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Could You Be Using Social Media More Effectively?

RISMEDIA, May 17, 2010—Do you want to get more involved in social media but aren’t sure where to start or maybe how to maximize its return on investment? If so, you’re not alone. ...


Business Building: Put Good Faith in New RESPA Rules for Clients

RISMEDIA, May 15, 2010—There has been some debate and confusion across the industry over the new RESPA rules from HUD that took effect Jan. 1 for lenders. While the key players iron out the wrinkles, you can focus on supporting ...


To the Survivors Go the Spoils of Wrecked Housing Market

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2010—(MCT)—Residential developers and homebuilders who survived the housing bust now are feasting on the remains of those who didn't. ...


Strategies for Success: Brokers, Where Are All of Your Internet Leads Going?

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2010—With the array of products, technologies and systems out there, are you getting maximum benefit from your Internet marketing and personnel investment? Today, many brokerages invest not only in their own Web blog or social media ...


Survey Suggests Affordable Prices and Mortgage Rates Could Help Propel Housing Market Past Tax Expiration

RISMEDIA, May 12, 2010—The majority of people looking for, or considering buying, a home had no plans to take advantage of the first-time or move-up/repeat home buyer tax credits, according to a survey recently released from Better Homes and Gardens ...


Tight Credit Stymies Homeowners with Best Intentions to Build Green

RISMEDIA, May 10, 2010—(MCT)—Well-qualified borrowers with sterling credit, Eva and Daryl Lehman didn't expect to have a problem getting a mortgage when they set out to build their dream home in Wisconsin's Sheboygan County. ...


Niche Web Strategies for Working Short Sales

RISMEDIA, May 8, 2010—A key element for working short sales is making sure you can get the word out in your market to let sellers know there are options other than the foreclosure route. Many times, the homeowner is hiding. ...


Simplifying the Process: Lowe’s and RE-buildUSA Streamline the 203k Loan Process for Agents and Their Clients

RISMEDIA, May 7, 2010—In today’s stringent credit climate, the process of securing a loan approval involves many details that can be easily overlooked by prospective home buyers. The 203k loan—an FHA loan that enables home buyers to purchase and renovate ...


Homeowners Loosen Purse Strings for Home Improvement Projects

RISMEDIA, May 6, 2010—(MCT)—Spring cleaning is turning into spring remodeling this year for many homeowners. ...


Pending Home Sales on an Upswing

RISMEDIA, May 5, 2010—Pending home sales increased again in March 2010, affirming that a surge of home sales is unfolding for the spring home buying season, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) ...


RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® Launches Nationwide

RISMEDIA—May 3, 2010—In an effort to combat the consumer perception of “brokerage sameness” and identify those real estate firms most committed to serving the needs of today’s consumers, RISMedia has launched RISMedia’s Real Estate Information Network® (RREIN), a network of ...


Restructuring the Financial Markets: An Update on Lending

RISMEDIA, April 30, 2010—While there are varying opinions about the current state of the economy, one thing is for certain—continued growth depends heavily on loan availability for every qualified buyer. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is pushing heavily to ...


End of Home Buyer Tax Credit Unlikely to Deter Most Real Estate Buyers

RISMEDIA, April 29, 2010—The expiration of the 2010 Home Buyer Tax Credits on April 30 is unlikely to put off Americans looking to purchase homes who believe now is a good time to buy and are confident that home prices ...


New Home Sales Bounce Almost 27% Higher in March 2010

RISMEDIA, April 28, 2010—(MCT)—Sales of new homes broke out of a four-month winter slump with a bang in March 2010, soaring 26.9% over February, the government recently said, evidence that federal tax incentives for buyers due to expire next week ...


The 2010 Power Broker Report – Back from the Brink

RISMEDIA, April 26, 2010—If you are reading this, it means you’ve survived. Congratulations. You might be surprised to know you’re not alone. ...


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