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Expanded Home Buyer Tax Credit: Small Window, Big Opportunity

RISMEDIA, January 8, 2010—The countdown is under way. As of January 1, you have four months to promote the expanded U.S. Homebuyer Tax Credit and get your qualified buyers under contract by the April 30 deadline. ...


The Expanded Home Buyer Tax Credit Could Chase Away the Winter Blues

RISMEDIA, January 7, 2010—As we begin 2010, both real estate professionals and home buyers have something to look forward to and more importantly, take advantage of—the extended and expanded home buyer tax credit. ...


5 Tips for Connecting with Buyers and Sellers

RISMEDIA, January 6, 2010—Over the last few months, there has been a lot of talk about how times are changing when it comes to marketing and connecting with today’s buyers and sellers. Here are some questions that have been brought ...


18.5 Billion Reasons to Make the Home Buyer Tax Credit Work

RISMEDIA, January 4, 2010—As part of the government’s high price-tag efforts to rejuvenate the flailing American economy, on November 6, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law an expansion and extension of the home buyer tax credit. ...


Changing the Way People Buy Homes: Using the 203k Program to Purchase ‘Dream Homes’

RISMEDIA, December 31, 2009—Driving to work one morning earlier this summer, home buyer Lori Kramer was thinking about the homes she and her husband had looked at the day before. Then, she had a thought that would eventually ...


8 Ways to Get Out of Debt and Start Saving for the New Year

RISMEDIA, December 30, 2009—With 2010 right around the corner, what will you be looking forward to in the New Year? Buying your first home? Sending your last kid off to college? Or obsessing over your own personal mountain of debt, ...


Home Sales Surge in Markets across the Country

RISMEDIA, December 28, 2009—(MCT)—November 2009 was a positive month for the real estate industry as home sales surged in a majority of markets across the country. Spurred by low prices and the extended and expanded home buyer tax credit, home ...


Homeowners – Exterior Remodeling Projects Prove Best Bang for Your Buck

RISMEDIA, December 24, 2009—Despite a slow market and a slight decrease in the resale value of most remodeling projects, Realtors report that the smartest home improvement investments may also be some of the least expensive. Results from the 2009 Remodeling ...


As Buyers Respond to Tax Credit, U.S. Existing Home Sales Jump 7.4% in November 2009

RISMEDIA, December 23, 2009—Existing home sales rose again in November 2009 as first-time buyers rushed to close sales before the original November 30 deadline for the recently extended and expanded tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


5 Leadership Tactics That Will Make 2010 a Pivotal Business Year

RISMEDIA, December 22, 2009—No doubt about it: 2009 has definitely been a tough year. You need to turn things around, and that means making some big changes in the very near future. Problem is, you’re not sure what they are. ...


10 Trouble Spots to Consider When Purchasing a Foreclosed Home

RISMEDIA, December 21, 2009—It's easy pickings out there for many potential homebuyers. Housing prices are at their lowest in more than a decade, inventories are high, analysts are predicting a new wave of foreclosures and the government is offering two ...


5 Steps to Creating a Successful Marketing Plan

RISMEDIA, December 18, 2009—As a Master Business Coach, I often hear from my clients the following story: “I feel stuck in my business. I really love to help people, I am excellent in negotiations and contracts, but I really hate ...


Committed to the Cause: NAR’s Liaison for Large Firm Relations Hopes for More Broker Involvement in 2010

RISMEDIA, December 17, 2009—This month’s Power Broker Roundtable features an interview with Steve Brown, Broker/Owner, Irongate Inc. REALTORS®; 2010 National Association of Realtors® Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. Here, Brown discusses what he is most looking forward to as ...


5 Questions to Consider Before Purchasing a Home

RISMEDIA, December 15, 2009—(MCT)—Interest rates on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dipped to a 38-year low recently, giving consumers another reason to consider purchasing a home or refinancing their current one. ...


5 Keys to a Top-Performing, Consumer Real Estate Website

RISMEDIA, December 14, 2009—Ever try to search for a new home online? ...


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