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A ‘Tweet and Greet’ Approach to Bettering Your Business

By now, I'm sure we can all agree that Facebook is an invaluable tool to help establish new business and further promote to your sphere of influence. However, REALTORS® can't simply use Facebook as their only solution to their social ...


Improving Foreclosure Prices Drive Recovery

Significant price increases in bank-owned foreclosures are driving gains at the national, regional and local levels, helping home prices turn the corner with small quarterly and yearly gains. ...


Are You Settling for Mediocrity?

I go running on a regular basis in order to keep up my cardio, and my two sons, ages 5 and 3, will usually stretch with me beforehand and then, many times, run around the house until I get back. ...


Low Mortgage Rates Attracting More Short-term Borrowers

(MCT)—As mortgage rates sink deeper into record territory, homeowners are refinancing into 15-year loans at a pace not seen in a decade, aiming to pay off their debt in time for retirement. ...


RISMedia’s First Ever Twitter Contest Rewards Readers with AmEx Gift Card

Here at RISMedia, we are grateful for our faithful readers, Facebook friends and Twitter followers! To show our appreciation, we are paying you back—in cash! Well, sort of. ...


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 ...


Report Showcase: The Seven Deadly Sins of Real Estate Marketing…and How to Avoid Them

Real estate marketing has become more complex than ever and homebuyer and seller expectations continue to change rapidly. To help real estate professionals address these concerns and understand the common mistakes that deflect them from their goals, HomeFinder.com has published ...


Enough Already

I am a firm believer that you can only do so many things great. I guess you could say that I fall in line with the phrase, “jack of all trades, master of none.” Now I do believe that some ...


The Fiscal Cliff: What It Means for Housing and Home Builders

At the end of 2012, a number of tax and spending policies are scheduled to change. Taken together, these changes may exert a strong fiscal drag on an already fragile macroeconomic environment depending on the actions of Congress. Federal Reserve ...


Nationwide Housing Affordability Reaches New Record High

Nationwide housing affordability hit a new record high for a second consecutive quarter in the first three months of this year, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). Yet tight lending conditions continue to ...


Recovery News: U.S. Home Sales Up 3.4% in April

Existing-home sales rose in April and remain above a year ago, while home prices continued to rise, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The improvements in sales and prices ...


Why Would You Rob Yourself?

Sometimes I wonder if people truly understand who they are and if they really value themselves on the level that they need to. Let’s face it; there is nobody in this world that you will spend more time with than ...


U.S. Homeownership Aspirations Aren’t Dead: Owning a Home Remains Defining Element of American Dream

As the country continues to emerge from the turbulent mortgage period, a Homebuyer Poll released by TD Bank reveals aspirations of homeownership are still very much alive in the U.S. The majority (84 percent) of today’s younger renting generation (ages ...


Help! Google Doesn’t Think I’m Relevant! Here’s What You Can Do

Google continues to dominate search engine market share and establish itself as one of today’s most recognizable brands, because of one simple word – relevance. ...


REO Properties: Responsibilities, Education, and Opportunities for Real Estate Professionals

With real estate owned (REO) properties numbering in the millions, agents vying for new business opportunities will find an abounding REO market. With the right insurances in place, brokers will be able to both support their agents’ REO business while ...


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