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Managing Your Online Reputation

According to the 2010 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, for the last three years, about 90% of home buyers used the Internet in their home search. And while the survey suggests that buyers may begin their home search ...


7-Point Checklist for a Healthy Website

Even the healthiest websites should be refreshed, retooled and refocused from time to time so that they generate the maximum results you desire. Here is a checklist to work from to make sure your website is on track for success: ...


Rand on Real Estate: Federal Government Announces Plans to Convert Foreclosures into Investor-owned Rentals

Greg Rand (@gsrand) (http://twitter.com/gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica (http://ownamerica.com) hosts Rand on Real Estate on 770 WABC; this week he discusses the White House's announcement and breaks it down. “It sounds good,” Rand says, “but it's more ...


Tip Your Communications into Overdrive

You hand them out frequently to relatives, clients and others. You receive them, good and bad. What are they? They’re tips, and we get and give them regularly. You can use targeted tips to bridge your communication efforts and quickly ...


TransUnion: Mortgage Delinquencies Plummeted in Second Quarter

The national mortgage delinquency rate (the rate of borrowers 60 or more days past due) decreased for the sixth consecutive quarter, dropping to 5.82 percent at the end of the second quarter in 2011 according to a quarterly analysis of ...


Welcome to the New RISMedia Daily e-News!

RISMedia is excited to announce the release of its new and improved daily e-news layout for RISMedia and Top 5 in Real Estate Network® subscribers. With a modern, cleaner design, our readers will enjoy the same timely and relevant news ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are Your Beliefs Subconsciously Pushing Success Away?

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2011—As you read these statements—all of which came from actual clients—do any of them sound familiar? If you grew up in this society then you undoubtedly were conditioned to have conflicting beliefs about success. ...


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Six Stand-Out Industry Contributors

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2011—I had no intention of making my original article, “MLSs Taking Control of your Destiny,”  a “series,” but after receiving tremendous feedback on it and hearing all of the discussion around it at a recent conference, ...


Rand on Real Estate: Jacksonville, Florida – Vacation vs. Investment Home

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2011—Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, hosts “Rand on Real Estate” on 770 WABC. This week, Rand speaks with a caller from Long Island, N.Y. who is interested in the Jacksonville, FL market. ...


Company Spotlight: Focusing on the Customer Experience Makes All the Difference

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2011—As many consumers would likely agree, a good or bad customer experience can change everything. This is a reality that Illinois-based Home Warranty of America (HWA) not only takes to heart, but actively implements into its everyday ...


The Contact Manager Dilemma

RISMEDIA, August 6, 2011—As real estate professionals, one of our most valuable assets is our database—and one of most important things we do as agents and brokers is to build and maintain that database. It is critical, therefore, to utilize ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Overcome the 7 Ways ‘Perfectionism’ Can Stop You from Success

RISMEDIA, August 5, 2011—Are you a perfectionist? Do you know someone who is? Have you ever wondered if perfectionism is a help or hindrance on the road to success? ...


Strategy Session: Latest Gadgets Don’t Help without a Plan

Wouldn’t it be terrific if the latest gadget would actually make you more money with less effort? And wouldn’t it be even better if you could get all the money back you’ve already spent on products ...


REALTORS® to Regulators: Narrow QRM Definition Not Necessary to Assure Safe, Sound Mortgage Lending

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2011—A proposed rule by federal regulators to impose a minimum 20 percent down payment, stringent debt-to-income ratio requirements and rigid credit standards will deny millions of Americans access to safe, low-cost mortgages, according to the National Association ...


Humanization, Relationships and Likeability

RISMEDIA, Aug 2, 2011—We can trace word-of-mouth marketing all the way back to 2000 B.C. when Eve said to Adam, “You ought to try a bite of this apple.” The Garden of Eden scenario represents marketing in its purest form—after ...