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Expert Panelists to Offer Exclusive Insights into Maximizing Distressed Property Business

RISMEDIA, October 22, 2009—Top real estate executives and officials from around the country will convene to discuss Maximizing Distressed Property Business at this year’s RISMedia Power Broker Forum being held Friday, Nov. 13 during the NAR Convention in San Diego. ...


59% of Home Buyers Rely on Low Down-Payment Government Mortgages

RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—The new home market is cooling down and government intervention has been a key driver to new home sales, according to a recent monthly survey of home builders, just released by John Burns Real Estate Consulting.  ...


Industry’s Most Powerful Associations Send Letter to Administration Advocating for Extension of Homebuyer Tax Credit

RISMEDIA, October 20, 2009—The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) along with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) sent a letter to senior Obama Administration officials yesterday requesting their support for a 12-month extension of ...


Looking Toward the Future – How Should Home Equity Figure into Your Retirement Planning?

RISMEDIA, October 19, 2009—(MCT)—When it comes to planning for retirement, there are many questions to answer. But to Anna Rappaport, there are three that matter and perhaps one that doesn't get enough attention: When should you retire? When ...


A Fix-Up Strategy Works in Long Run: If You Have Time on Your Side, Improve and Enjoy Your Home

RISMEDIA, October 17, 2009—(MCT)—You're thinking of selling—but not just yet. Let's say you've got a five-year plan to prepare an older, lived-in house for sale.  ...


$8,000 Tax Credit’s Hoops Frustrate House Hunters

RISMEDIA, October 16, 2009—(MCT)—This summer, Brian Smith decided he should buy a house. Prices were at record lows; "for sale" signs were common, and, most important, he could get a tax credit of as much as $8,000 for first-time buyers ...


Don’t Miss RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at NAR in San Diego: Maximizing Distressed Property Business

RISMEDIA, October 15, 2009—All NAR full-conference and day-conference attendees are encouraged to attend “Maximizing Distressed Property Business,” RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Forum being held Friday, November 13 from 12:30-2 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center during the NAR conference.  ...


Changing Recruiting Strategies to Bolster Sales: How to Hire Agents Who Will Produce

RISMEDIA, October 13, 2009—As the real estate market continues to shift, recruiting strategies must be constantly evolving so that real estate professionals are always bringing agents who will produce into their office. While some markets that have remained strong throughout ...


Equity Financing – A Solution to Today’s Housing Crisis?

RISMEDIA, October 12, 2009—As the housing market continues to struggle its way toward stabilization, Steve Cinelli, founder and chief strategy officer at PRIMARQ, discusses the notion of equity financing and how he and his team are working with leaders in ...


Overcoming Fear of Foreclosure Critical for Many People to Keep Their Homes

RISMEDIA, October 10, 2009—Foreclosure numbers continue to rise and many homeowners are at an increased risk of losing their home. While foreclosure can be prevented, many homeowners remain confused or afraid to confront their mortgage problems and take ...


U.S. Homebuyers Pay Closer to Listing Price in August, but Are Still Negotiating Thousands in Discounts

RISMEDIA, October 9, 2009—Home buyers in much of the U.S. are still paying thousands of dollars below the home's asking price, but had slightly less negotiating power in August 2009 than they did in July, according to the ...


1.4 Million Families Have Taken Advantage of First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit, More Claims Expected

RISMEDIA, November 2, 2009—With the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit deadline quickly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service recently reminded potential home buyers they must complete their first-time home purchases before Dec. 1, 2009 to qualify for the special ...


‘Teal Is the New Green’: How One Company’s Focus on the Environment Is Creating New Marketing Strategy for Agents

RISMEDIA, October 7, 2009—“The environment will be one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Soon it will dominate virtually all aspects of life in North America—socially, politically and economically. Today’s great leaders and entrepreneurs ...


Finding Your Dream Foreclosure: What to Know When You’re Buying an REO Property

RISMEDIA, October 5, 2009—(MarketWatch/MCT)—Buying a foreclosure often is appealing to buyers trying to stretch their dollars. It's finding a good one can that can be a challenge. ...


Record Streak Continues for Pending Home Sales

RISMEDIA, October 3, 2009—Pending home sales have increased for seven straight months, the longest in the series of the index which began in 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors®.  ...


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