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How Is the Economic Stimulus Package Helping Buyers and Sellers?

RISMEDIA, August 20, 2009-As Realtors nationwide alongside the government work to create new programs and innovative strategies in order to lure new buyers into the market, now may be a good time to look at the way in which the American ...


How to Start Planning for Your Business 10, 20 or More Years Out

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-While planning this far out may seem, well, far out, it is highly important to managing a sustainable business. Even if you're staying in the same town to the end, knowing how it will change over time is paramount to your success. You need to find the ...


Homeowners Fight for Loan Modifications from Swamped Mortgage Servicers

RISMEDIA, August 19, 2009-(MCT)-After losing his job in January, Stuart Miller has fought hard to keep his home out of foreclosure. At the end of May, the Plano, Texas, man began trying to get Wells Fargo & Co. to review his ...


Gender Differences Abound in the Home-Buying Process

RISMEDIA, September 1, 2009-It often seems as though men and women are from different planets, but every day millions of couples navigate through day-to-day and even life-altering decisions. Because a home is the biggest purchase most people will make in their ...


Look Who’s Talking: Opening Leadership Session to Feature More Than a Dozen Industry Executives, More than 70 Speakers in Total

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2009-More than a dozen industry executives including Gino Blefari, founder and president of Intero Real Estate Services; Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate; and Rei Mesa, president and COO of Prudential Florida ...


Last Chance to Take Advantage of $50 per Night Discount on Leadership Conference Hotel Stay

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2009-There is still time left for real estate professionals interested in attending this year's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Leadership Conference to save $50 a night on hotel reservations at The Roosevelt Hotel in mid-town Manhattan where ...


Market Issues: Rock, Paper, Scissors…Which Bills Should I Pay This Month?

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2009-As our economy continues to stagnate, more and more Americans are faced with the challenge of picking which bill(s) they should pay or not pay because they just don't have enough money to cover them all. The question ...


Distressed Properties: The Industry Responds

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2009-The statistics are sobering. According to RealtyTrac's Midyear 2009 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, more than 1.9 million foreclosure filings were reported on more than 1.5 million U.S. properties in the first half of 2009-a 9% increase from the ...


Is the Pipeline Clogged for Refinancing Homeowners?

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2009-(MCT)-Borrowers are waiting an unusually long time to close on mortgage refinance loans because thinly staffed banks can't handle surges in volume when rates dip, mortgage experts say. ...


‘The New Age of Networking,’ and ‘Distressed Properties – Responsibilities and Opportunities’ Just Two of the Exclusive Sessions Offered to Leadership Attendees

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2009-Learn how to leverage leading information, technology, marketing and social media for greater results and effective strategies for REOs, short sales and other solutions for consumers and top agents in two, compelling sessions offered at this year's Top ...


‘For Your Clients’ Series: 10 Ways to Sell a Home with a Wet Basement

Editor's Note: RISMedia will be periodically running a 10-part series of helpful tips on how you can help your clients increase the value of their home by improving and maximizing the all-important extra square footage in their basement.  ...


Pending Home Sales up for Fifth Consecutive Month

RISMEDIA, August 5, 2009-Pending home sales are up for the fifth consecutive month, the first time in six years for such a streak, according to the National Association of Realtors®. ...


A Bigger Consumer Pipeline Helps Realtors Build Relationships

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2009-One could easily argue that Realtor.com put real estate on the map in terms of Internet marketing. You'd be hard pressed to find a more pervasive, more consumer-branded Web-based real estate platform out there. But in today's market, ...


Register Now: Early-Bird Discount Deadline for Top 5 Leadership Conference Extended until August 15

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2009-The deadline to participate in the $100 savings on the registration fee for this year's Top 5 in Real Estate Network® Leadership Conference ends this weekend, August 15. Register now and pay just $299 (regularly $399), and ...


Refinances in Second Quarter Reduce Mortgage Payments by $3.4 Billion in Coming Year

RISMEDIA, August 1, 2009-In the second quarter of 2009, half of borrowers who refinanced their loan lowered their annual mortgage interest rate by at least 20% according to Freddie Mac's quarterly Refinance Report. The new interest rate was about 1.25 percentage ...


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