Welcome!




Expand Your Education with These Courses from
A Consumer Advocate Approach to Real Estate: Course 1.
The Psychology of Consultative Selling: Skills for Sales Success: Part Four.
At Home with Diversity.
BPOs: The Agent's Role in the Valuation Process.
Bundle 3: CIPS Institute (US Version).

Real Estate Trends Archive


Upside-Down Homes Create New Pitfall for Real Estate Brokers

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2010—Painfully aware of the fact that many homeowners are upside-down (or underwater) with their current mortgages, brokers now need to be careful in listing the upside-down home. In Holmes v. Summers (Oct. 2010), a California appellate court ruled that sellers’ brokers can be held liable for ...


Homeowners’ Best Intentions Can Work Against Them in Mortgage Modification System Overwhelmed by Demand

RISMEDIA, October 29, 2010—(MCT)—Rogelio Huerta and Maria Soto did everything they were supposed to do to reduce the monthly mortgage payments on their Bellwood, Ill., home. Facing a cash crunch because his work hours were cut, they sought help from PNC Mortgage while they were still current on their payments. ...


Third Quarter Foreclosure Activity Up in 65 Percent of U.S. Metro Areas

RISMEDIA, October 28, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its Q3 2010 Metropolitan Foreclosure Market Report, which shows that cities in California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona once again accounted for all top 10 foreclosure rates in the third quarter among metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 ...


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.” ...


Our Latest News >>