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5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, November 22, 2010—It’s one thing when someone says “Things are looking up,” but quite another when the numbers actually bear that out. Happily, the latter is the case, evidenced by the latest statistics that show that home prices may ...


Real Estate Marketing Strategies: Are You a Salesperson or a Service Person?

RISMEDIA, November 20, 2010—Have you ever considered this question: When you are doing your real estate business, do you feel more like a "salesperson" or more like a “service person?” ...


Home Buyers Get Creative to Close Real Estate Deals

RISMEDIA, November 19, 2010—(MCT)—When Efrain Hernandez couldn't seal a deal before the first-time home buyer tax credit expired earlier this year, he lost faith that he would ever own a house in a market where investors and all-cash buyers are ...


5 Points for Effective Leadership in Today’s Changing Market

RISMEDIA, November 18, 2010—Real estate professionals are playing a critical role in moving the housing market forward through these tough times. Consumers, investors, builders and lenders have turned to highly trained and skilled agents to represent their interests in transactions ...


Tips On How Buyers Can Sift through Housing Inventory Effectively and Efficiently

RISMEDIA, November 17, 2010—Five years ago, a serious buyer who was pre-approved for a mortgage loan typically spent three to four weeks looking for a home and usually visited 15-20 homes. Now the search can take much longer with the ...


Home-Seizure Process Can Heal or Hobble Housing Market

RISMEDIA, November 16, 2010—(MCT)—California and Florida had a lot in common during the housing industry's last boom-and-bust cycle. Both were overrun by buyers hooked on high-risk mortgages, speculators who helped push prices to historic peaks and builders who didn't know ...


7 Strategies to Create a Social Networking Secret Sauce and Attract Good Leads and Referrals

RISMEDIA, November 15, 2010—So you’ve opened an account on Facebook. You’ve got a bunch of friends, including some past customers and clients. Your posts have been about interest rates, why now is a good time to buy, and your latest ...


8 Traits to Boost Your Social Quotient and Your Business

RISMEDIA, November 13, 2010—In a social business world, embracing collaborative leadership skills and competencies can make a big difference in how organizations stay ahead of the competition. Now, more than ever, effective communication—both online and offline—can make or break a ...


Homeowners Hope for Easier and More Streamlined Modification Rules as Result of Foreclosure Probe

RISMEDIA, November 12, 2010—(MCT)—Union County, N.C., homeowner Barry Lancett signed two agreements with a national lender this year to modify the terms of his mortgage but still received a disturbing piece of paperwork: a foreclosure notice. "A deputy comes to your ...


3 Tips to Effectively Manage Your Time

RISMEDIA, November 11, 2010—The person who coined the phrase "time is money" must have been a sales rep paid on commission. In the real estate profession, the old cliché rings true: if you’re not talking to a prospect or client, ...


Company Spotlight: Lowe’s: Laying the Right Foundation for Real Estate Professionals

RISMEDIA, November 10, 2010—Through the tumultuous real estate market downturn of the past few years, one thing has shown very true: getting back to the basics—the fundamentals—is key for real estate agents to keep their business above water…and to even, ...


NAR Buyer and Seller Survey Shows Value of Long-Term Home Ownership

RISMEDIA, November 9, 2010—Home buyers today have affirmed a long-term view of home ownership, the typical seller is experiencing positive returns and the vast majority of home owners see their property as a good investment, according to the latest consumer ...


RREIN Broker Spotlight: Coach Realtors – A Legacy of Success

Maria Patterson: Please tell us about the company’s history. ...


How Decrease in Nationwide Mobility Is Affecting Underwater Homeowners

RISMEDIA, November 6, 2010—(MCT)—Melinda Thompson can't afford to live in North Jersey. And she can't afford to leave. Her property taxes have risen from about $7,000 to about $12,000 in just seven years. She struggles with her mortgage payments, even ...


Faithful Mortgage Payments and Their Effect on the Economy

RISMEDIA, November 5, 2010—(MCT)—For almost two years, home foreclosures have swept the nation, spreading misery among once-buoyant families, spattering lenders with red ink and undermining efforts to restart the economy. But a bigger problem may turn out to be the ...


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