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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 ...


HomeGain Releases 3rd Quarter 2010 National Home Prices Survey Results

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—HomeGain, one of the first companies to provide free instant home valuations online, announced the results of its nationwide 2010 third quarter home prices survey based on the responses of over 1,100 current and former HomeGain members and 2,600 homeowners. ...


Tips to Create an Effective Recruiting Plan

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—There is nothing more effective to increasing a broker’s bottom line than the recruiting of experienced, productive agents. When a broker successfully recruits four or five experienced agents, it can be the financial equivalent to recruiting 25 or more newbies. New agents require a significant investment by ...


4 Reasons Why Vacation Property Owners Should Put Their Rental Fears to Rest

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—Many vacation property owners would like to rent their home out when they're not using it themselves. Problem is, they let their worry about the "what-ifs" override the benefits of collecting all that glorious rental income. Here, Christine Karpinski, director of Owner Community for HomeAway, Inc., and ...


Professionalism: What Is It, and What Can You Do to Improve It in Your Agents?

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—While every industry defines professionalism in a different way, it is crucial that real estate professionals understand how to recognize and encourage professionalism in their agents. In this month’s Power Broker Round Table, industry experts Stephen Baird ...


Competing for Consumer Interest – Tips to Remain Relevant Online

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—Do all real estate websites present the same property data? Is the search experience fairly uniform? Not at all. There are huge differences, or Deltas, in the type and quality of information found on property websites. ...


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

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: a discounted Resort and Second Home Markets online course from NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now initiative; help fight breast cancer with NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Liberty Mutual; and sign up today for the REALTOR® University Webinar ...


Industry Leaders Offer Praise for Leveraging Your Links, Groundbreaking, New Book by Allan Dalton

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—Leveraging Your Links , a groundbreaking, new book by industry veteran and visionary, Allan Dalton, chief marketing officer for RISMedia and co-founder and president of The Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, is available now ...


Economic Panel Declares Great Recession Ended in June 2009

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—(MCT)—With little fanfare, the National Bureau of Economic Research recently declared that the so-called Great Recession is over, determining that the U.S. economy hit bottom in June 2009 and began a long, sluggish rebound. ...


Real Estate Market Domination Summit – Off to the Races

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—In its first three days since registration opened, the Real Estate Market Domination Summit has already reached 30% capacity at the legendary Hotel del Coronado, in San Diego, 1parkplace has announced. ...


How Blogging Turns Social Marketing into a Money-Making Machine: Part I – Mastering the Mindset

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—Social media and social marketing offer us an opportunity that is so much more powerful than most people realize. As Allan Dalton, chief marketing officer for RISMedia and co-founder and president of the Top 5 in ...


5 Reasons Why Now is a Good Time to Invest in the Housing Market

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—(CBS MoneyWatch)—Foreclosures spiked in August 2010, with banks seizing 95,364 homes, according to RealtyTrac, a housing research firm. They were up 25% from August 2009 and at their highest level since the company started tracking this data ...


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