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Brokers Respond to Survey, Secure Spot in Preeminent Industry Ranking

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2010—Brokers are quickly responding to RISMedia’s 22nd Annual Power Broker Report & Survey in order to secure their ranking among the country’s leading brokerage firms. Inclusion in this listing of the real estate industry’s “who’s who” has ...


Understanding the New Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA)

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2010—On November 30, 2009, the Treasury Department released guidelines and forms for its new Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA), which will help homeowners who are unable to retain their home under the Home Affordable Modification Program ...


Are You Afraid to be Successful?

RISMEDIA, February 13, 2010—In my 13 years of coaching entrepreneurs to be successful, I have uncovered that many people have a deep-seated fear of success. When I probe for the reasons behind this fear of success, the pattern is very ...


Home Buyers Rush to Take Advantage of Tax Credit Before It’s Gone

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2010—(MCT)—Liv Mansfield is racing the clock, hoping to find and settle, or at least sign a purchase agreement, on a townhouse before the $6,500 tax credit for qualified repeat home buyers expires April 30, 2010. ...


3 Tips to Tailor Your Web Strategy and Build Your Listing Inventory

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2010—More than ever before, home buyers are on the Web and sellers want to sell their homes. What can we, as Realtors, give sellers that they can’t get by going FSBO? ...


Mortgage Backed Securities and the Real Estate Market: Where Do We Go From Here?

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2010—The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board have been purchasing mortgage-back securities from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a little over a year now. Their efforts, along with the Home Buyer Tax Credit have ...


First-Time Buyers: Beyond the Mortgage Payment, Brace Yourself for Extra Costs

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2010—(MCT)—On his road to homeownership, Scott Leibfried has learned one thing: Expect the unexpected. He and his wife had an offer accepted on a home, only to later find that foreclosure proceedings were about to begin ...


3 Factors to Take Into Consideration Before Jumping Into Housing Market

RISMEDIA, February 6, 2010—(MCT)—If you have a good job and good credit, the next few months might be a good time to go house hunting. Fence-sitters take the risk that Congress may let a rich tax credit expire, and ...


Real Estate Social Media Summit Unveils Robust Lineup

RISMEDIA, February 5, 2010—RISMedia has announced the session lineup for its 2010 Real Estate Leadership Conference—“The Real Estate Social Media Summit.” ...


Foreclosures Take Heavy Toll on Hearts and Minds

RISMEDIA, February 4, 2010—(MCT)—Ethelda Lopez, a retired telephone company worker recently watched as her dream retirement home was auctioned off on the lawn outside a county courthouse in downtown Merced, California. "When I heard my address, it was so disheartening," ...


Game Changers – How Two Top Brokers Are Gearing Up for the Future

RISMEDIA, February 3, 2010—Real estate veterans Greg Rand and Kevin Levent have not only seen it all but survived it all…with flying colors, I might add—expanding, growing and gaining marketshare throughout all kinds of real estate cycles. In 2009, these ...


Survey Gives Brokers Chance to Demonstrate Strength, Stability

RISMedia’s 22nd annual Power Broker Survey Now Available for Completion ...


Economy Forces Changes in Thinking about Retirement Homes

RISMEDIA, January 30, 2010—(MCT)—If your idea of a dream retirement home is a luxury contemporary overlooking a championship golf course in the desert, you better be prepared for some mighty small block parties: When it comes to retirement living, golf ...


4 Major U.S. Demographic Waves to Watch in New Decade

RISMEDIA, January 29, 2010—As the U.S. economy recovers, emerging trends in demographics and consumer behavior will become major drivers of new housing opportunities, resulting in a residential market vastly different from the one that existed prior to the recession, according ...


Home Sizes Fall as Builders, Buyers Embrace Economic Reality

RISMEDIA, January 28, 2010—(MCT)—New-home buyers responded to the tough times in 2009 by opting for smaller houses, driving down the average size of a house built in the United States for the first time in 27 years. ...


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