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5 Points for Effective Leadership in Today’s Changing Market

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Real estate professionals are playing a critical role in moving the housing market forward through these tough times. Consumers, investors, builders and lenders have turned to highly trained and skilled agents to represent their interests in transactions ...


5 Tips That Could Save Your Direct Mail Campaign

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Are you worried that your direct mail campaign is stalling? Even though changes may be in store, you are probably closer to success than you ever imagined possible. By following the five tips below, you can save your direct mail campaign from disaster, and subsequently use this ...


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Shares How They Have Thrived during the Economic Downturn

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—The last few years have been tough for many brokers across the United States. While some merely try to survive in this economy, many have found ways to thrive. Mergers and acquisitions have become quite common as a result of brokers trying to maintain profitability and grow ...


Live Real Estate Town Hall Meeting Attracts Market Experts to Discuss Real Estate Crisis/Solutions

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Southern Californians who feel trapped or simply lack confidence in today’s real estate market can get some relief from regional business and real estate experts who will gather on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 7-9 pm at the Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, in San Diego at ...


Housing Market Recovery Depends on Jobs and Access to Credit, Says NAR

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Although the recent trend of rising long-term borrowing rates may mean higher mortgages for consumers in the coming months, the greater obstacles to housing market recovery are job creation and availability of credit, according to a National ...


Tips On How Buyers Can Sift through Housing Inventory Effectively and Efficiently

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—Five years ago, a serious buyer who was pre-approved for a mortgage loan typically spent three to four weeks looking for a home and usually visited 15-20 homes. Now the search can take much longer with the ...


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

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a no cost field guide to real estate transfer taxes from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; an exclusive offer for REALTORS® on an advanced identity protection service from REALTOR Benefits® Partner, IdentitySecureSM; and NAR is extending ...


3 Tips for Running Effective Sales Meetings

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—While many things have changed in the real estate industry the past few years, one thing that seems to have remained constant is the Weekly Sales Meeting. For better or worse, sales meetings are still taking place at brokerages around the country. My guess is that there ...


FHA Issues Annual Financial Status Report to Congress

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released its annual report to Congress on the financial status of its Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund, FHA’s principal insurance account that includes all single-family and reverse mortgage activity. FHA’s study finds that since last year, the capital reserve ratio held steady, ...


Social Networking Goes One Step Further – Facebook Launches Messaging Service

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—(MCT)—In a bold challenge to its rivals, Facebook Inc. is launching a messaging service for its more than half a billion users, setting off a battle that could shape the future of communication on the Internet. Facebook Messages will meld the three major forms of communication—e-mail, instant ...


Home-Seizure Process Can Heal or Hobble Housing Market

RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—(MCT)—California and Florida had a lot in common during the housing industry's last boom-and-bust cycle. Both were overrun by buyers hooked on high-risk mortgages, speculators who helped push prices to historic peaks and builders who didn't know ...


Incoming NAR President Sees Challenges, Opportunities in 2011

RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—Realtors are ready to meet the challenges of the coming year head-on, according to Ron Phipps, 2011 National Association of Realtors president. Phipps shared his perspective and insights into some of the key issues facing the real estate industry in the coming year during the 2010 REALTORS® ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Survey Finds New Trend in College Towns: Parent Investors Buying Homes vs. Spending on Rent or Dorms

RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—Every fall, parents wave goodbye as their college-bound kids pack up their belongings, make the drive down university lane and prepare for football games, mid-terms and freedom. While college living is often associated with dorms and campus housing, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC discovered that many parents ...


Well-Kept Yards Signal Neighborhood Safety, Suggests New Relocation Survey

RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—A new survey conducted by Relocation.com finds that 75% of Americans believe the most important factor in determining a neighborhood's safety is the up-keep of surrounding homes, especially the conditions of the front lawns, which trumps even Googling neighborhood statistics to get a feel for a community. ...


7 Strategies to Create a Social Networking Secret Sauce and Attract Good Leads and Referrals

RISMEDIA, November 15, 2010—So you’ve opened an account on Facebook. You’ve got a bunch of friends, including some past customers and clients. Your posts have been about interest rates, why now is a good time to buy, and your latest ...


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