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5 Tips to Help Your Website Compete

RISMEDIA, May 2, 2009-As real estate professionals who want to make a success of our Internet presence, we should know some of the terminology. But, we should also know how to concentrate our time and efforts on what's important when ...


Attendance High for Debut of Top 5 Member Webinar

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DTI Ratios: What Homeowners Need to Know

RISMEDIA, March 13, 2009-Ask homeowners about their DTI (debt-to-income) ratios, and they're likely to respond with something like, "My what ratios?!" However, when distressed homeowners are sizing up their foreclosure options, they need to brush up on DTI ratios. Lenders ...


Don’t Get Distracted – Prepare for the Rebound Now

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2009-Who isn't concerned about the current real estate market? If you believe that better days are ahead, there are a few things you should do to prepare before the rebound. Start by evaluating the cost side ...


3 Ways to Deliver on the One-Stop-Shopping Promise

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2009-One-stop shopping promises a simpler and better experience for home buyers and sellers. When real estate agents are able to deliver on this promise, they achieve greater referrals through increased client satisfaction. Whether you are already using ...


Surviving in Today’s Market: Using Peak-Time Methods to Increase Business Today

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2009-"The more things change, the more they stay the same." We've heard that old phrase many times, and nowhere does it apply more graphically than in our own industry. Markets change, the economy changes, and so do ...


Working the Foreclosure Market – 5 Things You Need to Know

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Ambitious Foreclosure Plan Revealed – How Will It Help?

RISMEDIA, March 6, 2009-(MCT/RISMedia)-The Obama administration on Wednesday detailed its ambitious $275 billion plan to halt soaring foreclosures nationwide, outlining the financial incentives it's offering investors, lenders and their bill collectors to lure them into modifying distressed mortgages to keep ...


How to Help Homeowners Understand Obama’s Foreclosure Plan

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2009-If your housing market is anything like my housing market, you are probably fielding plenty of questions about President Obama's $75 billion foreclosure plan. Most homeowners want to know what it means for them, whether they are ...


Today’s Marketplace – The ‘Good’ News, The ‘Bad’ News

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2009-Pending home sales declined on the heels of a weakening economy and with some buyers waiting for clarity on housing stimulus provisions, the National Association of Realtors® announced this week. he Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking ...


Ready to ‘Reinvent’ Yourself and Your Company?

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2009-As I said in my January column, the old days are over...it's time to get ready for a new type of industry. This article suggests ideas that are not complicated, but necessary if you are serious ...


Social Media Mindfulness – What Every Real Estate Professional Needs to Know

RISMEDIA, May 9, 2009-Brad Hanks (bradhanksseminars.com) refers to himself as a "social media evangelist." He is out in the field preaching to the masses about the importance of embracing the tide that is social media. He is also a well-respected ...


Power Broker Survey Deadline This Friday: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Rank among Leaders

RISMEDIA, February 26, 2009--The deadline for RISMedia's 21st Annual Power Broker Report & Survey-the industry's leading report ranking the nation's top brokerages-has been extended to this Friday, February 27. Inclusion in this listing of the real estate industry's "who's who" ...


How to Beat Commission Discounters, List Price Inflators and Your Prospect’s Best Friend at the Listing Table

RISMEDIA, February 25, 2009-Your listing presentation is the most important contact you will have with a seller prospect. In most cases, it's the first face-to-face contact you will have with this prospect, and the only chance you'll have to help ...


Improve the Home, Improve Your Business

RISMEDIA, April 10, 2009-In a climate that's all about cutting back on expenses, nothing means more to consumers than being able to spend less. Whether it's saving money on home improvement projects after buyers move in, or when sellers are ...