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Recruiting the Right Agents via Social Media

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—As real estate professionals continue to integrate social media into their daily business practices, recruiting real estate agents through social networks is quickly becoming the next best practice to get qualified agents into offices. Here, Adam Lerman, national director of recruiting for Century 21 Real Estate, LLC ...


Spending Smart: Plan Ahead for Home Appliance Life Spans

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—Home appliances break and wear out, and many consumers are often surprised, almost as if they expect these machines to last forever. But appliances have life spans. A trash compactor lasts just six years, on average, compared with a gas boiler, which typically lasts 20 years, according ...


Tips to Turn Your Second Home into a Source of Income

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—After a hot summer, it's a relief to step outside to find that autumn breezes have finally arrived. As a second homeowner, you can hardly wait to bask in those calm winds at your beach cottage or ...


Lowe’s, REbuildUSA Launch Program to Support FHA Streamlined 203(k) Loan

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—In today’s housing market, many homes for sale are in need of repairs and renovations. The FHA Streamlined 203(k) program helps add money into a mortgage for repairs and renovations. Lowe’s and REbuildUSA are partnering to bring ...


The MLS Gold Rush – MLS Data to Become Increasingly Valuable

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—In 1848, gold was discovered in the Sierra Nevadas, then a part of Mexico, but soon to become California. From every corner of America, people abandoned livelihoods, hometowns and even families to become newly minted prospectors and ...


4 Reasons Why Buying a Home Now Presents the Opportunity of a Lifetime

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—(MCT)—As the economy continues to suffer and home prices continue to fall, numerous Americans across the country are staying away from the real estate market. But, if you are looking to take advantage of the opportunity of ...


Realogy Urges Congressional Leaders to Take Action on Key Issues Affecting Housing Market

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—Realogy Corporation, one of the largest providers of real estate and relocation services in the United States, announced that it is urging Congress to take immediate action on a number of pressing issues with serious ramifications for the housing market in general, and specifically for the millions ...


Shared Equity Programs Stabilize Neighborhoods and Preserve Affordable Housing

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—(MCT)—As tighter lending requirements make homeownership more difficult, so-called "shared equity" or "long-term affordability" programs are getting more attention from local governments, nonprofits and private foundations. ...


Adequate Reserves Provide Financial Stability

RISMEDIA, September 17, 2010—The following should be the general theme of the mission of all real estate associations: to provide a consistent level of service(s) to the membership...day after day, month after month, year after year, business and real estate cycle after business and real estate cycle. ...


Foreclosure Activity Increases 4% in August 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for August 2010, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 338,836 properties in August, a 4% increase from the previous month but a 5% decrease from August 2009. ...


Real Estate Video Marketing – ‘Land Vlogging,’ a Niche to Invest In

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Land Vlogging: video blogging about land listings. This new term describes the filming of videos of land in your area in order to become the definitive source of this content in your market. Arranging your library of ...


Preparing for the Future – Tips to Reinvent Your Brokerage

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Whether it is always verbalized or not, a common sentiment many brokers and their management teams are grappling with is the realization that they have to do something; they are just not sure what or how soon. Of course, you realize you have to reinvent. In fact, ...


Going Green Helps Save Earth and Household Budgets

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Taking steps to minimize your energy use is not only good for the Earth, but for homeowners as well. While being altruistic and helping a cause generally means giving—not getting—back, going green provides noticeable benefits to everyone. Here, Mike Vazeii, Director or Marketing, American Home Shield discusses ...


Regional Spotlight: Good News for California’s Economy – Luxury Homebuilder Returns to San Diego Market

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—There’s a new sign that bodes well for the local economy and the California housing market. Toll Brothers, one of the nation’s leading luxury home builders has returned to the San Diego market. Brand new communities, especially those built by a solid, strategic company, are strong indicators ...


Make Time for Safety Training – Protect your Agents from On-the-Job Dangers with New Realtor Safety Materials from NAR

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Twenty-four-year-old Joan Johnson left her real estate office this morning to tour the house of a prospective client. No one at her office noticed she’d been gone all morning until she didn’t show up for a lunch meeting—and now she can’t be reached. What should her broker ...


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