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Micro Architecture Challenges the Way We Live

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—(MCT)—There is something bewitching about a tiny house. The mere idea conjures all kinds of things: desires for solitude and escape, romantic notions of Thoreau's pond-side perch, even memories of childhood fairy tales. ...


Simple Truths about Selling Real Estate – Getting Back to Basics

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—There are simple truths about selling real estate, truths that exist whether real estate sales activity is brisk or slow. Some real estate professionals might refer to these truths as Real Estate 101 or even something as simple as getting back to, or paying attention to, the ...


Differences in Home Value Trends by City’s Price Level

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—I thought it was time we revisited the earlier analysis we at Zillow.com did on how home value trends vary by the typical home value of a city. Previously, we found that most metros displayed a pattern in which cities with higher-priced real estate had ...


Appraisal Institute Praises Senate for Passage of Financial Regulatory Reform Bill

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—The Appraisal Institute, one of the nation’s largest professional organizations of real estate appraisers applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a sweeping financial regulatory reform bill that includes the first modernization of real estate appraisal regulations in more than 20 years. ...


Earth-Sheltered Homes Remain Rare, but Advantages Abound

RISMEDIA, July 17, 2010—(MCT)—Down a dirt road and between thickets of trees, Paul Queen lives inside a grassy, man-made hill. Deer try to stroll across his rooftop. Gopher tortoises attempt to tunnel into the walls. ...


Is It Time for a Marketing Reboot?

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—“Real estate has shifted.” ...


Associations Can No Longer Ignore FHA Approval

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—The screaming and cursing you hear in unit 404 isn’t coming from Mr. Armbrister’s television—Armbrister has just learned that another potential sale of his condominium unit fell through due to the buyer’s inability to obtain financing. In ...


Senate Votes to End Debate on Financial Reforms Bill

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—(MCT)—The Senate has moved one step closer to passing a historic overhaul of the financial regulatory system as it voted 60 to 38 to end debate on the financial bill. ...


Foreclosure Sales Through Multicultural Real Estate Broker Network Top 1 Billion Dollars

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—New Vista Asset Management, the San Diego-based minority-owned firm, has sold 8,146 foreclosed properties totaling $1 billion in sales through its national real estate broker network, the company announced. Sixty-six percent of the listings were marketed and sold by multicultural brokers that are a central focus of ...


1.65 Million U.S. Properties Receive Foreclosure Filings in First Half of 2010, According to RealtyTrac

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—RealtyTrac, a leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, recently released its Midyear 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows a total of 1,961,894 foreclosure filings—default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions—were reported on 1,654,634 U.S. properties in the first six months of 2010, a 5% decrease ...


For Social Media ROI, Content Rules

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—If we turn the clock back 30 years ago, when we started down this path as real estate agents, it was all about “Call us if you want to sell your home or find a home.” Eventually, ...


Geothermal Heating Systems Help Homeowners Ease Their Carbon Footprint

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—(MCT)—Some homeowners chase down high-tech solar panels and efficient appliances to make their homes environmentally friendly. Others eschew the latest technology in favor of something far more basic: caves. ...


Home Buyers Are Ready to Move from the Sidelines: Survey

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—Are more Americans positioning themselves for home purchase? Although May's data showed that home sales were down 26.8% as the home buyer tax credit concluded, a new survey conducted by Relocation.com suggests some families are opting for renting while they research—cash in hand—for deals on a new, ...


Simple Truths about Selling Real Estate – Getting Back to Basics

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—There are simple truths about selling real estate, truths that exist whether real estate sales activity is brisk or slow. Some real estate professionals might refer to these truths as Real Estate 101 or even something as simple as getting back to, or paying attention to, the ...


From Townhouse to Rental Studio: Downsizing Makes Sense

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—(MCT)—Courtney Zinter doesn't have a big house with rooms full of stuff, a fancy car or a manicure habit. But she still has it all. Just not how the Joneses next door would define it. With a ...


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