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Accepting Change with an Open Mind – Pearson Properties Affiliates with Prudential and Continues Pattern of Success

RISMEDIA, October 4, 2010—Prudential Real Estate is continuing its pattern of success in the real estate industry with the announcement of its latest affiliation—San Ramon, California-based Pearson Properties, Inc. Led by Broker/Owner Gretchen Pearson, the addition of Pearson Properties and ...


The Short Sales Pipeline: What’s Being Done to Get Them to the Table

RISMEDIA, October 2, 2010—(MCT)—Despite industry and government efforts to make short sales—transactions in which the lender agrees to accept less than the mortgage amount owed by the homeowner—easier and more quickly accomplished, improvements are coming up, well, short. In some ...


Behind the Motivation – How Will Historic Mason-McDuffie Affiliation with BH&G Impact Industry?

RISMEDIA, October 1, 2010—In one of the most challenging real estate markets we’ve experienced in years, real estate professionals across the board are taking the time to set themselves up to find success in today’s market and ride the wave ...


NEWS ALERT: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Announces Largest New Franchise Affiliation in Brand’s History

Powerhouse Brokerage Firm in California and Nevada Brings $2.8 Billion in Annual Sales, 1,900 Sales Professionals to Fast-Growing Brand; Will Operate as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Mason-McDuffie ...


How to Boost Accountability at Your Company

RISMEDIA, September 30, 2010—Do you have an accountability problem at your real estate company? According to Rick Lepsinger, president of OnPoint Consulting and author of Closing the Execution Gap: How Great Leaders and Their Companies Get Results, there are two ...


Housing Tax Incentives Benefit Younger Households Most

RISMEDIA, September 29, 2010—New research from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals that the benefits of housing-related tax deductions, such as the mortgage interest deduction, generally decline in value as individuals age. Using Internal Revenue Service Statistics of ...


Impending FHA Changes Underscore Need for Realtors to Stay Apprised of Mortgage Options

RISMEDIA, September 28, 2010—On October 4, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will implement changes to the premium structures for an FHA-backed mortgage, making it more costly for home buyers to procure FHA loan products. This imminent change in FHA lending, ...


4 Tips to Help Harness the Power of Positive Self-Talk

RISMEDIA, September 27, 2010—In 1957, Earl Nightingale, speaker, author and co-founder of the Nightingale-Conant Corporation, recorded his classic motivational record "The Strangest Secret." "The Strangest Secret" sold over one million copies and made history in the recording industry by being ...


Obama Administration September Housing Scorecard Shows Continued Advances in Housing Market; Challenges Remain

RISMEDIA, September 24, 2010—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released the September edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard (www.hud.gov/scorecard), a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. The ...


Housing Starts Jump 10.5 Percent in August 2010

RISMEDIA, September 23, 2010—(MCT)—New housing starts surged 10.5% in August 2010 to the highest level since spring, but the activity was driven by a sharp spike in apartment construction, government data showed. Housing starts rose in August to an annualized ...


Professionalism: What Is It, and What Can You Do to Improve It in Your Agents?

RISMEDIA, September 22, 2010—While every industry defines professionalism in a different way, it is crucial that real estate professionals understand how to recognize and encourage professionalism in their agents. In this month’s Power Broker Round Table, industry experts Stephen Baird ...


How Blogging Turns Social Marketing into a Money-Making Machine: Part I – Mastering the Mindset

RISMEDIA, September 21, 2010—Social media and social marketing offer us an opportunity that is so much more powerful than most people realize. As Allan Dalton, chief marketing officer for RISMedia and co-founder and president of the Top 5 in ...


5 Powerful Tips to Successfully Train Your Agents

RISMEDIA, September 20, 2010—Real estate professionals across the board understand the importance of training—whether we are experiencing a difficult market like today’s or one in which everything is moving along smoothly. John Boe, nationally recognized sales trainer and business motivational ...


A Changing Landscape – Crucial Factors to Keep in Mind before You Decide to Refinance

RISMEDIA, September 18, 2010—(MCT)—The lowest mortgage interest rates in decades have sent thousands of homeowners eager to refinance their home loans scurrying into lenders' offices. Many leave empty-handed and upset. A multipronged whammy of lower home values, new appraisal guidelines ...


Lowe’s, REbuildUSA Launch Program to Support FHA Streamlined 203(k) Loan

RISMEDIA, September 15, 2010—In today’s housing market, many homes for sale are in need of repairs and renovations. The FHA Streamlined 203(k) program helps add money into a mortgage for repairs and renovations. Lowe’s and REbuildUSA are partnering to bring ...


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