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Home Prices Rise by More Than 12 Percent; Where Are the Hot Markets?

Following its predicted forecast, the housing recovery continues to push forward as we move from spring to summer. CoreLogic recently released its April CoreLogic HPI report showing an increase in home prices nationwide of 12.1 percent on a year-over-year basis in ...


Hollywood Pair List Long-Time Residence

Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig have recently listed their Santa Monica, Calif. residence for $6.9 million dollars. Olin, an actor, director and producer (“Alias,” “Brothers & Sisters),” and Wettig, a three-time Emmy-winning actress (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Thirtysomething”) have lived in the ...


How to Master Social Media: The Do’s and Don’ts for Real Estate

Social media isn’t going anywhere. Oh wait, yes it is... it’s going everywhere! Social media is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to share your brand with a large audience. ...


Millennials Fueling New-Home Building Uptick

As the housing recovery presses onward, a new generation of buyers is leading the way: millennials. Not only is this younger generation full of fresh enthusiasm for homeownership, but they have a fresh idea of what their homes should look like, ...


Why Single Family Real Estate Rentals Are Here to Stay

Is the single family rental boom just another real estate bubble? Or are we witnessing the expansion of a new housing option, one that’s perfect for a generation burned by the housing bust? ...


Real Estate Has Changed – Are You Changing with It? Top Brokers Tell Us How

Yes, the real estate market is in recovery mode…but no, it’s not the same market it used to be. If you’re taking a same-show-different-channel approach to your business, you will likely ...


Real Estate Brokers Get Fierce in the Face of Inventory Challenges

With the current shortage of inventory across the nation, many real estate brokers are facing a challenge they haven’t dealt with in a long time. In today’s market, it’s no longer about getting buyers to buy—it’s about getting homes on the market ...


RISMedia’s Great Spaces: For Sale: Paradise Property, Walls Optional

Want to move to paradise? Who could blame you! This Hawaiian estate, located on the big island of Hawaii, is called Laule’a, or “a place of peace and happiness.” Happiness, indeed! Overlooking the fifth green of the Kona Country Club’s mauka course ...


Sellers Calling the Shots, Bidding Wars Are Back – Survey Finds Buyers Are Going ‘Above and Beyond’ to Force Deals Through

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive and released by Century 21 Real Estate LLC this week reveals a dramatic reversal in previous years’ buyers’ market status. A current lack of inventory is producing a surplus of offers in many markets, giving ...


Home Sales Soar, Consumer Confidence Returns—Multiple Offers and Demand for Advice Powers REALTORS’® Value

The more than 100 major real estate brokers who attended RISMedia’s Mid-Year Power Broker Forum earlier this month virtually all reported first quarter gains in transactions and dollar volume from 2012. Consumer confidence combined with near historic low mortgage interest rates ...


Why We Choose Safety over Excellence (and How to Reprogram)

Brett is over the moon. He has just received a long-awaited promotion and with it the opportunity to present to his firm’s key clients. But his excitement is short-lived: In almost every client meeting, he freezes up and stumbles over the ...


6 Steps Brokers Must Take to Protect Their Role in the Real Estate Transaction

For many brokers and agents, worry is mounting that popular real estate listing portals will do to the real estate business what Expedia did to travel agents—that is, make their business model and role obsolete. The fear that keeps some brokers ...


Extended Warranties Gain Momentum as Home Prices Increase

As home prices begin to rebound – as much as 9.7 percent this year by some estimates – more home sellers are purchasing extended home warranties (also called service contracts) to give themselves a competitive edge. ...


Questions to Answer before Your Next Redesign

Why is it that website redesigns with the best intentions always seem to find a way to go awry? ...


The ‘Mobile First’ Mentality

We’ve all heard of the ‘mobile first’ mentality, persisted by quotes from tech giants such as Dr. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, who said, “If you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a future strategy.” We ...


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