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Real Estate Trends Archive


Snapshot of the Green Home Market

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—Availability of loans, interest rates, tax credits, home affordability, and general economic conditions all influence housing trends. However, the primary factor affecting growth of green homes in any given area depends on where local government, designers, builders, and consumers are in their green education, adoption, and implementation. ...


Realtors Federal Credit Union Introduces New ‘Partner Program’ for Large Brokerages and Associations

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—Introduced in May 2009, REALTORS® Federal Credit Union (REALTORS® FCU) understands the work habits and lifestyles of busy real estate professionals. As a virtual credit union, Realtors FCU is always open, giving you and your agents the freedom to manage your finances—when and where you want. Realtors ...


FHA Announces ‘First Look’ Initiative to Help Communities Stabilize Neighborhoods Hard-Hit by Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new initiative that gives state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations participating in HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) preference to acquire homes from the Department's inventory of foreclosed properties, commonly known as "HUD homes." The initiative ...


Is it Time for a Marketing Reboot?

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


For Your Clients: 12 Tips to Make Your Move Simple and Stress-Free

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—(MCT)—Packing your belongings and moving is often fraught with high emotions and involves a to-do list a mile long. So, it's tempting to give only passing attention to hiring a mover and the related incidental costs. That ...


Op-Ed: The Role of Appraisal Inflation in Loan Securitization

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—Street level appraisers have been getting a lot of heat for their role in the rise and collapse of real estate values and most of it is unfair. Without exception, every appraiser I have ever met was professional, direct, and considered the facts when arriving at his ...


Incorporating Foreclosures into a Successful Real Estate Practice

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—Today’s real estate market and foreclosures seem to go hand in hand, so it goes without saying that agents who want to remain competitive and set themselves up for future success, incorporate distressed properties into their practice. ...


Mini-Apartments Catching on Among Renters

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2010—(MCT)—Timm Freeman's Santa Monica apartment has 17-foot ceilings, granite countertops and collector guitars hanging on the wall. He's got a built-in microwave, dishwasher and central air conditioning. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Wireless Broadband Revolution

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2010—Since the end of the NBA season, much of the media attention around basketball and sports in general has been focused on where superstar LeBron James will play next year. Well, last week, LeBron announced to the world that he would be leaving Cleveland and signing with ...


Simple Tips to Make Your Home a Vacation Destination

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2010—Whether it's because of the economy or by choice, millions of Americans will be staying closer to home this summer; and with warm weather already upon us, many families will be spending their time outdoors. And even ...


Texas Tops June 2010 List of Top U.S. Destination States

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2010—Attracted by its relatively stable real estate prices and lower unemployment rate—8.5% in June—more Americans decided to head to the Lone Star State, according to a new consumer survey conducted by Relocation.com. This shift to Texas represents a 50% increase from Relocation.com's February 2010 findings, which had ...


5 Ways to Put Some Punch in Your Buyer and Seller Presentations

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2010—Having a firm grasp on the real estate market is no longer good enough as real estate professionals work to gain the attention of today’s buyers and sellers. Being able to recite facts and statistics may have ...


Gen Y Talent – Tips to Turn Gen Yers into Productive Assets

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2010—Retaining your Gen Yers and turning them into a productive asset requires a well thought-out strategy from the get-go. In 80% of organizations, morale dips in the first six months if expectations are not met. ...


Kitchen Comebacks – Tips for a Successful Kitchen Remodel

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2010—(MCT)—The explosion of remodeling shows on TV and makeover spreads in magazines has whetted America's appetite for glamorous rooms brimming with the latest furnishings, appliances and color schemes. Kitchen remodels are among the most popular, according to ...


Going Solar – Homeowners Take Advantage of Solar Power

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2010—(MCT)—A few years ago, Jim Camasto thought about investing $20,000 in the stock market. But instead, Camasto, of Naperville, Ill., spent that money on a ‘greener’ investment—solar power. ...


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