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Real Estate Trends Archive


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 ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Mobile Ads Benefit Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, October 25, 2010—Earlier this year a lot of attention was drawn to the world of mobile technology and mobile advertising in particular, when both Google and Apple decided to ramp up their mobile advertising businesses. In January, Apple bought mobile advertising company Quattro for $275 million. A couple months ...


7 Real Estate ‘Squeeze Page’ Lead-Capture Ideas

RISMEDIA, October 25, 2010—Whether it’s right or wrong, it’s our belief that real estate squeeze pages (single pages that capture leads) crush the traditional “branded” website (you know the ones that are basically a flyer touting how great you are). We understand that in most instances (not always) you still ...


Home Buyers from Florida to California Bid Above Asking Price, According to ZipRealty’s Home Hunter Report

RISMEDIA, October 25, 2010—Some homes across the country at various price points are selling above asking price, according to the Q3 2010 Home Hunter Report released by ZipRealty. The report reveals that in Q3 2010, California was home to five ...


Op-Ed: Botox for the Mind – Now’s the Time to Reinvent Yourself from the Inside Out

RISMEDIA, October 25, 2010—As a result of the state of the economy, many plastic surgery wannabes are opting for less invasive procedures such as fillers, Botox and laser treatments. We’ve spent millions of dollars on reinventing our outsides, and now many of us are dealing with how to reinvent the ...


Reverse Mortgage Changes Take Today’s Real Estate Market into Consideration

RISMEDIA, October 23, 2010—(MCT)—If you’ve been toying with the idea of taking out a reverse mortgage, it is important to take into consideration that today’s market is significantly different from what it was just a couple of months ago. Monthly ...


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