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A Fix-Up Strategy Works in Long Run: If You Have Time on Your Side, Improve and Enjoy Your Home

RISMEDIA, October 17, 2009—(MCT)—You're thinking of selling—but not just yet. Let's say you've got a five-year plan to prepare an older, lived-in house for sale.  ...


$8,000 Tax Credit’s Hoops Frustrate House Hunters

RISMEDIA, October 16, 2009—(MCT)—This summer, Brian Smith decided he should buy a house. Prices were at record lows; "for sale" signs were common, and, most important, he could get a tax credit of as much as $8,000 for first-time buyers ...


Don’t Miss RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR in San Diego: Maximizing Distressed Property Business

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2009—All NAR full-conference and day-conference attendees are encouraged to attend “Maximizing Distressed Property Business,” RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum being held Friday, November 13 from 12:30-2 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center during the NAR conference.  ...


Changing Recruiting Strategies to Bolster Sales: How to Hire Agents Who Will Produce

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2009—As the real estate market continues to shift, recruiting strategies must be constantly evolving so that real estate professionals are always bringing agents who will produce into their office. While some markets that have remained strong throughout the ...


Equity Financing – A Solution to Today’s Housing Crisis?

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2009—As the housing market continues to struggle its way toward stabilization, Steve Cinelli, founder and chief strategy officer at PRIMARQ, discusses the notion of equity financing and how he and his team are working with leaders in ...


Overcoming Fear of Foreclosure Critical for Many People to Keep Their Homes

RISMEDIA, October 10, 2009—Foreclosure numbers continue to rise and many homeowners are at an increased risk of losing their home. While foreclosure can be prevented, many homeowners remain confused or afraid to confront their mortgage problems and take ...


U.S. Homebuyers Pay Closer to Listing Price in August, but Are Still Negotiating Thousands in Discounts

RISMEDIA, October 9, 2009—Home buyers in much of the U.S. are still paying thousands of dollars below the home's asking price, but had slightly less negotiating power in August 2009 than they did in July, according to the ...


1.4 Million Families Have Taken Advantage of First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit, More Claims Expected

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—With the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit deadline quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service recently reminded potential home buyers they must complete their first-time home purchases before Dec. 1, 2009 to qualify for the special ...


‘Teal Is the New Green’: How One Company’s Focus on the Environment Is Creating New Marketing Strategy for Agents

RISMEDIA, October 7, 2009—“The environment will be one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Soon it will dominate virtually all aspects of life in North America—socially, politically and economically. Today’s great leaders and entrepreneurs ...


Finding Your Dream Foreclosure: What to Know When You’re Buying an REO Property

RISMEDIA, October 5, 2009—(MarketWatch/MCT)—Buying a foreclosure often is appealing to buyers trying to stretch their dollars. It's finding a good one can that can be a challenge. ...


Record Streak Continues for Pending Home Sales

RISMEDIA, October 3, 2009—Pending home sales have increased for seven straight months, the longest in the series of the index which began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  ...


First-Time Homebuyers Buoy Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, October 2, 2009—(MCT)—The housing market is getting a much-needed boost as first-time homebuyers rush to take advantage of an $8,000 federal tax credit that is set to expire Nov. 30, 2009.  ...


Credit Woes to Threaten Housing Recovery?

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2009—Nearly two-thirds of single-family home builders are reporting a severe lack of credit for housing production, threatening the fragile housing recovery before it has time to take hold, according to a new builder survey of acquisition, development ...


More Rough Times Ahead for U.S. Economy, despite Recent Improvements

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2009—Despite recent signs of improvement, more rough times are ahead for the U.S. economy, according to several prominent experts in real estate and the economy who attended a recent forum at the Nixon Presidential Library.  ...


Existing-Home Sales Ease Following 4 Monthly Gains

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2009—Existing-home sales in August 2009 gave back some of their strong gain in July but remain above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  ...


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