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How Decrease in Nationwide Mobility Is Affecting Underwater Homeowners

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—(MCT)—Melinda Thompson can't afford to live in North Jersey. And she can't afford to leave. Her property taxes have risen from about $7,000 to about $12,000 in just seven years. She struggles with her mortgage payments, even ...


Meeting the Demands of Consumers’ Home-Search Needs

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—Consumers have been searching for homes based on lifestyle for many years. But with the growing trend of prospective buyers looking to the Internet to begin their home search, it is crucial that we get back to the basics when considering lifestyle search and how it best ...


9 Tips for Attracting Off-Season Guests to Your Vacation Home

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—It's almost time to start thinking about building fires in the fireplace, bundling up in your warmest sweater, sipping hot cocoa while you watch the snow, and start fretting over that unrented vacation home. While T.S. Eliot may think that April is the cruelest month, for many ...


Faithful Mortgage Payments and Their Effect on the Economy

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—(MCT)—For almost two years, home foreclosures have swept the nation, spreading misery among once-buoyant families, spattering lenders with red ink and undermining efforts to restart the economy. But a bigger problem may turn out to be the ...


Getting Your E-mail Marketing Campaigns in the Google Priority Box

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—Google recently introduced Gmail Priority Inbox, which is great in theory, but is based on algorithms having to do with replies as opposed to abstract decision making. Essentially, it splits a user’s inbox into three sections: important and unread; starred; and everything else. Gmail’s servers prioritize based ...


10 Ways Real Estate Investors Can Take Advantage of Today’s Market and Build Wealth

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—As co-president of Dallas-based HomeVestors of America, Inc., one of the leading buyers of houses in the U.S., David Hicks is often asked for advice based on the company’s 15-year track record helping investors buy and sell “ugly houses.” With just under 200 franchises in 33 ...


Fed Plans 600 Billion Dollar Bond Purchase to Spark Economy

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—(MCT)—In the wake of congressional elections that weakened President Barack Obama and slammed the door on any new economic stimulus, the Federal Reserve unveiled a controversial new plan to spur the faltering U.S. economy by pumping $600 billion into the financial system. ...


Tips, Time Savers and Hope for the Over-Connected

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—Have you ever felt that with every new communication technology you employ you get more work? You’re not alone. Here are a few quick tips from HWA’s online guru to help you take back some of that ...


Recruiting Experienced Agents – A FSBO Campaign for Brokers

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—Many brokers have spent time teaching their agents how to go after FSBO’s. The first thing that the agent needs to understand is that prospecting FSBO’s is a lot of work and, therefore, requires a strong commitment. The second thing is that they must work to earn ...


From Concept to Practice – Implement a Mobile Marketing Strategy into Your Business

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—While I spend a lot of time in this column talking about technology and how it can be used to benefit real estate agents and agencies, rarely have we looked at how to take the concept and turn it into practice. This month, let’s look at some ...


Massive Auction of 600 Foreclosed Homes Sweeps through Arizona

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—A flood of 600 foreclosed homes will head to the auction block in Phoenix, Tucson and Kingman from November 9-14. Hudson & Marshall, a leading real estate auction firm, will auction the properties. In a market like Arizona, where housing values have plummeted over the past four ...


Renovations Halted by Recession Leave Homes in Limbo

RISMEDIA, November 4, 2010—(MCT)—Ralph and Gloria Dickerson began a $150,000 expansion of their Englewood, N.J., house in 2004. But the work dwindled to a halt several years ago, and foreclosure proceedings were started on the house last year. The property ...


Heading to New Orleans? 2 Days until RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—Real estate professionals are well aware of the fact that today’s consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet to find information. With the ease at which information can be found, real estate professionals must continue to think ...


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

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: Social Media for REALTORS®: Blogging product now available at-cost from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; educational opportunities available from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program; and don’t miss the newly expanded NAR booth #1119 at the REALTORS® Conference ...


Leadership, Recruitment, Training and Growth Opportunities Lay Foundation for Successful Agent Retention

RISMEDIA, November 3, 2010—What are the critical factors that contribute to the retention of top producing real estate agents? Why are some managers able to consistently recruit and retain quality agents, while others have a revolving door? Excessive personnel turnover is not only unhealthy for the morale of a sales ...


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