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Finding Success in Today’s Market: Educate, Educate, Educate

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—Educating agents on the realities of today’s market is one of the easiest ways for real estate professionals to drive success to their company. Here, read how Patti Siebold, president/co-owner/operating principal of Keller Williams Realty Premier Partners in Vancouver, Washington, goes above and beyond to make sure ...


The Key to Hyperlocal Marketing

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—The science of hyperlocal marketing requires “feet in the street” to become most effective. A hyperlocal marketing system designed by 1parkplace, for example, includes a strategy that combines offline marketing, online marketing, solid technology and a social media strategy for a brokerage firm to dominate its market. ...


Mobile Real Estate Selected as Mobile Technology Sponsor of CAR Expo

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—Recognizing the giant leap mobile technology and the mobile Web has taken in the past year, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) has selected Mobile Real Estate LLC as its mobile technology sponsor of the 2010 CAR Realtor Expo, scheduled for October 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention ...


Existing-Home Sales Move Up in August

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—Existing-home sales rose in August 2010 following a big correction in July, according to the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 7.6% to a seasonally ...


HUD Offers 19 Million Dollars to Clean Up Hazards in Housing

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering $19.6 million in grants to prevent and correct housing-related health and safety hazards in low-income housing and to support programs for the control of asthma among residents in federally assisted multifamily housing. ...


The Off-Season Audit: How to Take a Guests-Eye View of Your Property

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—It's that time of year again. Summer is gone and the "off season" has begun. Between counting your rental income and planning a few autumn weekends in your vacation home, you may have found yourself wondering how you can shore up more bookings in the future. Vacation ...


Obama Administration September Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Advances in Housing Market; Challenges Remain

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the September edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard), a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The ...


American Dream of Homeownership as Means of Saving and Investing No Longer Valid

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—(MCT)—Homeownership, long trumpeted as the American dream, has turned into a nightmare for many, especially those whom life has dealt unexpected blows. Secure in their jobs, with plenty of savings and good health when they bought their ...


A Recipe for Success

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—Finding success in today’s real estate market is proving to be a challenge to real estate professionals across the board. Here, Maurice Vaughn, CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Hometown Connection in Clarksville, Tennessee discusses how he has set his company up for success in today’s ...


HUD Allocates 50 Million Dollars in Disaster Recovery Grants to Three States Severely Impacted by Storms and Floods

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Shaun Donovan allocated $50 million in disaster funding slated for Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The supplemental disaster funding, provided through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, will help support the long-term disaster recovery and critical infrastructure needs in ...


ZipRealty Releases Inaugural “Sale Rack Report” Identifying Country’s Most Discounted Homes

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—Retailers aren't the only ones slashing prices this fall to attract shoppers. National real estate brokerage ZipRealty's inaugural Sale Rack Report finds that many home sellers are aggressively reducing their asking prices, some by more than two thirds of the original list prices and tens of thousands ...


Housing Starts Jump 10.5 Percent in August 2010

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—(MCT)—New housing starts surged 10.5% in August 2010 to the highest level since spring, but the activity was driven by a sharp spike in apartment construction, government data showed. Housing starts rose in August to an annualized ...


Considering a Short Sale? What to Keep In Mind as You Begin the Process

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—(MCT)—Bill Joyce starts every short sale journey with "The Speech." In a what's-ahead warning to home buyers, the Roseville real estate broker promises prospective buyers that they will be tested and tortured. They will endure privations beyond ...


Company Spotlight: Lowen Sign Provides Reece and Nichols Price, Quality and Speed It Needs to Thrive

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—Having a strong, reliable partner is something all real estate brokerages hope to have in their vendor relationships. Such is the case with Leawood, Kansas-based Reece and Nichols, which has found a happy home for its sign production with Lowen Sign, located across the state in Hutchinson. ...


HUD Offers 1.68 Billion Dollars in Homeless Assistance Grants to Support Thousands of Local Projects Nationwide

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making available $1.68 billion in homeless assistance grants to thousands of local projects that house and serve homeless persons and families across the country. In its funding announcement, HUD notified applicants that it will rapidly award renewal grants ...


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