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Registration for Leadership Conference Now Open

RISMEDIA, June 8, 2009-Registration for RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Leadership Conference is now open. ...


Reinvent Now, But How?

RISMEDIA, June 6, 2009-Recently in this column, I offered some suggestions to address the need to recruit the real estate agent of tomorrow, the need to reduce your physical "footprint" and the need to have an integrated technology strategy. Most ...


Elevate Your Career with Top 5 – ‘Real Estate Solutions for Today’s Market’ Seminar to Be Held in Bethesda, Maryland Next Week

RISMEDIA, June 5, 2009-Top agents in the Bethesda, Maryland area encouraged to attend "Real Estate Solutions for Today's Market,"  a free seminar presented by RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® President, Allan Dalton and former CEO of Realtor.com, on ...


Real Estate Q&A – The Low-Down on Listing Home Inspection Costs

RISMEDIA, June 5, 2009-(MCT)-Question: I have been looking for a house. I was driving in an area that I like and noticed a house I had long admired had just gone up for sale. I called the listing Realtor, viewed the ...


Distressed Properties—Blight or Boon?

Midyear Power Broker Panel Discusses the Pros and Cons REOs, Short Sales ...


Everything Old Is New Again – 11 Tips to Help Jumpstart Your Career

RISMEDIA, June 2, 2009-Have you ever caught yourself saying that you should go back to doing this or that because it was successful or beneficial when you did so? Perhaps you were vigilant about following up with past clients. You ...


Home Prices Fall in First Quarter; Pace of Decline Lessens Considerably

RISMEDIA, June 1, 2009-U.S. home prices fell in the first quarter of 2009 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA) seasonally-adjusted purchase-only house price index (HPI). The previously announced, but revised January and February indexes showed increases in house ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies- 5 Ways to Double Your Income Using Your SOI

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Strong Buyer Activity in Lower Price Ranges Allows Existing-Home Sales to Rise in April

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-Existing-home sales rose in April with strong buyer activity in lower price ranges, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales-including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops-increased 2.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million ...


Multifamily Builder Confidence Up from Record Lows

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-Recent hints of optimism in the housing industry appear to have spread to the multifamily sector, according to the first quarter of 2009 results of the Multifamily Rental Market Index (MRMI) and the Multifamily Condo Market Index ...


Commercial Real Estate Hurt by Credit Crunch and Weak Economy

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-The general economic downturn, complicated by a severe credit crunch in commercial real estate, is dampening commercial real estate activity. In addition, a forward-looking index shows the forecast for commercial real estate sectors will remain weak for ...


MLS 5.0 – Creating the MLS of the Future

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2009-It is not the intent of this column, nor is it possible, to answer every question about MLS 5.0; rather it is to begin the discussion and move to outcomes that will be beneficial to the stakeholders: ...


Rethinking Remodeling: Homeowners Want More Bang for Their Home-Improvement Buck

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2009-(MCT)-Fewer homeowners may be starting complete kitchen remodels, but they're still replacing countertops and re-facing cabinets. They're also investing in improvements to make their homes more energy-efficient, according to a recent home remodeling and repair report by ...


Buyer Interest in Foreclosures Spikes, Says Survey

Harris survey shows 55% of U.S. adults would consider buying foreclosed home ...


Housing Affordability Surges to Highest Level in 18 Years

RISMEDIA, May 20, 2009-Nationwide housing affordability jumped 10 percentage points during the first quarter of 2009 to its highest level since the series began 18 years ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


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