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5 Questions to Consider Before Purchasing a Home

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2009—(MCT)—Interest rates on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dipped to a 38-year low recently, giving consumers another reason to consider purchasing a home or refinancing their current one. ...


7 Tips to Thrive This Holiday Season

RISMEDIA, December 12, 2009—Are you wondering how to survive this holiday season? Do you get caught up in the fast pace to the point of stress and exhaustion? What if, this year, you could create exactly what you ...


5 Keys to a Top-Performing, Consumer Real Estate Website

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2009—Ever try to search for a new home online? ...


Home Price Reduction Levels Drop to 2009 Low

RISMEDIA, December 11, 2009—Trulia, Inc., a real estate search site, has announced that 22% of homes currently on the market in the United States as of December 1, 2009 have experienced at least one price cut, the lowest level since ...


5 Great Strategies to Keep Your Website in Tip-Top Shape – Part 2

RISMEDIA, December 10, 2009—Last month, we listed the first five strategies for keeping your website in the best shape possible. Here, we outline five more great strategies: ...


Changing the Way People Buy Homes: Using the 203k Program to Purchase ‘Dream Homes’

RISMEDIA, December 9, 2009—Driving to work one morning earlier this summer, home buyer Lori Kramer was thinking about the homes she and her husband had looked at the day before. Then, she had a thought that would eventually change the ...


4 Tips to Improve Your Odds for Short Sale Success

RISMEDIA, December 7, 2009—Last month, we discussed some of the problems associated with short sales: too many properties for lenders to handle; too much uncertainty about valuation; too many second loans; and accounting mechanisms that encourage financial institutions to delay ...


Do You Find It Easy or Difficult to ‘Toot Your Own Horn?’

RISMEDIA, December 5, 2009—One of the biggest concerns I hear from my clients, almost on a daily basis, is: “How can I market myself without being pushy?” or “How can I be assertive without being aggressive?” ...


‘For Your Clients’ Series: 10 Ways to Sell a Home with a Wet Basement; Part 3: Preventing Water from Leaking in through Cracks in the Walls

RISMEDIA, December 4, 2009—Imagine walking a potential homebuyer through the murky basement of a troublesome listing you just can’t seem to sell. The first thing the client sees is large, ugly cracks on the walls with water leaking through them ...


10 Tips to Prepare for a Market Rebound

RISMEDIA, December 3, 2009—Are you ready for the potential of the market resurging in 2010? If you have been in real estate long enough, you will remember what happened in the last two big turnarounds in the ’80s and ’90s; ...


Prudent Moves – How 3 Leading Prudential Brokers Are Paving the Road for 2010

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2009—This year will be remembered by many of residential real estate’s full-service brokerage owners and their full-time professional sales associates as the year that wasn’t. There’s no mistaking the fact that many of the economic struggles our industry ...


9 Home Improvements to Promote Healthy Living in Your Home

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7 Tips to Thrive in Today’s Economy

RISMEDIA, November 27, 2009—In today's changing economy, many entrepreneurs and real estate agents are wondering what to do. Some have gone through a cycle of shock, disappointment, fear, and now confusion. What seemed to work in yesterday's marketplace isn't working ...


‘For Your Clients’ Series: 10 Ways to Sell a Home with a Wet Basement

Editor’s Note: RISMedia will be periodically running a 10-part series of helpful tips on how you can help your clients increase the value of their home by improving and maximizing the all-important extra square footage in their basement. ...


House Prices Increase Slightly in Third Quarter 2009; First Quarterly Increase since Second Quarter 2007

RISMEDIA, November 25, 2009—U.S. house prices rose modestly in the third quarter of 2009 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) seasonally adjusted purchase-only house price index (HPI). The HPI, calculated using home sales price information from Fannie Mae ...


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