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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 ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Enter to Mobile at Exit

RISMEDIA, November 15, 2010—As attendees of the 12th Annual Exit International Convention and Gala poured into Marsalis Hall at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas recently for the cocktail party and exhibitor launch, it was clear that mobile technology would have a big impact on the conference. The first 500 attendees ...


Third Quarter Metro Area Home Prices Hold during Post-Credit Sales Decline

RISMEDIA, November 15, 2010—Fully half of the metropolitan areas tracked in the third quarter of 2010 continued to show modest home price increases from a year ago, despite a sharp decline in home sales after the deadline for the home ...


The REALTOR Benefits Program Gets Personal – with Dental Insurance and Identity Security

RISMEDIA, November 15, 2010—NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program is getting personal. Typically, NAR members have taken advantage of the program’s exclusive offers to boost their business: saving on marketing tools that will strengthen client relationships, for instance, or purchasing new office equipment with special discounts. But the two latest additions to ...


ERA Real Estate Launches ERA TopRecruiter System to Provide Brokers with Critical Business-Building Tool

RISMEDIA, November 15, 2010—ERA Franchise Systems LLC, a franchising leader in the residential real estate industry, has launched ERA TopRecruiter, a unique and innovative new recruiting system designed to help ERA franchisees attract and retain productive sales associates while also addressing the obstacles that prevent many brokers from recruiting. ERA ...


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