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New Rules Aim to Speed up Short Sales

(MCT)—The short sale process could get a lot quicker starting this summer under new rules that will require lenders to respond to offers within a month. ...


Watch Your Mouth

If you ask the average person how they feel they can give you an answer but not too many can tell you how they got there. Some people believe that they feel a certain way because of whatever the weather ...


RISMedia Partners with Pinnacle Quest Consulting to Manage its Top 5 in Real Estate platform; Appoints Verl Workman as President

John Featherston, CEO and publisher of RISMedia and chairman and co-founder of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network has announced that RISMedia has entered into a strategic alliance with Salt Lake City, Utah-based Pinnacle Quest Consulting to manage the ...


Stable Housing Numbers: Down Payments Remain Elevated

Down payments greater than or equal to 20 percent were made by 34 percent of all residential home purchasers last month, a percentage that has remained relatively stable over the past year, according to the latest REALTOR® Confidence Index survey ...


Existing-Home Sales Decline in March but Inventory Down, Prices Stabilizing

Existing-home sales were down in March but continue to outpace year-ago levels, while inventory tightened and home prices are showing further signs of stabilizing, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Multicultural Buyers: The New American Melting Pot

Just a cursory glance at your television is evidence: the demographic of the U.S. population has changed dramatically in the past decade. America’s population is more diverse than ever before, and savvy real estate agents should prepare now to serve ...


SMART Goals Keep You Focused

It's been said that people who don't have written goals end up working for people who do. The human mind is in many ways very similar to the software in your computer, in that it requires detailed programming to make ...


How One Nugget Can Create a Lot More Business for You

It is not uncommon that I tell an audience that they can have the greatest strategies in the world but if they don’t understand what makes them tick they are still never going to function at their peak performance. While ...


7 Ways to Convert More Internet Leads

You spend a lot of time and effort on your social media campaign, your blog posts and your tweets. You invest a lot of money in sites that promise good leads. And yet, the conversion rates on the leads you ...


Body Language: The Truth about Lying

Some people can't tell a lie, others can't tell the truth and unfortunately, most people can't tell the difference. Can you tell when someone is pulling the wool over your eyes? Whether you're an attorney selecting a jury, a manager ...


Marketing Strategies: The Biggest Mistake Agents Make and How You Can Avoid It

One of the biggest mistakes an agent can make is restricting the flow of energy to their business with the following mindset: “The economy is so slow and I don't even know where my next sale is coming from.” ...


Are Your Presentations iPad Friendly? Why REALTORS Are Embracing Tablet Technology

With over 55 million units sold through the end of 2011, Apple’s iPad has quickly become one of the most successful consumer products in history. With its vast array of features, outstanding resolution and extreme portability, it’s not surprising that ...


Stable Home Prices in 2012, Modest Increases Forecasted for End of Year

The forecast for the rest of 2012 shows mild increases building up to a stronger 1.2 percent by year end, according to the Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report, recently released by Clear Capital®, with data through March 2012. The ...


What Is Your Story?

This is tough for me to admit as a man but recently I caught an episode of Oprah’s new show called “Life Class.” If you haven’t seen the show I would highly recommend it. For many of you that have ...


Marketing Strategies: 3 Essential Steps to Working Smarter, Not Harder

Many of us may have been raised by parents who had depression era scarcity beliefs about money and working harder. Perhaps you believe that in order to be successful you must work long hours, struggle and sacrifice, ...