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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 ...


6 Web Strategies for Working Neighborhoods

RISMEDIA, December 3, 2010—Are there neighborhoods that are considered “hot” places to settle down or perhaps that are on the right cycle to experience significant turnaround? Adding neighborhoods to your site can be a powerful way to show that you ...


U.S. Pending Home Sales Jump 10.4 Percent in October 2010

RISMEDIA, December 3, 2010—Pending home sales jumped in October 2010, showing a positive uptrend since bottoming in June, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator, rose 10.4% to 89.3 based on contracts ...


6 Steps to Consistently Listing FSBOs

RISMEDIA, December 3, 2010—In this article we’re going to outline a six-step process you can follow to consistently list more for sale by owners (FSBOs). The purpose of this process is to start a conversation with FSBOs in your market and position yourself as their go to person when they ...


Foreclosure Homes Account for 25 Percent of All Residential Sales in Third Quarter 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, December 3, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its Q3 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Sales Report, which shows that foreclosure homes accounted for 25% of all U.S. residential sales in the third quarter of 2010 and that the average sales price of properties that sold while in ...


REALTORS Say Mortgage Interest Deduction Vital to Homeownership and Economy

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—The following is a statement by National Association of REALTORS® President Ron Phipps regarding their view of mortgage interest deduction and its effect on homeownership and the economy. "As the leading advocate for housing and homeownership issues, ...


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 ...


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