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Does Your Brand Have Mobile Integrity?

RISMEDIA, August 5, 2010—These days, the importance of mobile can be clearly illustrated by attending any industry conference. If you simply gaze in at sessions or public meeting areas as I did recently during a conference I attended, you will undoubtedly see almost all attendees glued to their BlackBerry devices, ...


Secret Formula Garners 987 Unique Visitors, 40 Leads and 5 Appointments in One Week

RISMEDIA, August 5, 2010—I was talking with a buddy of mine and fellow real estate professional recently, and he laid some heavy stuff on me. He gave me the exact formula he had used to generate 987 unique visitors to his website generating 40 leads and 5 appointments—all within the ...


Obama Administration Approves State Plans for $600 Million of ‘Hardest Hit Fund’ Foreclosure Prevention Assistance

RISMEDIA, August 5, 2010—State Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) in North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and South Carolina can begin to use $600 million in foreclosure-prevention assistance from the Housing Finance Agency Innovation Fund for the Hardest Hit Housing Markets (“Hardest Hit Fund”) under plans approved recently by the Obama ...


5 Ways to Maximize Your Website Presence

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—With the constant evolution of technology, there’s a real need to keep your online presence current and relevant. From content to cutting-edge buttons and widgets, the improvements are endless. However, I believe that if you start with ...


How Can You Afford to Not Train Your Agents?

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—Each and every month you invest in occupancy, utilities, technology and other needed items to run your business—those ongoing expenses that you must have, but don’t create revenue. Truth is, the quickest way to a profitable office is to have a team of motivated and well-trained real ...


HUD to Observe Neighborhood Networks Week August 2-7, 2010

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Neighborhood Networks Week 2010 will be held August 2-7 with the theme, “A Successful Past, A Promising Future.” The week-long observance is intended to raise public awareness about Neighborhood Networks, an education and technology-based initiative designed to ...


Fannie Mae Launches ‘Know Your Options’ Online Resource to Educate Struggling Homeowners

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—Fannie Mae announced the launch of KnowYourOptions.com, a new consumer education website that outlines the choices available to homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage payments and high mortgage rates, and provides guidance on how they can ...


Mortgage Rates Hit New Low, Are Buyers Responding?

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—(MCT)—The 4.5% fixed-rate mortgage is here, although more than 14 months late. That magic number, or a close approximation, was reached recently, when Freddie Mac reported a 30-year rate of 4.54%. The possibility first arose in early ...


Weekly Video Tip: Conducting Interviews

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—Whether you’re in real estate, tourism, marketing, or even fund raising, your video camera can become a powerful tool for recording interviews of all kinds. From testimonials and product reviews to endorsements and instructions, interviews can be highly effective for getting the job done. Here are a ...


How to Sell at Least One Home Per Month from the Internet – Part 1, Websites

RISMEDIA, September 25, 2010—When it comes to selling real estate, one thing that everyone can agree on is that the Internet plays a major role in the success of a real estate business in 2010. According to NAR statistics, over 85% of home sales begin on the Internet and one ...


A Gathering of Eagles

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—Last week I had two opportunities to experience America’s foreclosure crisis up close and personal. The first was a continuing education program for attorneys who represent or intend to represent homeowners fighting unlawful foreclosures. ...


NAHREP Blog Urges Communities to Come Together to Fight Immigration Laws

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—Back before Homeland Security began tracking such things, many undocumented immigrants have made Arizona their home, buying houses using an ITIN number or a fake social security number. Right or wrong, these people are invested in our community. They pay taxes. They’re hard working. They’re current on ...


5 Smart Reasons to Buy a Home Now

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—The economy is stabilizing and home prices are holding. It's not just as good a time as ever to buy a house—it's one of the best times ever. ...


Top Seven Reasons Banks are Denying Home Loan Requests

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—The lending landscape has changed quite drastically over the past several years. Practices, approvals and standards that were once widely accepted have either vanished or transformed beyond the point of recognition. Many banks, which were once extremely ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Development Differences Part II; Toolset

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010— Last week in our conversation with John Packes, director of product development for Mobile Card Cast, New York (www.MobileCardCast.com) we looked at the differences between developing for the traditional Web and Mobile Web. What we uncovered is that from a conceptual and information architecture standpoint, the ...


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