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New Internet SEO Technology Changing the Face of Real Estate

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—The real estate industry has seen a huge number of changes over the past 20 years with the advent of pagers, cell phones and the Internet, and a new one coming out now for search engine optimization will do the same thing with how agents market themselves ...


Company Spotlight: Providing a Consistent Message – Video Library Offers On-Demand Training

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—How do we get consistency into our training? What incentives do I offer my recruiting candidates? What can I do to motivate my agents to prospect? These are just some of the questions on the minds of real estate professionals today. And the answer is simple, according ...


Fannie Mae Announces Support for Military Homeowners

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—At a recently held event at the Pentagon, Fannie Mae and the U.S. Army announced new initiatives to help service members who are struggling with their mortgage payments avoid foreclosure. The effort includes a mortgage payment forbearance of up to six months where the death or injury ...


HUD Announces More Than 5.1 Million Dollars for Housing Counseling Training

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—As part of the Obama Administration’s continuing effort to provide quality housing counseling to the nation’s homeowners, buyers and renters; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability of more than $5.1 million in grants for housing counseling training. HUD’s goal is to fund ...


Housing Tax Incentives Benefit Younger Households Most

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—New research from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals that the benefits of housing-related tax deductions, such as the mortgage interest deduction, generally decline in value as individuals age. Using Internal Revenue Service Statistics of ...


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

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: archived webinars available at no cost from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; Realtors Property Resource™ announces 100 MLS milestone; and existing home sales move up in August. ...


U.S. Home Prices Up 0.6 Percent in July 2010

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—Data through July 2010, released by Standard & Poor's for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, one of the leading measures of U.S. home prices, show that the annual growth rates in 16 of the 20 MSAs and the 10- and 20-City Composites slowed in July compared to ...


Conceive, Believe and Achieve – 3 Tips to Help You Clarify and Achieve Your Goals

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—I am frequently asked what I think the single most important factor is in determining the success or failure of a salesperson. My response is often met with surprise, because most people expect me to say something about the necessity of hard work and product knowledge, or ...


A Preventive Maintenance Checklist for Savvy Second Homeowners

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—It's one thing to examine your property with an eye toward pleasing your guests, but smart second homeowners realize the value of regular preventive maintenance as well. Even if your guests don't notice, say, a leaky roof, it's likely to cause bigger, more expensive problems down the ...


Impending FHA Changes Underscore Need for Realtors to Stay Apprised of Mortgage Options

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—On October 4, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will implement changes to the premium structures for an FHA-backed mortgage, making it more costly for home buyers to procure FHA loan products. This imminent change in FHA lending, ...


Weekly Video Tip: Neighborhood Video Tours

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—When brokers and agents think of video, the first thing that comes to mind is often a home video tour. And while that’s certainly not a bad idea, another approach can make a major impact as well—and that’s a video tour of the neighborhood. After all, ...


Gap in Mortgage Availability: One Third of Americans Highly Unlikely to Qualify for a Mortgage

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—Nearly one-third of Americans are unlikely to qualify for a mortgage because their credit scores are too low, making homeownership out of reach for many. This is according to an analysis of more than 25,000 loan quotes ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Home, Condo Sales Up in August 2010

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—Sales of existing homes in Florida rose 1% in August 2010, with a total of 13,997 homes sold statewide compared to 13,908 homes sold in August 2009, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. Statewide existing home sales in August increased 3% over statewide ...


First-Time Home Buyers Stoke Demand for Smaller, Less Expensive Homes

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—A growing segment of the housing market—first-time home buyers—are contributing to an increase in demand for smaller and less expensive new homes, according to research from economists at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). ...


HUD Announces New Reverse Mortgage Option

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a new modified version of its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) product. The HECM loan is a reverse mortgage insured by the federal government. It allows older home owners to tap into their equity to cover living expenses and health care ...


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