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Real Estate Trends Archive


Acquisitions: A Look at Strategies in the Current Economy

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—Acquiring companies in today’s economy is an important question that needs to be examined closely, even for companies historically inclined to grow through acquisition. In this month’s Power Broker Roundtable, industry leaders Ron Peltier and Dan Elsea ...


Considering New Construction? Top 5 Tips for Buying a Newly Built Home

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—Newly built homes, often in recently developed communities, are regaining popularity and are more affordable than in years past. New homebuilders are using desirable, open floor plans and are helping buyers get into new homes despite the ...


Kitchens Remain among Most Popular Remodeling Projects

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—(MCT)—Kitchens have long been among the most popular remodeling projects. But with fewer clients requesting kitchen upgrades during this recession, one kitchen designer has turned the economic slowdown to her advantage. ...


Weak Home Sales Numbers Don’t Tell Whole Story, Real Estate Center Economist Says

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—Home sales statistics are likely to paint a picture of a weakening market through the end of 2010 and the first half of 2011. While it’s tempting to attribute the bleak numbers to a deteriorating housing market, an economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M ...


Company Spotlight: Making It Simple – SentriLock Helps Agents Succeed with Strategic Tools

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—To be successful, start with the right tools. That’s why SentriLock offers its customers a variety of tools, combined with flexible learning methods. From self-help guides to demonstrational videos, translation services, social networking connections, mobile tools and the Customer Care phone line, SentriLock users have a variety ...


Regional Spotlight: Florida’s Existing Condo Sales Rise in July 2010

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—Sales of existing condominiums in Florida rose 11% in July 2010, with a total of 5,557 condos sold statewide compared to 4,991 units sold in July 2009, according to the latest housing data released by Florida Realtors. ...


Prudential Florida Realty Hosts Florida Social Media Summit Presented by Allan Dalton

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—Prudential Florida Realty, Florida Real Estate Services is hosting the upcoming Florida Social Media Summit, taking place on September 14th and 15th, 2010. The highly anticipated event will be presented by RISMedia’s Chief Marketing Officer and President and Co-Founder of The Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, ...


HUD Announces $189 Million Available to Revitalize Communities

RISMEDIA, August 26, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it is making $189 million in grants available to transform public and assisted housing and to revitalize communities. Appearing in today’s Federal Register are the Notices of Funding Availability, the federal application, for two revitalization initiatives: The ...


Three Lessons from Three Years of Recession

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—If there’s one thing that time consistently does, it’s move forward. So, as this Great Recession continues to wear us down, it may be time to cast our eyes towards the horizon as well as take stock ...


Company Spotlight: In Need of a Little TLC

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—Despite the fact that many believe the real estate market’s already hit rock bottom, the number of foreclosures in the U.S. is still high. While the situation is tough for some, foreclosure properties still represent a unique opportunity for many first-time home buyers, move-up buyers looking for ...


Verizon’s Agent Rewards Program Provides Powerful Tool for Realtors to Demonstrate Value

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—Real estate agents who sell in markets that have Verizon’s FiOS (fiber optic service) for TV, Internet and phone have an extra advantage in this tough real estate market. With the common theme of ‘getting back to basics,’ it’s important to demonstrate value to your clients. The ...


Painting Key Features of Home Exterior Provides Affordable Remodeling Option

RISMEDIA, August 25, 2010—Painting the exterior of a home can be a time-consuming and expensive proposition. But if you are budget-minded—and who isn’t these days—don’t despair. “A little ingenuity can go a long way towards giving your home a beautiful ...


Monday Morning Mobile: GPS

RISMEDIA, August 30, 2010—It seems like these days you cannot have a conversation about mobile technology without the acronym GPS coming into play and with good reason. Today more than ever, acronyms like GPS and LBS (location-based search/service) really stand big business. Juniper research estimates that location-based local search and ...


The Missing Link in Lifestyle Search

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—A few weeks ago I came across an article where a broker was touted for going beyond the sale of a home and focusing on the lifestyle needs of their clients. I was hooked until I finished ...


Weekly Video Tip: Video Trends

RISMEDIA, August 24, 2010—Someone once said that measuring the results of advertising was like trying to nail jelly to the wall. In other words, very difficult and frustrating, if not impossible. But that was before the Internet. ...


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