remax: 5 Inexpensive Home Updates to Complete before Listing Your Home - 08/11/11 09:16 AM
5 Inexpensive Home Updates to Complete before Listing Your Home By Lisa Johnson Sevajian  
<!-- Single post title end --> RISMEDIA, August 11, 2011—There is no perfect formula for selling your home efficiently, but by following these five tips prior to listing you can increase your chances to close quickly at a higher price.
1.) Update your old garage door(s). Garage doors seem like a non-issue, but many times they make up a significant percentage of the front of a home. Because of this, they are one of the first things that buyers notice when they pull in the … (1 comments)

remax: Seven Out of 10 Renters Say Owning a Home Is a Top Priority - 07/08/11 03:08 AM
Seven Out of 10 Renters Say Owning a Home Is a Top Priority
RISMEDIA, July 8, 2011-Most Americans still believe that owning a home is a solid financial decision, and a majority of renters aspire to homeownership as a long-term goal. According to the 2011 National Housing Pulse Survey released recently by the National Association of REALTORS®, 72 percent of renters surveyed said owning a home is a top priority for their future, up from 63 percent in 2010.
Seven in 10 Americans also agreed that buying a home is a good financial decision while almost two-thirds said now is a … (0 comments)

remax: Housing Affordability Rises to Record Levels - 05/30/11 12:15 PM
Housing Affordability Rises to Record Levels
RISMedia, May 28 2011-Nationwide housing affordability during the first quarter of 2011 rose to its highest level in the more than 20 years it has been measured, according to National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) data released recently.
The HOI indicated that 74.6 percent of all new and existing homes sold in the first quarter of 2011 were affordable to families earning the national median income of $64,400. This eclipsed the previous high of 73.9 percent set during the fourth quarter of 2010 and marked the ninth consecutive quarter that the … (2 comments)

remax: 8 Tactics to Get Noticed across Time Zones - 05/19/11 03:13 AM
8 Tactics to Get Noticed across Time Zones
By Cindy Fauth
RISMedia, May 19, 2011-If your goal is to generate leads and referrals from international home buyers or sellers, it's a sound strategy to stand out from the crowd.
To reach that goal, jump-start your marketing initiatives with no-cost, low-cost and highly cost-effective tactics that can contribute to building awareness on the global market. Here are eight tactics to consider. Most employ social media and other online or digital resources, while others should provide fresh perspectives on how to maximize proven marketing resources.
1. Become a BloggerA blog gives you the … (1 comments)

remax: QR Codes: Here to stay or just a passing fad? - 05/13/11 06:35 AM
 In traveling around the country to real estate conventions and sales seminars over the past year I've discovered that the knowledge of QR Codes (Quick Response Barcodes) and the extent of their use in real estate is varied from region to region.  Many agents don't even know what they are, but those that do haven't figured out how best to use them or are hoping that they will go away and they won't have to figure it out.  Are they worthwhile and here to stay for a while or just another passing fad?
To answer the question you need only … (2 comments)

remax: Build an Action Plan - How to Attract Global Buyers - 05/12/11 10:25 AM
Build an Action Plan - How to Attract Global Buyers
RISMEDIA, May 12, 2011- You don't have to travel the world to be a global agent. Nor do you have to find foreign investors shopping for properties here. Global business also includes ethnic immigrant communities, naturalized citizens who retain strong cultural roots, and foreign residents living in the U.S. on extended visas. Considered in this context, global business is bigger-and growing faster-than many agents realize.
Getting startedConnecting with multicultural buyers is not so much about speaking their language, but understanding where they are coming from-gaining a better understanding of and sensitivity … (0 comments)

remax: Simple Tips to Prevent House Fires - 05/09/11 04:50 AM
Simple Tips to Prevent House Fires
RISMEDIA, May 9, 2011-Every year home electrical problems cause more than 28,000 house fires and massive property damage. Electrical wiring is the root cause of many of these fires, of which countless could have been prevented. May is Electrical Safety Month. MXenergy, an independent energy provider, is encouraging everyone to review key electrical safety tips.
"Quite frankly, electrical safety is a key home safety component that is often overlooked," says Marjorie Kass, MXenergy Managing Director. "Yet the truth is, it is an essential element of any home safety plan. Proper education, awareness and action can … (2 comments)

remax: Build Your Business on Substance and Results - 05/05/11 02:29 AM
Build Your Business on Substance and Results
By Margaret Kelly
RISMEDIA, May 5, 2011-With the market we have today, consumers desperately need an experienced real estate agent for the largest financial transaction most of them will ever make. They want to know they're working with a skilled, trusted professional who's capable of closing sales.
So how do you display your experience and expertise? In the long run, your track record of results and your solid reputation are all that matter. Help consumers see the difference you make for buyers and sellers.
Productivity MattersAgents who say sales statistics don't matter probably aren't … (1 comments)

remax: Home Buyers Shun ‘Fixer-Uppers' - 05/02/11 04:08 AM
Home Buyers Shun ‘Fixer-Uppers'
By Kathleen Lynn
RISMEDIA, May 2, 2011-(MCT)-In the overheated housing market of five years ago, buyers often felt they had to accept homes in woeful condition. But these days, most look at "as-is" properties and say, "No thanks." "I try to stay away from things that need a lot of work," says Michael Lisa of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., who is searching for a home in northern Bergen County, N.J.
"Buyers will tolerate nothing," says Maria Rini, a Re/Max agent in Oradell, N.J. A recent Coldwell banker survey found that 87 percent of first-time buyers said a move-in-ready … (2 comments)

remax: Top Tips to Avoid Online Scams - 04/28/11 04:38 AM
Top Tips to Avoid Online Scams
RISMEDIA, April 28, 2011-Like the TV commercials say, "Free is better." The only problem with the Internet is that it's not always free, and sometimes the price can be steeper than you'd ever want to pay. That's the warning offered from Todd Drowlette, Chairman of classified listing site Move That Block. Drowlette says that his research into the consumer-to-consumer advertising space on the Internet revealed a wide variety of practices that exist for the sole purpose of deceiving the consumer.
"We all tend to have faith in the ‘truth in advertising' laws protecting us from … (1 comments)

remax: Atlas Van Lines' Annual Corporate Relocation Survey Reflects Growing Economic Optimism - 04/25/11 01:15 AM
Atlas Van Lines' Annual Corporate Relocation Survey Reflects Growing Economic Optimism
RISMEDIA, April 25, 2011-After multiple years characterized by doubt and pessimism, relocation managers across the U.S. are expressing optimism that the worst of the recession is now in the rearview mirror. Responding to Atlas Van Lines' 44th annual Corporate Relocation Survey, 72% of the relocation managers polled say they believe their respective companies will fare better in 2011. The optimism rate among large firms surveyed (more than 5,000 workers) jumps to 80%.
"Our relocation research has served as a solid barometer of where the American economy is headed," said Jack … (0 comments)

remax: Easy Ways to Take Advantage of Social Media Marketing - 04/18/11 01:49 AM
Easy Ways to Take Advantage of Social Media Marketing
By Susan Gunelius
RISMEDIA, April 18, 2011-(eM+C)-In just a few short years, social media marketing has gone from a fun task experienced by a few to a daily part of hundreds of millions of peoples' lives. For marketers, having a presence on the social Web and developing an audience of online brand advocates is no longer an ancillary marketing project, it's a strategic imperative. If your brand isn't there, a competitor will be more than happy to take your place in the social Web conversation and community.
Don't worry if your brand … (0 comments)

remax: Real Estate Deep Dive: Raleigh, NC - 04/09/11 07:58 AM
Real Estate Deep Dive: Raleigh, NC
By Greg Rand
April 8, 2011-In our last installment, we talked about the Las Vegas market and likened it to investing in stock options - volatile and risky, but with incredible upside potential. Not for the faint of heart. Today we go to the other side of the spectrum. The Blue Chip market of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina - stable, reliable, with very attractive fundamentals. First let's look at the "what," and then we'll dig into the "why."
Raleigh is located in northern-central North Carolina. Its housing market defies the real estate "meltdown" we all hear … (1 comments)

remax: What to Watch Out for When Buying a Foreclosure: Help Your Clients Know Which to Buy...and Which to Walk By - 04/07/11 02:46 AM
What to Watch Out for When Buying a Foreclosure: Help Your Clients Know Which to Buy...and Which to Walk By
By Dan Steward
RISMEDIA, April 7, 2011-The economy is improving overall and, as a result, some bright spots are showing up in the real-estate market. However, the foreclosure spike, which began around the same time the recession did, isn't a distant memory just yet. In many areas, foreclosures are still happening; in some areas, those numbers have increased. Surprisingly, foreclosures have even encroached into some key cities that were formerly thought to be unshakable real-estate markets - like San Francisco, where … (1 comments)

remax: Home Inspections an Essential Tool for Buyers - 04/04/11 09:11 AM
Home Inspections an Essential Tool for Buyers
By Al Heavens
RISMEDIA, April 4, 2011-(MCT)-A home inspection often means the difference between a sale and no sale, even if the deal that results isn't exactly what the owner expected. Buyers and sellers typically recognize the need for a home inspection. Still, it may put both sides of a sale on edge. Sellers fear the inspector will find something amiss that slashes the price. Buyers fear the house they want will have problems. Today, with so many houses for sale, inspections have become the chief tool for haggling over price.
"We are a … (0 comments)

remax: 5 Good Reasons to Use QR Codes - 03/26/11 07:33 AM
RISMEDIA, March 26, 2011-Ain't no stopping them now-QR codes are on the move! The buzz about these mythical images has grown to the point that they are on everyone's mind, especially as this year's marketing plans begin to go into action. Inevitably, they have fallen under the mobile category, as it's your mobile device that is used to scan them, and as we all know, mobile is a big part of everyone's marketing plan this year. So with all the various questions about how and where to implement them in your marketing plan -or if you should use them at all-I … (4 comments)

remax: Lead Paint Hazards and Older Windows: March 20-26 National Poison Prevention Week - 03/25/11 09:17 AM
Lead Paint Hazards and Older Windows: March 20-26 National Poison Prevention Week
RISMEDIA, March 25, 2011-If your home was built before 1978 and you still have the original windows, it's time to seriously consider replacing them-especially if members of your household include young children or someone who is pregnant.
During National Poison Prevention Week-March 20-26, 2011-homeowners are urged to evaluate their windows and make healthy living changes.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the routine opening and closing of windows in homes built prior to 1978 can disturb lead-based paint around the windows, causing paint dust and chips to be … (1 comments)

remax: RE/MAX Syndicates Property Listings Through Popular Real Estate Sites - 03/18/11 02:50 AM
RE/MAX Syndicates Property Listings Through Popular Real Estate Sites
RISMEDIA, March 18, 2011-In a strategic technology move, RE/MAX, LLC is now syndicating property listings through a number of high-profile partners to give RE/MAX agents access to more potential home buyers and sellers and to give their listings greater visibility.
Zillow, Trulia and are among the most-trafficked real estate websites in the industry and join a growing list of sites through which RE/MAX will be syndicating residential and commercial listings. Other potential new partners include ListHub, Frontdoor and Zoocasa in Canada.
"In an age when most consumers start their property search … (0 comments)

remax: RE/MAX Leader Dave Liniger Sees End of Housing Crisis - 03/13/11 04:16 AM
RE/MAX Leader Dave Liniger Sees End of Housing Crisis
RISMEDIA, March 10, 2011-RE/MAX Chairman and Co-Founder Dave Liniger told a gathering of more than 5,000 real estate agents that the worst of the housing crisis has passed. At the annual convention of the global real estate franchisor, Liniger said that the industry must continue to pursue the training that will help homeowners in distress, but should also start planning for a post-crisis environment.
"There will be more foreclosures this year, but the worst is behind us and we need to turn our focus to the future," said Liniger. "The housing recovery … (2 comments)

remax: 5 Easy Ways to Integrate Video into Your Marketing Efforts - 03/03/11 06:58 AM
5 Easy Ways to Integrate Video into Your Marketing Efforts
Digital Developments by Veneeta Eason
RISMEDIA, March 3, 2011-Real estate professionals know that success is, in part, driven by how well they can create a connection. One way to do that is to integrate video into your marketing campaign. With today's technology, it is easier than ever to capture great video. What previously required a studio, a green screen and professional media equipment can now be done with a handheld video camera and a computer. More importantly, video has the ability to increase your business, build better relationships and amplify your … (0 comments)

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