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Keeping Negativity at Bay – The ‘Real’ Real Estate Market

RISMEDIA, May 22, 2009-One of the most difficult messages real estate professionals must get across to their clients is that real estate is local, and what is being portrayed in the media may not be symbolic of what is ...


Buyer Interest in Foreclosures Spikes, Says Survey

Harris survey shows 55% of U.S. adults would consider buying foreclosed home ...


Single-Family Starts and Permits Edge Higher in April

RISMEDIA, May 21, 2009-Production of single-family homes edged upward in April 2009 as builders responded to improving conditions for new-home buyers, according to newly released figures by the U.S. Commerce Department. While overall starts fell 12.8% to a record-low ...


It’s All about Me…How Taking Care of Yourself Allows You to Care Better for Others

RISMEDIA, May 21, 2009-Today is my "I can do anything" day. I think that we could all do with one of those days where we maintain that anything is possible. Today I am going to stash all the stuff that I have been carrying around with me into one big ...


Housing Affordability Surges to Highest Level in 18 Years

RISMEDIA, May 20, 2009-Nationwide housing affordability jumped 10 percentage points during the first quarter of 2009 to its highest level since the series began 18 years ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


Three Must-Have Components for First-Page Results

RISMEDIA, May 20, 2009-Now more than ever before, there is a desire from Realtors in the industry to find ways to be found by search engines without using pay-per-click strategies. Here are three critical components to a successful SEO strategy and how they must work together to create results: ...


Google Personalized Search – What They Want Can Bring Them Back

RISMEDIA, May 20, 2009-Advancements and enhancements are being introduced now by Google for the improvement of their Personalized Search. Google Personalized Search uses the history of searches by the user to present different results based on previous searches. An example given was a search for the word "java." If your ...


Distressed Properties and First-Time Home Buyers – The Recipe for Real Estate Recovery?

RISMEDIA, May 23, 2009-(MCT)-Value-conscious, first-time buyers have become key to the housing market's recovery, and they are snapping up priced-right foreclosures despite the warts-and-all, sold-as-is condition of the properties. Half of the sales made in the year's first quarter were ...


Behind the Scenes of ‘Heart and Sold,’ a New Book by Top 5 in Real Estate Member, Valerie Fitzgerald

RISMEDIA, May 19, 2009-Top 5 in Real Estate Member Valerie Fitzgerald, owner of The Fitzgerald Group (www.thevaleriefitzgeraldgroup.com) in Beverly Hills, California, has a new book out on bookstands today titled, "Heart and Sold: How to Survive and Build a Recession-Proof Business. Last week RISMedia ran a five-part, in-depth interview with ...


Is the Jumbo Mortgage Market Holding Back Recovery?

RISMEDIA, May 18, 2009-Limited availability and unusually high interest rates in the jumbo loan market are adversely affecting the rest of the housing market. This is just one of the insights from recent National Association of Realtors® research on the ...


Simple, Yet Smart – How Lowen Sign Company Is Helping Realtors in the Current Market

RISMEDIA, May 18, 2009-There are many things that through the down market Realtors have begun to cut out of their budgets. From print advertising to printing paper, everyone feels the pinch. While the idea of "getting back to basics" has begun to become cliché, some principles still hold true, one ...


Housing Affordability and Low Interest Rates Entice Buyers to Return to the Market

RISMEDIA, May 18, 2009-Historically high housing affordability and low mortgage interest rates, combined with buyer opportunities in the distressed sales market, have increased home sales in many areas of the country. "There has never been a better time to buy," ...


Homeowner Confidence Shrinks – Most Americans Now Believe Their Home’s Value Has Declined

RISMEDIA, May 16, 2009-American homeowners have a solid understanding of what has happened to the values of their own homes over the past year. A majority (60%) believe their own home lost value during the past 12 months, according to ...


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

RISMEDIA, May 15, 2009-This week's headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS include: May savings through NAR's Right Tools, Right Now initiative, Marketing tools available from NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program Partners; and REALTORS® recognize the power of Green. ...


Top 5 Q&A: Why the Market Doesn’t Matter and Staying Energized

Editor's note: This week RISMedia is running a five-part series of Q&As with Top 5 in Real Estate member Valerie Fitzgerald, owner of The Valerie Fitzgerald Group (www.thevaleriefitzgeraldgroup.com) in Beverly Hills, California. Valerie will offer unique insight into what it takes to be successful in today's challenging times, and her ...


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