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Reverse Mortgage Changes Take Today’s Real Estate Market into Consideration

RISMEDIA, October 23, 2010—(MCT)—If you’ve been toying with the idea of taking out a reverse mortgage, it is important to take into consideration that today’s market is significantly different from what it was just a couple of months ago. Monthly ...


The Perfect Partnership – Zillow, Yahoo! Real Estate Team Up to Offer Agents an Opportunity to Get More Views on Listings in Less Time

RISMEDIA, October 23, 2010—Already major players in the real estate space individually, Zillow and Yahoo! Real Estate recently announced a partnership through which Zillow will power Yahoo! Real Estate’s listings and also work as the advertising team for both sites, respectively. Given the size of this partnership, will this bring ...


6 Reasons Why It’s Smart to Buy a Vacation Rental Home Now

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2010—Lately, you've been thinking a lot about investing strategies. You have a small nest egg that needs to grow, but frankly you don't trust the stock market. And while real estate has been somewhat of a rocky road in recent years, it's still a solid long-term investment ...


Real Estate Experts Discuss What They Would Do to Improve the Real Estate Industry if They Had a Magic Wand

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2010—At one time or another, everyone has found themselves in situations where they have regretted wishing for something because of a bad outcome. But what would you wish for if you were given a magic wand today ...


Price Reductions Continue to Climb for Fourth Consecutive Month

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2010—Trulia.com, a top site for home buyers, sellers and renters, announced that price reductions for home listings currently on the market in the U.S. have increased for the fourth consecutive month to an all-time high of 27% ...


Real Estate Agents Turn to Social Media to Connect with Clients

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2010—(MCT)—When real estate agent Sarah Elles Boggs walks into one of downtown Miami's condo towers for a showing, she pulls out her Android smart phone, "checks in" on a GPS-powered Web platform called Foursquare, blasts her whereabouts on Twitter, and leaves behind a location-based "tip" in the ...


Realogy Announces Initiative to Assist its Franchisees Accelerate Their Market Share Growth via Mergers and Acquisitions

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2010—Realogy Corporation, one of the largest providers of real estate and relocation services in the United States, announced an initiative* designed to help its franchisees grow their businesses and increase their market share through mergers, acquisitions and agent walk-overs from other firms. Realogy's real estate franchise brands ...


Single-Family Housing Starts Rise 4.4 Percent in September 2010

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—Nationwide housing starts edged up 0.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000 units in September, due entirely to a 4.4% gain in the single-family sector, according to U.S. Commerce Department figures. "Builders are cautiously responding ...


The Aging Agent Population and Its Implications on the Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—Stefan Swanepoel, noted expert on real estate business trends and social media was the keynote speaker at the recent Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) annual conference in Chicago. Within the first 20 minutes, Swanepoel imparted one very important statistic—the age of real estate agents nationwide. ...


Honesty and Integrity are Critical Components in Today’s Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—I recently spent time with an amazing group of Coldwell Banker agents who came to our corporate office to provide us with a sense of the challenges they and consumers are facing today. I was inspired by Cindy Yoder of Coldwell Banker Vinson Chase in Modesto, California. ...


Point2 Examines U.S. Broker and Agent Market Sentiment in Real Estate Confidence Index

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—Real estate broker and agent outlook for the United States market declined by 8.42% in September 2010, versus August, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Continued weakness in confidence sent the U.S. Real Estate Confidence Index (RECI) to its lowest level since Point2 (www.Point2.com) began to track real ...


Using Virtual Tours to Generate Leads

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2010—One of the biggest challenges for a real estate professional is to find prospects to work with. We market ourselves in many different ways looking for leads all the time. A lead could be a free tip from a friend that someone is looking to buy or ...


Content is King – Find Out Why at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—It is hard not to notice what consumers want these days: information. They crave it. Gone are the days when real estate professionals held tight to property details and neighborhood information. Now, any consumer can find that ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: find even more resources for your success at the expanded NAR booth at the Conference & Expo; get your Field Guide for Understanding the Do-Not-Call Policy at no-cost from Right Tools, Right Now; and eight in 10 ...


Home Sales Continue Post-Tax Credit Correction

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—The summer season of home buying was a difficult one because many buyers purchased earlier in the spring in an attempt to qualify for the government’s tax credit. Now the market is still attempting to return to traditional seasonal trends. A monthly survey of 54 metropolitan areas ...


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