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Home Size Continues to Decline; Buyers Increasingly Opt for Single-Story Homes

RISMEDIA, June 19, 2010—The size of new single-family homes completed declined last year, dropping to a nationwide average of 2,438 square feet, according to detailed information about the characteristics of new homes completed in 2009 that was released recently by ...


Builders Put Brakes On New Homes as Tax Credit Expires

RISMEDIA, June 18, 2010—(MCT)—Residential-construction starts fell in May 2010 to their lowest level in a year, as an anticipated slowdown in sales after the expiration of the home buyers' tax credits took hold of the market. ...


The Internet Lead Management Quandary

RISMEDIA, June 17, 2010—Two months ago, I wrote about this topic and received a lot of great feedback and requests for more information. It’s an area of our business that is ripe for change and as the market begins to ...


RISMedia’s Social Media Summit Reignites Industry Pros, Dalton Keynote Draws Standing Ovation

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2010—More than 1,100 industry professionals gathered last week in Rye, N.Y. for RISMedia’s 21st Annual Leadership Conference—two days of high-level educational sessions and networking, this year centered around the critical subject of integrating social media profitably in real ...


Home Size Continues to Decline; Buyers Increasingly Opt for Single-Story Homes

RISMEDIA, June 16, 2010—The size of new single-family homes completed declined last year, dropping to a nationwide average of 2,438 square feet, according to detailed information about the characteristics of new homes completed in 2009 that was released recently by ...


Do You Understand Why ‘Green’ Is Important?

RISMEDIA, June 15, 2010—“Green building.” What began as a buzzword a few years ago has transformed today’s real estate industry. ...


The 5 Ps of Mobile Marketing in Real Estate

RISMEDIA, June 14, 2010—The fact that consumers are going mobile is no secret. In a year (2009) when all other forms of media consumption, as well as media spending, decreased, mobile was the only channel of media that increased dramatically. ...


Will a Short Sale Save Your Credit?

RISMEDIA, June 11, 2010— (MCT)—Stuck in a house you can't afford or can't sell for more than you owe on it? Beware the Web, where you'll see plenty of claims that short sales will save your credit, simple as ...


6 Backyard Improvement Ideas to Add More Value to Your Home

RISMEDIA, June 10, 2010—If you’re like most homeowners, there is never a shortage of options when it comes to projects around the house. But studies have shown that some of the highest return on household improvements can come ...


Foreclosures Often Carry Unforeseen Risk: Lawsuits from Lenders

RISMEDIA, June 8, 2010—(MCT)—Before Larry Thomas unloaded his Pompano Beach, Fla., home last fall for a fraction of what he paid, he cut a deal that will keep him from worrying about a huge debt hanging over his head. ...


‘Energy Concerns and Green Housing: What’s in It for Us?’

RISMEDIA, June 8, 2010—As the green movement continues to gain popularity across the real estate market, real estate professionals and consumers alike are curious as to what is in store for the population as we continue to focus on energy ...


Pending Home Sales Surge Continues

RISMEDIA, June 7, 2010—Pending home sales have risen for three consecutive months, reflecting the broad impact of the home buyer tax credit and favorable housing affordability conditions, according to the National Association of Realtors. ...


Luxury Homes Languish as Wall Street Pinches Wealthy

RISMEDIA, June 5, 2010—(MCT)—Looking for a bargain? Actor Eddie Murphy's 30-room Englewood, N.J., mansion, which went on the market in 2004 for $30 million, can be yours for $12.75 million. ...


New Search Engine Optimization Technology Ready to Revolutionize Real Estate Industry Online

RISMEDIA, June 4, 2010—The real estate industry has seen a huge number of changes over the past 20 years with the advent of pagers, cell phones and the Internet, and a new one coming out now for search engine optimization ...


4 Simple Tips to Building an Integrated Marketing Plan

RISMEDIA, June 3, 2010—I was so excited when my husband went to a search engine optimization (SEO) conference and one of the sessions was about integrated marketing. I thought to myself, “Wow, it’s not just me who thinks this is ...


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