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What the Federal Reserve Board’s Final Rule on Loan Originator Compensation Means to You

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—On August 16, 2010, the Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) published its final rule on loan originator compensation. The rule amends Regulation Z and is effective for applications taken on or after April 1, 2011. The cornerstone of this rule is to preclude loan originators (retail loan ...


4 Steps to Create Powerful Website Engagement Points That Will Connect with Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—A key element to any website strategy is having calls to action (engagement points) sprinkled strategically throughout your site. Your website should immediately “connect” to the people that visit so that they feel they have come to ...


This Week’s Video Tip: Viewers Have Choices

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—Did you know that in the early years of television, TV’s didn’t have remote controls? You actually had to get up to change channels. There wasn’t even a mute button. And speaking of channels, there were only three—ABC, NBC and CBS. ...


Healthy Housing Sector Critical to Overall Economy and Sustainable Economic Recovery

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—(MCT)—Children could be prevented from realizing their potential in school and eventually in the labor force as consequences from home foreclosures endure for years, a Federal Reserve official said recently. ...


New GDP Numbers Show Economy Growing Slowly

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—(MCT)—The economy grew at a tepid 2% annual rate from July through September 2010, the government reported recently, slightly better than before, but not strong enough to reduce unemployment. The 2% annual rate in the third quarter was slightly stronger than the 1.7% revised rate for the ...


Get the Most Out of Your Furniture – How to Check for Comfort and Durability

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2010—(MCT)—When men buy "guy stuff"—cars, lawn mowers, electronics—they're on their home turf. For those purchases, "Men can rely on familiar brand names and test drives to guide their decision-making," says Jackie Hirschhaut, spokesperson for the American Home ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Prudential Americana Group – Serious about Business, Serious about Success

Maria Patterson: How did your career at Prudential Americana Group evolve? ...


Monday Morning Mobile: From Concept to Practice

RISMEDIA, November 1, 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 ...


Who’s Speaking at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR?

RISMEDIA, November 1, 2010—RISMedia’s 15th Annual Power Broker Forum is this Friday…and it’s not to be missed! At RISMedia’s 15th Annual Power Broker Forum—Information Share = Market Share—to be held during the NAR Conference and Expo, top brokers will dissect the topic, “Information Share = Market Share.” ...


Half-Built Homes: As Housing Market Continues to Improve, Situation Will Eventually Correct Itself

RISMEDIA, November 1, 2010—(MCT)—Every night before he goes to sleep, Ted Bachrach sets out four rat traps along a construction site next to his well-tended yard. In the morning, Bachrach gets up, makes coffee and removes the traps before he ...


Point2′s Saul Klein Featured in Groundbreaking New Social Media Bestseller

RISMEDIA, November 1, 2010—Point2 announced the participation of Saul Klein, senior vice president, Point2, in industry veteran Allan Dalton’s critically acclaimed new book, Leveraging Your Links – How to Do More Business Off- and Online, a guide to developing a business-building social media marketing strategy. ...


Standing Up to Negativity: How to Counter Media Reports

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2010—As the saying goes, no news is good news. But unfortunately, there’s lots of news about real estate these days—most of it bad. From rising foreclosure rates to dismal post-tax credit reports, media headlines continue to be ...


The Value of Corporate Citizenship in Today’s Economy

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2010—While real estate professionals across the country are doing everything they can to keep their companies profitable, many have placed their charitable giving on hold. But, it is important to note that being a good corporate citizen is more important than ever. Michelle Nixon-Watson, marketing specialist with ...


How to Determine Whether the Vacation Rental Lifestyle is Right for You

RISMEDIA, October 30, 2010—More and more people are investing in vacation homes today. And no wonder: between unbelievable real estate prices, low interest rates, and a rapidly growing base of potential customers, vacationers who'd rather stay in a charming beach ...


New-Home Sales Climb 6.6 Percent in September 2010

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2010—(MCT)—Sales of new homes climbed 6.6% in September 2010, figures released by the federal government showed, representing the second straight month of gains, but still well below the pace when a tax credit existed. Sales of new ...


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