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For Social Media ROI, Content Rules

RISMEDIA, July 15, 2010—If we turn the clock back 30 years ago, when we started down this path as real estate agents, it was all about “Call us if you want to sell your home or find a home.” Eventually, ...


From Townhouse to Rental Studio: Downsizing Makes Sense

RISMEDIA, July 14, 2010—(MCT)—Courtney Zinter doesn't have a big house with rooms full of stuff, a fancy car or a manicure habit. But she still has it all. Just not how the Joneses next door would define it. With a ...


For Your Clients: 12 Tips to Make Your Move Simple and Stress-Free

RISMEDIA, July 13, 2010—(MCT)—Packing your belongings and moving is often fraught with high emotions and involves a to-do list a mile long. So, it's tempting to give only passing attention to hiring a mover and the related incidental costs. That ...


Mini-Apartments Catching on Among Renters

RISMEDIA, July 12, 2010—(MCT)—Timm Freeman's Santa Monica apartment has 17-foot ceilings, granite countertops and collector guitars hanging on the wall. He's got a built-in microwave, dishwasher and central air conditioning. ...


5 Ways to Put Some Punch in Your Buyer and Seller Presentations

RISMEDIA, July 10, 2010—Having a firm grasp on the real estate market is no longer good enough as real estate professionals work to gain the attention of today’s buyers and sellers. Being able to recite facts and statistics may have ...


Low Prices and Cheap Loans Abound – But Where Are All the Home Buyers?

RISMEDIA, July 9, 2010—(MCT)—On paper, it's the chance of a lifetime—a golden opportunity not to be missed. ...


Crisis Management: Are You Ready if the Unthinkable Happens?

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2010—Protecting your brand and your hard-earned reputation is one of the biggest challenges real estate professionals face today with the proliferation of social media within the industry. In this month’s Power Broker Roundtable, industry leaders Doug Rebert, ...


The Keys to Staying Engaged in Any Economy

RISMEDIA, July 8, 2010—The recession has proven to be a worrisome challenge to Debra Kraft, a regional marketing director for a large media company. Her organization sells advertising and publishes coupon mailers across a five-state territory. When the economy began ...


How to Answer 5 Common Questions Homeowners Have About Default

RISMEDIA, July 7, 2010—With so many homeowners facing tough decisions about their mortgages in or approaching default, questions abound about how to best handle the complex situation with the bank lenders they're indebted to. To help clarify such confusion and ...


Pending Home Sales Drop as Expected

RISMEDIA, July 6, 2010—Following a surge driven by the home buyer tax credit, pending home sales fell with the expiration of the deadline for qualified buyers to sign a purchase contract, according to the National Association of Realtors. ...


7 Things All Borrowers Should Know About FHA Loans

RISMEDIA, July 3, 2010—FHA Pros, LLC, a national FHA condo approval service, has developed a list of facts speaking to the top misconceptions associated with FHA loans in order to help home buyers better navigate an already confusing market. FHA ...


RE/MAX: Agents Taking Action – Associates Learn, Adjust and Expand to Stay Successful

RISMEDIA, July 2, 2010—Gayle Henderson spent more than a decade building her real estate business and becoming one of the top luxury-home specialists in Arizona. Her hard work was handsomely rewarded—in 2007, she earned more than $500,000 in commissions. ...


Responsible Homeowners Drown in Debt With No Offer of Help

RISMEDIA, July 2, 2010—(MCT)—Scott Katzer owes about $200,000 more than his Fort Lauderdale home is worth. Unable to sell anytime soon, he wants to reduce his monthly mortgage payment by refinancing to a lower interest rate. Katzer doesn't qualify under ...


House Extends Home Buyer Tax Credit Closing Deadline

RISMEDIA, July 1, 2010—(MCT)—The House of Representatives introduced and passed a proposal to extend the original June 30 closing deadline for home buyers who want to get up to $8,000 in tax credits. ...


Housing Crisis Likely to Drag Down Credit Scores

RISMEDIA, June 30, 2010—(MCT)—For countless Americans struggling to make their mortgage payments, the problems have just begun. ...


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