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Homeownership and Stable Communities Go Hand-in-Hand

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—Homeowners who are more active in their communities benefit from improved education opportunities and report higher levels of self-esteem and happiness when compared to renters, according to leading research. A new report from the National Association of ...


Tenants of Foreclosed Homes often Unsure of Options

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—(MCT)—Erin Kennedy-Florez was 10 months into a one-year lease on a home in Richmond, Calif., when she found a notice on her door saying the home was being foreclosed. ...


Beware of Foundation Problems When Getting Your Home Ready for the Market

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—Selling a house isn't easy these days. There are a huge number of homes on the market, and buyers are easily scared off if they encounter problems that may negatively impact resale value. Among the many issues that need to be addressed in order to make a ...


Staying Relevant in Today’s Market through Lifestyle Branding

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—As consumer’s expectations continue to shift, it is crucial that real estate agents take the time to understand these changing needs. One of the ways that successful real estate agents are staying ahead of the curve today is by branding the lifestyles they are selling. Here, Sherry ...


Sustainable Staging – 8 Tips to Make Your Listing Stand Out

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—With demand rising for green home features, it’s no surprise that home stagers are starting to style sustainably to help prospective buyers see green when they’re shopping for property. ...


Broad Stabilization in Second Quarter Metro Area Home Prices with Strong Sales

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—The real estate trend in firming home prices solidified in the second quarter with more metropolitan areas showing increases from a year ago, aided by a surge in home sales driven by the home buyer tax credit, ...


Builders Shrink Homes to Fit Buyers’ Newly Modest Tastes

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—(MCT)—When the air sputtered out of the housing bubble, new home builders struggling to survive went with smaller homes that could appeal to a broader base of buyers. It's a strategy that has worked for builders such ...


Do Brokerages Resist Change?

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—I recently had a fascinating conversation with another industry professional who made me laugh even though the topic was very sad. This person made an analogy to dinosaurs and the Ice Age that rang true as it relates to what is happening in the real estate brokerage ...


Obama Administration Announces Additional Support for Targeted Foreclosure-Prevention Programs to Help Homeowners Struggling with Unemployment

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—The Obama Administration recently announced additional support to help homeowners struggling with unemployment through two targeted foreclosure-prevention programs. ...


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

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for July 2010, which shows that foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 325,229 properties in July, a nearly 4% increase from the previous month but a nearly 10% decrease ...


Tips for Building Powerful E-mail Marketing Lists

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—While the philosophers debate whether a tree falling in a forest makes a sound when no one is around to hear it, real estate agents and brokers know that if no one’s reading your e-mails, they’re not ...


Find Out What Your Clients Really Think about You

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—Right now, you’re thinking this might be a case of “be careful what you wish for.” Absolutely not—there’s nothing to fear. You need to know definitively what your clients think, and creating an annual survey is an important marketing step, especially prior to any strategic planning. ...


Mortgage Shopping Getting Safer – Legislation Packs Regulatory Punch

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—(MCT)—A few years ago, it took little more than a smile to be a mortgage lender. There were 13,000 people writing home loans in Washington alone, but we all know the consequences of the no-doc, liar loan ...


Realogy Reports Results for Second Quarter 2010 – Company Posts 23 Percent Higher Net Revenue of $1.3 Billion

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—Realogy Corporation, a global leader in real estate and relocation services, reported results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. Realogy’s net revenue for the second quarter of $1.3 billion increased 23% compared to the same period in 2009. For the latest quarter, Realogy recorded net ...


Welcome to the Future – Meet QR Codes

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—In the past, I’ve mentioned the importance of being able to recognize shifts in communication and adapt quickly in order to use new mediums to your advantage. Last week proved to be a prime example of that for me and my company. As I walked down New ...


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