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Obama Administration October Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Signs of Stabilization in House Prices and High Home Affordability

RISMEDIA, October 28, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the October edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard). The latest housing figures show continued signs of ...


Pandora for Real Estate? Build upon Your Strengths to Benefit Today’s MLS Members and Consumers

RISMEDIA, October 28, 2010—If you listen closely, there is a thumping, an underscore that can be heard in virtually all conversations happening within the MLS community; just like the bass line of a great rock and roll song—driving the tempo, defining the energy, making it stick in your head for ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: How to Stay Positive No Matter What

RISMEDIA, October 28, 2010—It is more important than ever that we find ways to stay positive, especially as we continue to make our way through today’s real estate market. Your success depends on your mindset, not on the economy or the marketplace. How do I know this to be a ...


Regional Spotlight: Home Values Continue to Rise in Ohio

RISMEDIA, October 28, 2010—Home values continue to rise which is good news for central Ohio. The average sale price for the first nine months of the year is $161,204, up 7.4% from the beginning of 2010 according to the Columbus Board of Realtors®. ...


Zillow CEO Discusses Evolving Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, October 27, 2010—As the real estate industry waxed and waned over the past several years, Zillow has gone from suspect intruder to trusted partner. Here, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff explains how both the industry and Zillow have evolved together, ...


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

RISMEDIA, October 27, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: publications including “Success as a Real Estate Agent for Dummies” available at-cost from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; My Fedex Rewards Points now add up faster than ever—NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program Participant, Fedex Office; and September ...


Enhance Your Well-Being: Nurse Your Sick Home Back to Health

RISMEDIA, October 27, 2010—A new home may have freshly painted shutters, a picket fence around it, and rainbow-colored flower patches leading to the candy-red door. But if the air quality isn’t good inside, those exterior niceties become insignificant—and—quite simply, you ...


Real Estate Success Starts with Creating a Culture of Accountability and Innovation

RISMEDIA, October 27, 2010—Several years ago, I was having dinner with a senior executive of a large real estate organization who made an interesting statement that, I believe, explains why we continue to see brokerages resisting change: He stated that agents are afraid of consumers, managers are afraid of agents ...


California Home Sales Post Second Consecutive Monthly Gain in September, C.A.R. Reports

RISMEDIA, October 27, 2010—California home sales posted their second consecutive monthly gain in September 2010, but were down from the same period a year ago, according to data from the California association of Realtors® (C.A.R.). "We've seen a gradual improvement in the market over the past few months as we ...


Full-Motion Video Makes for Virtual Tours 2.0

RISMEDIA, October 26, 2010—TourFactory, an innovator in real estate marketing solutions, announced today the ability to incorporate full motion video into its virtual tour platform. These new video-capable tours now support the use of still photography, moving panoramic images as well as video clips in a seamless presentation. ...


Existing-Home Sales Show Another Strong Gain in September

RISMEDIA, October 26, 2010—Existing-home sales rose again in September 2010, affirming that a sales recovery has begun, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 10.0% to ...


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

RISMEDIA, October 26, 2010—What would a “Power Broker” panel be without some big-name “Power Brokers.” At RISMedia’s 15th Annual Power Broker Forum—Information Share = Market Share—to be held next month during the NAR Conference and Expo, top brokers will dissect the topic, “Information Share = Market Share.” ...


EXIT Realty Corp. International Names VScreen as Video Provider

RISMEDIA, October 26, 2010—EXIT Realty Corp. International has chosen Orlando-based VScreen, Inc. as its Preferred Video Provider for corporate online marketing. EXIT Realty Founder and CEO, Steve Morris, cited VScreen’s quality of content, production, and experience in the real estate industry as key factors that led to the decision. ...


Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Bailouts Could Hit 363 Billion Dollars

RISMEDIA, October 26, 2010—(MCT)—The taxpayer bailouts of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could cost as much as $363 billion through 2013, according to government projections. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which has regulated the former government-sponsored enterprises since they were seized during the financial crisis in 2008, ...


When Times Are Tough, Don’t Stop Giving – Corporate Responsibility and Goodwill Don’t Go Unnoticed

RISMEDIA, October 25, 2010—It’s hard to focus on anything but the business of listing and selling real estate, particularly in the midst of one of the deepest real estate downturns most of us have seen in our careers. NAR’s existing-homes ...


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