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Real Estate Trends Archive


HUD Releases First Comprehensive Housing Survey of New Orleans Metropolitan Area Since Hurricane Katrina

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—In the five years since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast, the New Orleans metropolitan area lost 75,000 housing units or nearly 13% of its housing stock. In addition, the median monthly cost of housing rose by nearly 33%, from $662 in 2004 to $882 in 2009. ...


Company Spotlight: Riding in the Front Seat of the Mobile Movement – DocuSign Dives into Mobile Market

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—It’s been a busy year for DocuSign. Already leaders in the electronic signature space, the company has taken a cue from its customers and jumped into the mobile market, never looking back. Since last fall, the company has not only created the ability to electronically sign documents ...


Tips to Put a Successful Prospect Marketing Plan in Place

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—What are you doing to prospect for new business? When I pose this question to brokers and agents, I usually don’t get a concise response. I usually hear a laundry list of things that agents are trying ...


Branding By Video, Part II

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—In our last installment, we learned the number one reason businesses use online video is to reinforce branding. We also learned that branding’s primary goal is to trigger immediate, positive recognition - and set you apart from your competition. ...


Turn Individual Achievements into Multiple Sales – Broadcast Accomplishments to Past and Future Clients

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—Have you ever been shocked to see a property in your area get listed by a less qualified agent? This can be frustrating and demoralizing. You know your marketplace better than any other Realtor and your success proves it. When this occurs, you have an ignorant homeowner ...


Corporate Product Branding Key to Client Development and Referrals

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—When corporate product retailers develop a product and allow another company’s service added to the initial marketing product, it is called an umbrella or piggy back market branding. The strength of the initial product will enhance the umbrella company to develop its own business and service it ...


Housing Regulator Prepares Changes for Reverse Mortgages

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Housing Administration isn't talking publicly about it, but the agency may be getting ready to lessen the upfront costs of reverse mortgages for some borrowers. The agency also, however, may be reducing the amount seniors ...


Competitive Differentiation: What Really Works

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—While all real estate companies claim to be “different than the rest,” to consumers, most real estate companies seem about the same. What’s more, today’s consumer is wiser and more demanding than ever. Armed with market information ...


Web Strategy Results – Tips to Differentiate Yourself in Today’s Marketplace

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Web marketing continues to be a hot-button topic. There’s no doubt that given the attention being paid to this topic, this is the year to refocus, reinvent and retool your business. Those who do will no doubt ...


Monday Morning Mobile: From Concept to Practice

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—While we spend a lot of time on Monday mornings talking about technology and how it can be used to benefit real estate agents and agencies, rarely have we looked at how to take the concept and turn it into practice. This week, let’s look at some ...


Obama Administration Awards Additional $1 Billion to Stabilize Neighborhoods Hard-Hit by Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan awarded an additional $1 billion in funding to all states along with a number of counties and local communities struggling to reverse the effects of the foreclosure crisis. The grants announced today represent a third round of funding through ...


Home Value Depreciation Stays Constant in July 2010

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Home value depreciation stayed constant in July 2010 with home values registering a 0.2% decline between June and July and a 3.2% decline over the past year, according to Zillow’s July Real Estate Market Reports. The rate of home value depreciation was -0.4% in December ...


9 Body Language Do’s and Don’ts to Help You Win in the Business World

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—Today's business world is more competitive than ever. As the economy continues to struggle, competition for jobs, clients, sales—you name it—continues to be tight. If you're sure you've been saying all the right things, but you still can't get ahead, author Sharon Sayler suggests you consider what ...


Study: Green Buildings May Reap Benefits Including Less Absenteeism and Higher Productivity

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—(MCT)—Is where you work making you sick? A new study finds that employees who move from buildings with poor indoor environmental quality to more healthful "green" buildings may reap some benefits, including less absenteeism and higher productivity. ...


HUD Home Warranty RESPA Guidance Answers Questions and Raises Them

RISMEDIA, September 11, 2010—On June 25, 2010, HUD issued guidance on the appropriate circumstances under which brokers and agents can be compensated on a per-transaction basis for selling home warranties under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). NAR and ...