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Why FHA Doesn’t Work for All Low Downpayment Buyers

RISMEDIA, November 24, 2010—During my years at PHH Mortgage and Realogy, I had the privilege to help build some of the most trusted brands in real estate, including Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA, Better Homes and Gardens, and Sotheby’s International Realty. My goal was always simple—to align national franchises with ...


Mobile Myths: Misconceptions about Evolving Mobile Technology

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—Within the next few years, more than 50% of searches will take place on a mobile device. There is enough talk out there about mobile technology to make your head spin. Smarter Agent has been working in ...


Company Spotlight: HSA Home Warranty’s Offerings Power Top Century 21 Brokerage’s Property Management Division

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—When Northern Virginia-based Century 21 New Millennium—ranked number one in the Century 21 System—went looking for a new home warranty partner this summer, it found everything and more with HSA Home Warranty. ...


New Roofing Options Allow Homeowners to Cut Energy Bills

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—(MCT)—When Scott Harris and Sarah Jack did a major renovation of their 1925 Teaneck, N.J., colonial in the summer of 2009, they kept the environment in mind—for example, choosing kitchen counters made of cement and recycled glass. ...


What Facebook Messages Mean for E-mail Marketers

RISMEDIA, November 23, 2010—(eM+C)—Facebook recently unveiled a messaging service called Messages, which combines traditional e-mail, instant messaging and cell phone text messages into one system, routing messages to whichever service is best for each individual. Facebook Messages is also designed to draw more of users’ time to the social networking ...


5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—It’s one thing when someone says “Things are looking up,” but quite another when the numbers actually bear that out. Happily, the latter is the case, evidenced by the latest statistics that show that home prices may ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Calcagni Associates Real Estate – Homegrown Solutions and a Nurturing Culture Fuel Success

Maria Patterson: Please tell us about the company’s history in the New Haven County, Connecticut, marketplace. ...


Delinquency Rate for Mortgages Decrease

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—(MCT)—A larger share of homes entered the foreclosure process in the third quarter, though the delinquency rate for mortgages dropped, the Mortgage Bankers Association recently reported. ...


Housing Remains Highly Affordable for Seventh Consecutive Quarter

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—Housing affordability remained near its highest level nationwide for the seventh consecutive quarter as interest rates dipped below 5% for the first time since the series was first compiled nearly two decades ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are You a Salesperson or a Service Person?

RISMEDIA, November 20, 2010—Have you ever considered this question: When you are doing your real estate business, do you feel more like a "salesperson" or more like a “service person?” ...


Compensation of Losses for Deepwater Oil Spill

RISMEDIA, November 20, 2010—When BP’s oil spill reached the shores of Alabama in early June 2010, Realtors’ losses were not deemed eligible for compensation. Thanks to the joint efforts of eight Realtors in the area who were appointed to advocate for agents and brokers, several weeks of campaigning showed that ...


Builders and Consumers Perceive Green Homes as Affordable to Live in but Expensive to Build

RISMEDIA, November 20, 2010—Green homes offer a wide variety of benefits from reducing carbon footprints to saving money on utility bills to even improving the health of children. However, a recent Whirlpool Corporation and Habitat for Humanity survey conducted ...


Home Buyers Get Creative to Close Real Estate Deals

RISMEDIA, November 19, 2010—(MCT)—When Efrain Hernandez couldn't seal a deal before the first-time home buyer tax credit expired earlier this year, he lost faith that he would ever own a house in a market where investors and all-cash buyers are ...


Warren Buffet to Be Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

RISMEDIA, November 19, 2010—According to MarketWatch, investor Warren Buffett is among the winners of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Buffett runs Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which is the parent company of HomeServices of America. HomeServices is comprised of 22 real estate companies, including Huff Realty, a member of RISMedia’s Real ...


Innovation Contest to Change the Face of the Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, November 19, 2010—As innovation prizes continue to gain in popularity, the real estate industry has jumped on board to the tune of $25,000. MRIS, a leading real estate data company and one of the largest MLSs recently launched the $25,000 MRIS Real Estate Innovation Contest to find a next ...


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