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Company Profile: Bank of America Home Loans Works with Real Estate Professionals to Offer Buyers a Better Purchase Experience

RISMEDIA, September 7, 2010—The housing market is showing signs of life. Historically low interest rates and greater home affordability in many areas are beginning to attract prospective home buyers to the market. And with a slow yet steady economic recovery, ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Mobile Ads Benefit Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, September 7, 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 of ...


The Secret to Real Estate Success: Wear a Red Shirt

RISMEDIA, September 7, 2010—There’s a story told about Andrew Carnegie, the steel industry magnate of the late 1800s and early 1900s. According to the story, Carnegie was in the process of inspecting one of his steel mills from a catwalk high above the work floor. As he moved around the ...


Online Marketing Strategies: Lights, Camera…Now What Do I Talk About?

RISMEDIA, September 7, 2010—When it comes to online marketing, video is the undisputed leader for efficiency and effectiveness. But, technology is only half the formula. The other half is content. And therein lies the problem for many agents and brokers. Simply stated, “What do I talk about?” ...


HUD Shares Plans for New Reverse Mortgage Option

RISMEDIA, September 7, 2010—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced that it intends to make modifications to its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) product, a reverse mortgage loan insured by the federal government, to make it more attractive and cost effective ...


It’s a Manager’s Market, Not a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market – Tips to Lead Your Company to Success

RISMEDIA, September 8, 2010—Sellers will sell when they’re tired of staying. Buyers will buy when they’re ready. So the only thing left to control is your agents…and it’s up to you, the manager, to change the actions of your sales people now. ...


Exceeding Expectations, Pending Home Sales Rise 5.2%

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2010—Following a sharp drop in the months immediately after the expiration of the home buyer tax credit, pending home sales have modestly risen, according to the National Association of Realtors. ...


Refinancings Soar as Mortgage Rates Remain Low

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2010—(MCT)—For anyone under the age of 57, mortgage rates are now the lowest they've been during your life. This fact isn't lost on a growing number of homeowners who have started a new wave of refinancings. ...


HUD Announces First Look Program to Help Communities Stabilize Neighborhoods Hard-Hit by Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2010—U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced an unprecedented agreement with the nation’s top mortgage lenders to offer selected state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations a “first look” or right of first refusal to purchase foreclosed homes before making these properties available to ...


Simple Tips to Update Your Home and Create a Relaxing Sanctuary

RISMEDIA, September 3, 2010—(MCT)—Some rooms scream "Help!" Others say nothing, and that's a problem, too. Take the typical bedroom. Michael Payne has seen thousands. "The bedroom tends to get forgotten—you spend all your money elsewhere in the house," said Payne, a celebrity interior designer and makeover specialist best known for ...


9 Killer Content Creation Ideas for Your Real Estate Blog or Website

RISMEDIA, September 2, 2010—What’s the number one absolute best way to get more organic traffic to your real estate blog, website or lead capture pages? ...


Mortgage and Title Companies Using MLS SEO Technology to Feed Agents Home Buyer Leads

RISMEDIA, September 2, 2010—Lately I have been talking to a lot of mortgage lenders and title reps who are trying to find ways to get real estate agents and brokers to start sending business their way in the form of home loans and title services. ...


What International Home Buyers Want and What You Should Know

RISMEDIA, September 2, 2010—Thanks to some favorable conditions, like perceived value and affordability, international home buyers, especially from Canada, Mexico, China and India are eyeing the U.S. a bit more these days. Over 40% of the international home-buying transactions come from these four countries. And you can capitalize on these ...


Want to Learn More about Mobile Technology? Mobile Expert John Lim to Discuss New Ways Mobile Can Help Realtors at C.A.R. Realtor Expo

RISMEDIA, September 2, 2010—With more cell phones than desktop computers and more text messages being sent than phone calls being made, it is no surprise that mobile technology is hot topic in many industries; real estate in particular. ...


FHA Gives Home Buyers One Month Window to Lock in Low Insurance Premium

RISMEDIA, September 2, 2010—“The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is giving homeowners and buyers until October 4, 2010 to lock in a low monthly insurance premium,” said Gibran Nicholas, chairman of the CMPS Institute, an organization that trains and certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. “After October 4, the monthly insurance premiums ...


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