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Real Estate Trends Archive


Ensure That Leadership is Part of the DNA of Your Organization

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—As a REALTOR® association executive, you are not only responsible for the constant improvement of your personal leadership skills, but also for the growth and cultivation of your volunteer leaders. You are responsible for inculcating in the mind of the novitiate volunteer, not only the traits, characteristics ...


Decoding the Smart Label – How Smart Homes Really Work and What the Label Means

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2010—(MCT)—Home construction is one of those things that really hasn’t changed a whole lot for hundreds of years. For example, if you look at the houses in Colonial Williamsburg, they have pitched roofs with shingles, walls with ...


Mobile Lead Generation Meets Mobile Lead Management – REALTOR.com and Top Producer Mobilize the Marketplace

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—Up until 2009, the first few real estate applications that arrived on the scene for smartphones were certainly visually exciting. But although they were interesting examples of new technology for real estate, it was not clear if ...


Weekly Video Tip: Monopods

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. One of the basics of shooting a good video is to always use a tripod. You’ll be rewarded with steadier shots, smoother pans, and a more enjoyable experience. ...


Bernanke Ready to Spur More Growth

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—(MCT)—Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, citing the threat of prolonged high unemployment and an economy potentially falling into a dangerous deflationary spiral, Friday laid out a case for the central bank to buy more U.S. government bonds in a bid to bolster growth. ...


Realtors Support FHFA Proposal to End Private Transfer Fees

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—The National Association of Realtors (NAR) strongly supports the proposed guidance from the Federal Housing Finance Agency to prevent government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks from investing in mortgages encumbered by private transfer fee covenants. ...


Breathe Easier: 10 Tips to Banish Mold from the Home

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2010—Often, our first encounter with mold at home occurs in that infamous spot between the shower curtain and tub. It’s pretty disgusting, but it’s easy to wipe up. Unfortunately, in most homes, this isn’t the extent of ...


Mortgage Insurance Plays Increasing Role in Optimizing Home Financing

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—In today’s dicey lending environment, many a would-be home buyer often falls into one of two camps: uninformed or running scared. Unfortunately, tightening lending standards and a pervasive unease about the overall economy have combined to keep ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Text in the City

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—While text message lead generation services have spread across real estate firms nationwide, it always seemed that the use of these services were few and far between when you walked around New York City. Why? One of the reasons we launched our text message lead generation service, ...


A Smooth Transition – Baird & Warner Chooses Google Apps to Enable Growth and Mobility

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—Family owned and operated since 1855, Baird & Warner is one of the oldest residential real estate brokerages in the nation, with 26 branch offices servicing more than 300 communities throughout northeastern Illinois. Baird & Warner provides a full range of services for consumers including residential sales, ...


Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America Join Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—The Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America—two of the most recognized and influential consumer protection organizations in the nation—joined the Coalition to Stop Wall Street Home Resale Fees. Adding their voices to the diverse coalition ...


Taking the Mystery out of Marketing Services Fees

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—The Dilemma and Opportunity ...


Taking Chances in Today’s Market – Open Doors and Find Success

RISMEDIA, October 18, 2010—While today’s economy and real estate market have many real estate professionals and architects closing up shop, it has also provided numerous opportunities for those looking to take advantage of any open doors that pop up along the way. Not one to let  ...


Home Sellers Must Look Beyond Price Cuts in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2010—(MCT)—Ken and Linda Bolsch put their five-bedroom, five-year-old Mahwah, N.J., colonial on the market in January, sure that buyers would appreciate its low taxes, wooded lot, and impeccable decor and landscaping. But after nine months—and a price ...


5 Ways to Prepare for a Breakout Success

RISMEDIA, October 16, 2010—Today’s challenging market has proven to be a career-defining opportunity for real estate agents looking to stay ahead of the competition. Agents who understand that real estate is a marketing business have taken the first step toward finding success in today’s market. Robb Murry, chief marketing officer, ...


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