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Today’s Marketplace Archive


Where Is the Sense of Urgency?

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2009-In one of the meetings with my team several years ago, I was explaining a new marketing strategy I wanted to test. One of my top-selling agents seemed to disagree with my desire to test something new. I could tell by the way he was sitting and his ...


Home Values Flatten in Short Term; Yearly Declines Shrink, but High Rates of Foreclosure, Negative Equity Expected to Delay True Recovery

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2009-Home values in the United States posted their 10th consecutive quarterly decline, falling 12.1 percent year-over-year, according to a Zillow Home Value Index of $186,500, according to the second quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. But for ...


zipLogix Introduces the Real Estate Industry’s First iPhone Forms Application

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2009-zipLogix, the creator of zipForm®, real estate's leading forms software, has announced the release of their zipForm® Mobile product. Hailed as the industry's first mobile application for real estate forms available for the Apple® iPhoneTM and iPod touch®, zipForm Mobile is now available through the Apple App ...


Is the Foreclosure Panic the Y2K of Our Decade?

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2009-Just 10 years ago we were approaching the new millennium not with wonder and anticipation but with fear and loathing. Seems someone forgot to tell the computers how to change their clocks and right at the stroke of midnight the modern world as we know it would end, ...


Where Did Bank Bailout Money Go? Watchdogs Aren’t Entirely Sure

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2009-(MCT)-Although hundreds of well-trained eyes are watching over the $700 billion that Congress last year decided to spend bailing out the nation's financial sector, it's still difficult to answer some of the most basic questions about where the money went. ...


Homebuyers Gain Edge with Internet Searches

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2009-(MCT)-In the colorful, centuries-long history of house hunting, when have so many buyers come to the table knowing so much about prices, neighborhoods and school test scores? ...


Few Americans Buying Into Consumer-Led Recovery

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2009-(MCT)-Personal spending rose in June, but incomes fell, exposing the weak underbelly of the economy. ...


What Would You Do for $8,000?

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2009-Even as the National Association of Realtors® recently reported that first-time homebuyers make up a third of the market, there's still a sizable group of homebuyers who have never heard of the government tax credit that could give them up to $8,000 to buy their first home. ...


Remodeling Market Activity Builds Momentum

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2009-Residential remodeling showed modest gains during the second quarter of 2009 with increases in all indicators, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI). The current market conditions measure grew to 38.1 from 34.5 in the first quarter. Future expectations rose ...


“Flipping Out” – From Chaos to Clarity

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2009-The third season of Bravo's hit series "Flipping Out" returns Tuesday, August 18 with everyone's favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper, Jeff Lewis. The economy has taken its toll on his business, but if anyone can figure out a way to flip things around and go from chaos to clarity, ...


Survey Marks Attitude Shift in Consumer Real Estate Decisions; More Making Moves for the Better

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2009-Relocation.com, one of the leading online consumer resources for moving services, found that 50% of people who recently moved did so to improve their living situation, whether to move into a bigger home or move to a better neighborhood. The results of Relocation.com's most recent survey, conducted in ...


Americans Increasingly Optimistic about Country’s Future

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2009-(MCT)-Americans are growing slightly more optimistic about the path the country is on, according to a new Ipsos-McClatchy poll. ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, August 7, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® include: secrets to getting leads through Facebook from REALTOR.com®, only 3 weeks remain of the Lenovo you pay what we pay sale, and appraisal clarification is good first step. ...


The Clock is Ticking – Taxpayers Need to Act Fast to Take Advantage of Temporary Tax Breaks

RISMEDIA, August 7, 2009-If the first half of 2009 is any indication, taxpayers have their work cut out trying to keep up with available tax breaks and potential tax pitfalls of 2009, according to CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and a ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies – Are You Sabotaging Your Own Success?

RISMEDIA, August 7, 2009-Have you ever felt like you had reached a plateau and could go no higher? If so, you're not alone, many people sabotage their own success. This article teaches you how to reverse self-sabotage. In my work as a real estate business coach for the past 12-plus years, I ...