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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). ...


Distressed Properties and First-Time Home Buyers – The Recipe for Real Estate Recovery?

RISMEDIA, May 23, 2009-(MCT)-Value-conscious, first-time buyers have become key to the housing market's recovery, and they are snapping up priced-right foreclosures despite the warts-and-all, sold-as-is condition of the properties. Half of the sales made in the year's first quarter were ...


Is the Jumbo Mortgage Market Holding Back Recovery?

RISMEDIA, May 18, 2009-Limited availability and unusually high interest rates in the jumbo loan market are adversely affecting the rest of the housing market. This is just one of the insights from recent National Association of Realtors® research on the ...


Homeowner Confidence Shrinks – Most Americans Now Believe Their Home’s Value Has Declined

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2009-American homeowners have a solid understanding of what has happened to the values of their own homes over the past year. A majority (60%) believe their own home lost value during the past 12 months, according to ...


Are You Maximizing Your Distressed Property Business? Expert Panel to Offer Insights Today at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

RISMEDIA, May 14, 2009-A panel of five sought-after real estate leaders will explore new ways for brokers and agents to maximize the distressed property business today during RISMedia's 4th Annual Power Broker Forum at NAR Midyear. Those planning to attend ...


Heading to Midyear NAR? Don’t Miss RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum on Distressed Properties

RISMEDIA, May 13, 2009-Real estate professionals who have registered to attend the Midyear NAR Conference should plan to attend RISMedia's 4th Annual Power Broker Forum and Reception, being held during the event. This year's Forum will focus on "Maximizing Distressed Property ...


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