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The Year of the Short Sale: 7 Tips to Finding Your New Home at Discount

RISMEDIA, August 17, 2010—Real estate professionals nationwide are calling 2010 “the year of the short sale,” where homeowners who owe more on their properties than what they are worth sell at deeply discounted prices—with the blessing of their lender. ...


Preparing for the Economic Turnaround: RE/MAX Chairman Tells His Brokers What to Focus on to Succeed

RISMEDIA, August 16, 2010—As the housing market continues its sluggish recovery, brokers should still focus on the basics of recruiting and retaining—but also must take back training and be prepared to work within the distressed property market if they want to ...


Tenants of Foreclosed Homes often Unsure of Options

RISMEDIA, August 14, 2010—(MCT)—Erin Kennedy-Florez was 10 months into a one-year lease on a home in Richmond, Calif., when she found a notice on her door saying the home was being foreclosed. ...


Broad Stabilization in Second Quarter Metro Area Home Prices with Strong Sales

RISMEDIA, August 13, 2010—The real estate trend in firming home prices solidified in the second quarter with more metropolitan areas showing increases from a year ago, aided by a surge in home sales driven by the home buyer tax credit, ...


Tips for Building Powerful E-mail Marketing Lists

RISMEDIA, August 12, 2010—While the philosophers debate whether a tree falling in a forest makes a sound when no one is around to hear it, real estate agents and brokers know that if no one’s reading your e-mails, they’re not ...


4 Effective Ways to Get More Home Sales from the Internet

RISMEDIA, August 11, 2010—Are you looking for new ways to use the Internet to get more listings and homes sales? Here are four free and low-cost Internet marketing tips to help you genrate more leads and closed transactions from the ...


Success Strategies of a Mega Broker

RISMEDIA, August 10, 2010—Sometimes, we all need a breath of fresh air. So was the case at Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services when Jim Mallozzi arrived to take the helm in October 2009, just 10 short months ago. You ...


How Important Changes to Mortgage Underwriting May Affect Many Buyers

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2010—The real estate industry and especially the mortgage industry have been overwhelmed with changes, regulations and consolidations recently. In the last couple of months, many transactions nationally have experienced delayed closings or worse as a result of ...


Building a Toolbox for Success

RISMEDIA, August 7, 2010—From using the latest gadgets and tools to communicating with buyers online, today’s successful agents are maximizing technology to build their business. And buyer’s agents are no exception. A recent REBAC member survey showed that more than ...


Homeowners Continue to Chase the ‘American Dream’

RISMEDIA, August 6, 2010—(MCT)—Bruce Baldwin is well past the "extreme excitement" he felt when he became a first-time homeowner three years ago. In fact, the cabinetmaker has now joined thousands of homeowners who face foreclosure. He says he feels so ...


Pending Home Sales Ease in Post-Tax Credit Market

RISMEDIA, August 5, 2010—Pending home sales edged down with near-term sales expected to be notably lower in contrast to the spring surge when buyers rushed to take advantage of the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of ...


5 Ways to Maximize Your Website Presence

RISMEDIA, August 4, 2010—With the constant evolution of technology, there’s a real need to keep your online presence current and relevant. From content to cutting-edge buttons and widgets, the improvements are endless. However, I believe that if you start with ...


Mortgage Rates Hit New Low, Are Buyers Responding?

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010—(MCT)—The 4.5% fixed-rate mortgage is here, although more than 14 months late. That magic number, or a close approximation, was reached recently, when Freddie Mac reported a 30-year rate of 4.54%. The possibility first arose in early ...


Top Seven Reasons Banks are Denying Home Loan Requests

RISMEDIA, August 2, 2010—The lending landscape has changed quite drastically over the past several years. Practices, approvals and standards that were once widely accepted have either vanished or transformed beyond the point of recognition. Many banks, which were once extremely ...


Real Estate Incentives Out of Style among Price-Focused Shoppers

RISMEDIA, July 30, 2010—(MCT)—Government cash didn't help John Foley and Cindy Case sell their Minneapolis house before the federal home buyer's tax credit expired at the end of April, so the couple decided to take matters into their own hands. ...


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