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Is Your Brand Award Winning?

RISMEDIA, March 22, 2011—You’ve heard it before in the media, from companies and individuals: “We’re an award-winning [fill in the blank].” Whatever the language, it catches your ear and your imagination a bit. You’ve seen awards listed on everything from ...


Young Home Buyers Will Lead Housing Market Recovery, Says NAHB

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2011—Generation X—young families and adults ages 31 to 45—are likely to lead the home-buying recovery as it gets underway, according to real estate experts who spoke at an educational webinar produced by the National Association of Home ...


Banks Spruce Up Foreclosures to Boost Sales

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2011—(MCT)—Bill Schramm and Bethany Siwicki scoured property listings for three months before agreeing to see a home in Round Lake Beach, even though its online pictures didn't look promising. ...


First-Time Home Buyers Prepare for Best Buyer’s Market in Recent History

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011—While affordable housing prices, ample inventories, and historically low interest rates signal 'buyer's market' for investors or move-up buyers in many U.S. markets, inexperienced first-time buyers may not know if the time is right to make a ...


Education Pays When Working with Today’s Ever-Evolving Consumer

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2011—According to data from the 2010 NAR Member Profile, the median income of REALTORS® with at least one designation was nearly $22,000 more than the income of those with no designation. It makes sense then that today’s ...


Read Investors to Succeed with Investors

RISMEDIA, March 16, 2011—With homeownership rates decreasing and distressed properties increasing, it’s not surprising that investors make up 20% of the current buyer’s market. And their activity will only increase over the next four to five years. As investors actively ...


Company Spotlight: Realty Executives International: A Story of Entrepreneurs

RISMEDIA, March 15, 2011—Realty Executives shook up the real estate industry with the invention of the 100% Commission Concept nearly five decades ago, a business model still employed by real estate companies worldwide. The company continues to reinvent itself and ...


Optimistic Outlook for Multifamily Development, NAHB Indices Show

RISMEDIA, March 14, 2011—Two quarterly indices produced by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) indicate a return to healthy market conditions for both new and existing apartment and condominium buildings. ...


Are You Missing a Link in Your Social Media Chain? – 5 Tips to Create a Social Media Policy

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2011—There’s no doubt about it—social media has evolved. Social media and social networking have gone from a way to connect with high school buddies and swap reviews about the new restaurant in town, to a powerful and ...


Homeownership Essential to Job Growth and Economy, Say REALTORS®

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2011—Testifying before a Senate panel, National Association of REALTORS® President Ron Phipps recently told members of Congress that sustainable homeownership must be the goal when considering future federal housing policies. ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Do You Need to Be Lucky to Succeed?

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2011—While working with one of my clients recently, helping her to release her self-limiting beliefs, she brought up the old belief that she had been carrying for decades: “I have to be lucky to succeed.” ...


Create a Memorable First Impression through Successful Curb Appeal

RISMEDIA, March 9, 2011—(MCT)—Now that virtually all the winter's snow has melted (in some areas of the country) and it's easier to navigate the streets, let's consider something calculated to get people slamming on the brakes: curb appeal, that special ...


Although Slowly, the Real Estate Cycle Is Turning

RISMEDIA, March 8, 2011—Housing recovery may seem like a mirage in the desert of record foreclosures and steep unemployment, but history indicates that a more balanced market is in our future. ...


Content is King – Information Provides Value When Reaching Out to Your Sphere of Influence

RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011—Ever since I began my career in real estate, I was told that creating high touches with my database or my sphere of influence was one of the most valuable things I could do to build a ...


Simple Tips to Differentiate Yourself in Today’s Real Estate Industry

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2011—This firmly held consumer belief is possibly the greatest challenge we face in this business. We are all the same. How unfair! We are all unique human beings, with unique hopes, dreams, skills and talents. REALTORS® are ...


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