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A Bigger Consumer Pipeline Helps Realtors Build Relationships

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2009-One could easily argue that Realtor.com put real estate on the map in terms of Internet marketing. You'd be hard pressed to find a more pervasive, more consumer-branded Web-based real estate platform out there. But in today's market, ...


Register Now: Early-Bird Discount Deadline for Top 5 Leadership Conference Extended until August 15

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2009-The deadline to participate in the $100 savings on the registration fee for this year's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Leadership Conference ends this weekend, August 15. Register now and pay just $299 (regularly $399), and ...


Refinances in Second Quarter Reduce Mortgage Payments by $3.4 Billion in Coming Year

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2009-In the second quarter of 2009, half of borrowers who refinanced their loan lowered their annual mortgage interest rate by at least 20% according to Freddie Mac's quarterly Refinance Report. The new interest rate was about 1.25 percentage ...


Real Estate Professionals: Promote Your Value Now More Than Ever

JD Power and Associates survey reveals importance of extra services increases as buyers and sellers seek value from real estate companies ...


Are Increasing Foreclosures Swallowing Modest Gains in Mortgage Repairs?

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2009-As the Treasury Department urges mortgage servicing companies to step up their efforts to stop foreclosures, the latest available figures show that the number of households at risk of foreclosure is seven times the number of loan modifications, ...


Act Now to Save $50 a Night on Hotel Reservations for Leadership

RISMEDIA, July 28, 2009-Real estate professionals interested in attending this year's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Leadership Conference still have time to save $50 a night on hotel reservations at The Roosevelt Hotel in mid-town Manhattan where the event is ...


Why You Must Attend This Year’s Top 5 Leadership Conference

RISMEDIA, July 27, 2009-If your business has been affected by the challenges we face in the changing economy, attending this year's Top 5 in Real Estate Network Leadership Conference is a must. Foreclosures, short sales and working with expired listings will ...


Signs of Change: Existing-Home Sales Rise 3.6% in June

RISMEDIA, July 24, 2009-Existing-home sales rose for the third consecutive month with inventory easing and home prices declining less sharply in June, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


Slow and Steady – Foreclosure Process Tests Patience

RISMEDIA, July 23, 2009-(MCT)-It's not a very common question, but one that is being asked more often than not as homeowners navigate their way through today's market. The question is simple: How do you get a lender to speed up the ...


First-Time Home Buyers Eager to Reap Tax Credit Benefits, but Unsure of Details

RISMEDIA, July 22, 2009-The federal tax credit for first-time home buyers is now half way to its Dec. 1, 2009, expiration date, and it seems fair to ask just how much it is helping real estate markets. The RE/MAX network ...


Signs of Stability: Housing Market Shows 12th Consecutive Monthly Decrease in Number of Listed Homes

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2009-The U.S. housing market continues to show signs of stabilization with a drop in the number of Multiple Listing Service (MLS)-listed homes for the twelfth consecutive month. The number of single family homes and condos listed for ...


An Event Not to Be Missed – Recharge at This Year’s Leadership Conference

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2009-Foreclosures, short sales and working with expired listings will be in focus this year at RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network Leadership Conference, Sept. 9-10 at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Our panels ...


Can the Industry Restore Consumer Confidence? Industry Leaders Weigh In

RISMEDIA, July 17, 2009-A few years back a Harris Poll survey found that Realtors were named among the "Top 12 Most Trusted Professionals in America." How do American home buyers and sellers feel today? In this month's NAR Power Broker ...


Under One Roof: Everyone Wins When Real Estate Brokerages and Banks Work Together

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2009-Real estate transactions can be complicated, but according to a 2008 Harris Interactive consumer survey ("Room for Improvement: Perspectives of the Real Estate Consumer and the Professionals Who Serve Them"), home buyers who used a one-stop shop in ...


4 Easy Ways to Cultivate First-Time Home Buyers

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2009-Snap out of it! This article is about cultivating your first-time home-buying clientele after they are snuggled in nicely. The average home turnover is about 11 years, with a range of six to 16 years, depending upon your ...


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