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Smart Design Creates Energy-Efficient Home

RISMEDIA, July 21, 2010—(MCT)—The Lake County, Fla., home Paul Fallman shares with his wife and two daughters has 4,000 square feet of living space. Yet his electric bills have averaged just $180 a month so far this year, despite record-low ...


The Rising Value of Information in Today’s Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, July 20, 2010—In order to find success in today’s real estate market, real estate professionals must not be content with simply having great content. Instead, they need to go one step further and focus on how they distribute that ...


How Financial Reform Impacts Homeowners and Buyers

RISMEDIA, July 19, 2010—“Homeowners and buyers who are sitting on the sidelines should get moving today, unless they want to get blindsided by the impact of a new law,” said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of the CMPS Institute, an organization that ...


Top 7 Things You Should Know about Financial Regulation Overhaul

RISMEDIA, July 17, 2010—(MCT)—With final Senate passage of the broadest overhaul of financial regulation since the Great Depression, the hard work really starts. Regulators must fill in the blanks in the legislation, and a new agency to protect consumers must ...


Is It Time for a Marketing Reboot?

RISMEDIA, July 16, 2010—“Real estate has shifted.” ...


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. ...


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