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How to Boost Accountability at Your Company

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—Do you have an accountability problem at your real estate company? According to Rick Lepsinger, president of OnPoint Consulting and author of Closing the Execution Gap: How Great Leaders and Their Companies Get Results, there are two ...


Housing Tax Incentives Benefit Younger Households Most

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—New research from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals that the benefits of housing-related tax deductions, such as the mortgage interest deduction, generally decline in value as individuals age. Using Internal Revenue Service Statistics of ...


Impending FHA Changes Underscore Need for Realtors to Stay Apprised of Mortgage Options

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—On October 4, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will implement changes to the premium structures for an FHA-backed mortgage, making it more costly for home buyers to procure FHA loan products. This imminent change in FHA lending, ...


4 Tips to Help Harness the Power of Positive Self-Talk

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—In 1957, Earl Nightingale, speaker, author and co-founder of the Nightingale-Conant Corporation, recorded his classic motivational record "The Strangest Secret." "The Strangest Secret" sold over one million copies and made history in the recording industry by being ...


Obama Administration September Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Advances in Housing Market; Challenges Remain

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the September edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard), a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The ...


Housing Starts Jump 10.5 Percent in August 2010

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—(MCT)—New housing starts surged 10.5% in August 2010 to the highest level since spring, but the activity was driven by a sharp spike in apartment construction, government data showed. Housing starts rose in August to an annualized ...


Professionalism: What Is It, and What Can You Do to Improve It in Your Agents?

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—While every industry defines professionalism in a different way, it is crucial that real estate professionals understand how to recognize and encourage professionalism in their agents. In this month’s Power Broker Round Table, industry experts Stephen Baird ...


How Blogging Turns Social Marketing into a Money-Making Machine: Part I – Mastering the Mindset

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—Social media and social marketing offer us an opportunity that is so much more powerful than most people realize. As Allan Dalton, chief marketing officer for RISMedia and co-founder and president of the Top 5 in ...


5 Powerful Tips to Successfully Train Your Agents

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—Real estate professionals across the board understand the importance of training—whether we are experiencing a difficult market like today’s or one in which everything is moving along smoothly. John Boe, nationally recognized sales trainer and business motivational ...


A Changing Landscape – Crucial Factors to Keep in Mind before You Decide to Refinance

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—The lowest mortgage interest rates in decades have sent thousands of homeowners eager to refinance their home loans scurrying into lenders' offices. Many leave empty-handed and upset. A multipronged whammy of lower home values, new appraisal guidelines ...


Lowe’s, REbuildUSA Launch Program to Support FHA Streamlined 203(k) Loan

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—In today’s housing market, many homes for sale are in need of repairs and renovations. The FHA Streamlined 203(k) program helps add money into a mortgage for repairs and renovations. Lowe’s and REbuildUSA are partnering to bring ...


Real Estate Video Marketing – ‘Land Vlogging,’ a Niche to Invest In

RISMEDIA, September 16, 2010—Land Vlogging: video blogging about land listings. This new term describes the filming of videos of land in your area in order to become the definitive source of this content in your market. Arranging your library of ...


Ask the Experts – Designing for Traditional Web vs. Mobile Web

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—In the world of mobile marketing and technology, one of the questions that comes up when talking about a mobile Web solution is, “What’s the difference between what my website provider is offering and what a mobile ...


Tips to Put a Successful Prospect Marketing Plan in Place

RISMEDIA, September 14, 2010—What are you doing to prospect for new business? When I pose this question to brokers and agents, I usually don’t get a concise response. I usually hear a laundry list of things that agents are trying ...


Competitive Differentiation: What Really Works

RISMEDIA, September 13, 2010—While all real estate companies claim to be “different than the rest,” to consumers, most real estate companies seem about the same. What’s more, today’s consumer is wiser and more demanding than ever. Armed with market information ...


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