Just recently my team and I sat in our conference room for hours clicking through every possible inch of our existing website and mapping out what those clicks would lead to on the new site. While we ...


Home Refinancing Applications Drop as Interest Rates Rise

RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010—(MCT)—Brightening economic signs are pushing interest rates higher, choking off a surge in home refinancing at the same time that buyers are showing more willingness to purchase houses at today's beaten-down prices. Fannie Mae said that the typical rate mortgage lenders were offering on 30-year fixed loans ...


Empty Houses and Their Effect on Neighboring Homes

RISMEDIA, December 6, 2010—(MCT)—The abandoned rowhouse next door to Wendy and Brian Malaney has been a nightmare of a neighbor. The rowhouse's roofing material blew off, and water seeped through the Malaneys' adjoining walls. Later the pipes burst in the ...


Marketing Strategies: 7 Powerful Tips to Gain More Confidence

RISMEDIA, December 4, 2010—A client asked me recently how I would define confidence. I paused for a moment and replied: “Confidence is the inner knowing that you can achieve whatever you want.” What is your definition of confidence? In my ...


Creating a Memorable First Impression in an Online World

RISMEDIA, December 4, 2010—When it comes to online marketing, creating a good first impression is more important than ever as prospective buyers continue to turn to the Internet to begin their home search. Here, Ron Clarke, CEO of Century 21 Alliance in Buckingham, Pennsylvania discusses how his company is keeping ...


Baby Boomers Turn to Remodeling to Create User-Friendly Homes

RISMEDIA, December 4, 2010—(MCT)—Uneasiness is keeping some aging baby boomers in their current homes, even though that's not what they had in mind.  As REALTOR® Allan Domb, who sells condos in Philadelphia, sees it, "The decline in prices in the ...


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