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New-Home Sales Fall to Record-Low Level

RISMEDIA, February 26, 2010—(MCT)—Sales of new U.S. homes plunged 11.2% in January 2010 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 309,000, the lowest rate on record dating back to 1963, the Commerce Department recently reported. ...


9 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid as We Rebuild Real Estate

RISMEDIA, February 25, 2010—With 2010 expected to be another slow year for real estate, many industry executives and analysts are wondering what additional steps—beyond cost cutting and downsizing—can be taken to weather the turbulent times. ...


Company Spotlight: Securing Short Sales

RISMEDIA, February 25, 2010—For Mark Stark, success means confronting reality and seizing the situation at hand. By doing so, his firm, Prudential Americana Group, has been able to thrive, despite the challenges of the Las Vegas marketplace. ...


8 Reasons Why E-mail Marketing Works

RISMEDIA, February 24, 2010—Mention e-mail marketing to real estate agents and you may find that many are still hesitant to move away from their tried-and-true snail mail methods. Others, however, are rapidly discovering that e-mail marketing is just about one ...


There’s Still Time: Brokers Rush to Be Counted Among Leaders

RISMEDIA, February 23, 2010—As brokers continue to seek to be included in RISMedia’s 22nd Annual Power Broker Report & Survey—the preeminent ranking of the country’s leading real estate firms—RISMedia announces an extension of the survey’s deadline to Monday, March 1. ...


A Golden Opportunity: 203k Program Helps First-Time Buyers Turn Dreams into Reality

RISMEDIA, February 22, 2010—As a first-time home buyer, Jessica Garcia was excited last April to officially begin her home search. She found a home within her price range, completed the lengthy paperwork and paid for the appraisals, only to later ...


Short Sale Buyers Face Difficulty Closing Deals Quickly

RISMEDIA, February 19, 2010—(MCT)—Rachel Nacion-Ograyensek and her husband are getting nervous. The house that the two apartment dwellers want to buy—the one with the double oven, pool and tiled patio—may slip away from them. ...


3 Tips to Achieve Business Success

RISMEDIA, February 18, 2010—If you’re like most entrepreneurs that I coach, you have undoubtedly asked yourself this question, “Do I have what it takes to succeed?” either on a conscious or subconscious level. ...


Brokers Respond to Survey, Secure Spot in Preeminent Industry Ranking

RISMEDIA, February 17, 2010—Brokers are quickly responding to RISMedia’s 22nd Annual Power Broker Report & Survey in order to secure their ranking among the country’s leading brokerage firms. Inclusion in this listing of the real estate industry’s “who’s who” has ...


Understanding the New Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA)

RISMEDIA, February 15, 2010—On November 30, 2009, the Treasury Department released guidelines and forms for its new Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA), which will help homeowners who are unable to retain their home under the Home Affordable Modification Program ...


Are You Afraid to be Successful?

RISMEDIA, February 13, 2010—In my 13 years of coaching entrepreneurs to be successful, I have uncovered that many people have a deep-seated fear of success. When I probe for the reasons behind this fear of success, the pattern is very ...


Home Buyers Rush to Take Advantage of Tax Credit Before It’s Gone

RISMEDIA, February 12, 2010—(MCT)—Liv Mansfield is racing the clock, hoping to find and settle, or at least sign a purchase agreement, on a townhouse before the $6,500 tax credit for qualified repeat home buyers expires April 30, 2010. ...


3 Tips to Tailor Your Web Strategy and Build Your Listing Inventory

RISMEDIA, February 11, 2010—More than ever before, home buyers are on the Web and sellers want to sell their homes. What can we, as Realtors, give sellers that they can’t get by going FSBO? ...


Mortgage Backed Securities and the Real Estate Market: Where Do We Go From Here?

RISMEDIA, February 10, 2010—The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board have been purchasing mortgage-back securities from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for a little over a year now. Their efforts, along with the Home Buyer Tax Credit have ...


First-Time Buyers: Beyond the Mortgage Payment, Brace Yourself for Extra Costs

RISMEDIA, February 8, 2010—(MCT)—On his road to homeownership, Scott Leibfried has learned one thing: Expect the unexpected. He and his wife had an offer accepted on a home, only to later find that foreclosure proceedings were about to begin ...


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