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More National Media Attention Focuses on Top 5 Members

Top 5 Members Recognized on the Wall Street Journal/Lore Top Agent Rankings for 2009; Simon & Schuster Publishes Top 5 Member's Life Story ...


Strong Buyer Activity in Lower Price Ranges Allows Existing-Home Sales to Rise in April

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-Existing-home sales rose in April with strong buyer activity in lower price ranges, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Existing-home sales-including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops-increased 2.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS include: NAR offers members affordable guaranteed-acceptance limited health insurance; A May technology update from the Right Tools, Right Now initiative; and NAR grants support local affordable housing initiatives. ...


Keeping in Touch with Your Agents Keeps You ahead in Today’s Market

RISMEDIA, May 29, 2009-Keeping in touch with your agents is a crucial element in today's real estate market and real estate professionals across the country are getting back to basics in order to keep their agents informed as to the market conditions. Here, Denton See, president, Carol Jones, Realtors in ...


Multifamily Builder Confidence Up from Record Lows

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-Recent hints of optimism in the housing industry appear to have spread to the multifamily sector, according to the first quarter of 2009 results of the Multifamily Rental Market Index (MRMI) and the Multifamily Condo Market Index ...


Will Downpayment Assistance Help the U.S. Housing Market?

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-With home prices falling nearly 20% in the first quarter of 2009, Ann Ashburn, president of AmeriDream outlined four reasons why the U.S. economy and the next generation of homeowners would benefit from downpayment assistance funded in part by sellers (DPA). Congress is currently considering H.R. 600, ...


Allow Yourself to Succeed

RISMEDIA, May 28, 2009-Success lies within each of us. It is very interesting to discover what it is that triggers that response within us that makes the shift in our thinking to allow us to succeed. I'm talking about that ‘aha' moment, when all of a sudden, our goals and ...


Commercial Real Estate Hurt by Credit Crunch and Weak Economy

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-The general economic downturn, complicated by a severe credit crunch in commercial real estate, is dampening commercial real estate activity. In addition, a forward-looking index shows the forecast for commercial real estate sectors will remain weak for ...


Consumer Confidence Index Increases to Highest Level in Eight Months

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had improved considerably in April, posted another large gain in May. The Index now stands at 54.9 (1985=100), up from 40.8 in April. The Present Situation Index increased to 28.9 ...


Commercial Tenants – Should You Buy Now?

RISMEDIA, May 27, 2009-In most communities, there is a high vacancy rate in the commercial sector. Not only have lease rates fallen dramatically, but there are also a number of unique ownership opportunities that have resulted from the economy and as a result of new urban planning. Many businesses have ...


MLS 5.0 – Creating the MLS of the Future

RISMEDIA, May 26, 2009-It is not the intent of this column, nor is it possible, to answer every question about MLS 5.0; rather it is to begin the discussion and move to outcomes that will be beneficial to the stakeholders: ...


Rethinking Remodeling: Homeowners Want More Bang for Their Home-Improvement Buck

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2009-(MCT)-Fewer homeowners may be starting complete kitchen remodels, but they're still replacing countertops and re-facing cabinets. They're also investing in improvements to make their homes more energy-efficient, according to a recent home remodeling and repair report by ...


Keeping Up With the Times – Realtors Respond to Challenging Market

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2009-Realtors are adjusting to shifts in the real estate market, reaching out to consumers through social networking and obtaining training to better meet the needs of clients, according to the "2009 National Association of Realtors® Member Profile." ...


A Renewed Focus on Going Green – Green Building Grows at Surprising Rate

RISMEDIA, May 25, 2009-As builders and remodelers retool their businesses in a tight credit market and recapture the interest of jittery consumers, this spring is the greenest yet for the nation's home building industry, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). ...


NAR Pulse: This Week’s Top Stories from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

RISMEDIA, May 22, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS include: A new offer from NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, eNeighborhoods; a FREE webinar through REALTOR® University; and REALTORS® explore land use challenges. ...


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