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Survey Reveals Nation’s Leading Real Estate Firms: RISMedia Annual Power Broker Survey Launches Today

Despite a challenging real estate market, the industry’s leading residential brokerage firms continue to demonstrate resiliency and growth, and will prove this by participating in RISMedia’s 24th Annual Power Broker Report & Survey. As the industry’s preeminent report ranking the industry’s top ...


Leading Brokerage Increases Sales 49 Percent in 2011: What’s Their Secret?

In a year when breaking even on year-over-year home sales might be considered a lofty goal for some real estate companies, Blue Ridge, Georgia's Coldwell Banker High Country Realty, has reported a 49 percent increase in homes sold in 2011 ...


Remodeling Market Index Rises to Five-Year High

Remodeling sentiment rose to the highest level in five years, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the fourth quarter of 2011. Released yesterday, the RMI increased to 46.6 in the fourth quarter ...


Homeownership Matters to State of the Union

National Association of REALTORS® President Moe Veissi made the following statement, regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address this week. ...


Marketing Strategies: Create Your 2012 Success Blueprint

Many people who want to create success for the New Year don’t realize that in order to do that, they need to have a blueprint for success. What does that mean specifically? It takes two things to create a blueprint ...


Success Strategies: 4 Quick Ways to Be More Productive

If being connected 24/7 was supposed to make our lives easier, the business world didn’t get the memo. Most American professionals just can’t shake the end-of-the-day feeling that they didn’t get enough done. So day after day, they find themselves ...


Disclosure Lawsuits: Are You Unknowingly Putting Yourself at Risk?

The growing number of lawsuits over non-disclosure of land pollution is creating increased liability for real estate brokers. Soil contamination, groundwater contamination and concern surrounding hazardous vapor intrusion into homes is putting real estate brokers on the firing line ...


Recruit Your Way to the Top

Essentially a sales manager's primary responsibility is to recruit, train and motivate his or her sales force to achieve peak performance. Of these three vitally important tasks, recruiting is the least understood and by far the most challenging. ...


Fastest Pace of Single-Family Housing Starts Rising in Two Years Reported

Nationwide production of new single-family homes rose 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 470,000 units in December, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. This marked a third consecutive increase and the fastest pace ...


Marketing Strategies: Stop Being So Hard on Yourself

When I coach real estate agents, I often hear the misconception that they need to be hard on themselves in order to succeed. ...


REALTORS® Recognize Credit Union as Valuable Member Benefit

Since it opened in May 2009, the REALTORS® Federal Credit Union has created quite a buzz, becoming a benefit among National Association of REALTOR® members. The union offers a portfolio of services and products, and was recently rated the fastest ...


RISMedia to Showcase Celebrity Home Listings

Agents, have you ever listed or sold a home owned by a celebrity? If so, we want to know about it! RISMedia is excited to announce that in 2012 we will be significantly expanding our coverage of celebrity homes and ...


Selling Point: Sit Up Straight and Pay Attention

Several years ago, I read a fascinating article about a body language experiment that was conducted by a group of marketing students attending a major university. The experiment was designed to measure the impact, if any, of nonverbal communications on ...


Mortgage Rates Continue Trend of Record-Breaking Lows

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey®, showing mortgage rates easing to new all-time record lows for all products covered in the survey helping to keep homebuyer affordability high. The average for the 30-year fixed ...


The Vote is In: Americans Place High Value on Homeownership

By an overwhelming margin, American voters strongly value homeownership and would oppose efforts to weaken or eliminate the mortgage interest deduction or diminish a federal role to help qualified home buyers obtain affordable 30-year mortgages, according to a new ...


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