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The New Norm – Americans Expect Their New ‘Normal’ Spending Levels to Be 86% of Pre-Recession Levels

RISMEDIA, March 31, 2009-While the economy is struggling to get through what could become the worst recession since the Great Depression, Americans say that even after the recession ends, their spending will return to just 86% of pre-recession levels, which ...


What You Need to Know Before Working with Foreclosures

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2009-There are legions of agents who seem to think that they will have discovered the proverbial pot o' gold if they are fortunate enough to have a bank or banks hand them their asset recovery properties to ...


Upbeat Economic Indicators Give Americans Hope That Worst May be Over

RISMEDIA, March 28, 2009-(MCT)-A run of encouraging economic reports that have recently been released may mean the worst, panic-inducing stage of the economic downturn is over. Emphasis on the word may. "I think there are signs of economic life," Mark ...


Moving Up In a Down Market: Free Seminar to Offer New Strategies for Working with Expireds, Short Sales, REO and More

RISMEDIA, March 26, 2009-Even top-producing agents are facing tough challenges to keep their business successful in today's struggling economy and housing market. RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network offers the industry's best agents a new approach to staying profitable, ...


Top Producers: Are You Heading for Success or Failure?

Free Top 5 in Real Estate seminar tomorrow will explore new methods to work with expireds, FSBOs, short sales and REO markets ...


Top 5 Hits the Garden State: New Jersey Agents Should Not Miss ‘Moving Up In a Down Market’ Seminar This Week

RISMEDIA, March 24, 2009-Top agents in the New Jersey area still have time to attend ‘Moving Up In a Down Market,' a free seminar presented by RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, on Wedsnesday, March 25 in New Brunswick ...


Mortgage Rates Dip in Response to Fed’s Decision to Buy Treasury Bonds and Mortgage Securities

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2009-(MCT)-Mortgage rates are again dropping to near-record lows - below 5% - in the wake of the Federal Reserve's decision to buy up Treasury bonds and mortgage securities. Lower rates may help spur home sales, but analysts ...


Fed Takes Action to Bolster Lending

RISMEDIA, March 20, 2009-(MCT)-The Federal Reserve escalated its war on the nation's credit crisis, announcing that it would more than double the amount of money it will spend in the coming year in an aggressive effort to force down interest ...


Small Businesses to Benefit as Credit Lines are Loosened

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2009-(MCT)-As the economy continues to suffer and jobs are lost and business owners continually push to keep things moving forward so they are in the right place at the right time when the market turns, President Barack ...


By Popular Demand: Top 5 Returns to the Bay Area This Week

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2009-Top agents in California's Bay Area still have time to attend ‘2009: Lead or Be Left Behind,' a free seminar presented by RISMedia's Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, on Thursday, March 19 at the Hyatt Regency ...


Attendance High for Debut of Top 5 Member Webinar

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5 Tips to Help Your Website Compete

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2009-As real estate professionals who want to make a success of our Internet presence, we should know some of the terminology. But, we should also know how to concentrate our time and efforts on what's important when ...


DTI Ratios: What Homeowners Need to Know

RISMEDIA, March 13, 2009-Ask homeowners about their DTI (debt-to-income) ratios, and they're likely to respond with something like, "My what ratios?!" However, when distressed homeowners are sizing up their foreclosure options, they need to brush up on DTI ratios. Lenders ...


Don’t Get Distracted – Prepare for the Rebound Now

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2009-Who isn't concerned about the current real estate market? If you believe that better days are ahead, there are a few things you should do to prepare before the rebound. Start by evaluating the cost side of your ...


3 Ways to Deliver on the One-Stop-Shopping Promise

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2009-One-stop shopping promises a simpler and better experience for home buyers and sellers. When real estate agents are able to deliver on this promise, they achieve greater referrals through increased client satisfaction. Whether you are already using ...


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