Archive May 2012
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The Walmart Effect: Home Prices Are Going Up and Down
Cities have long argued that when Walmart comes to town, it lowers the home value. Economists Devin Pope of University of Chicago and Jaren Pope of Brigham Young University found Walmart stores can actually drive up home prices. Their research was based on newly opened Walmart stores between 2001 and 2006.
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SoFly Tip #3: #HashtagsWHAT IS A #HASHTAG?
The hashtag # symbol is used before relevant keywords or phrases in Twitter or Instagram to categorize posts and make them searchable by anyone. Clicking on a hashtagged word or phrase in a specific social media platform shows you all other posts in that category. The hashtag can occur anywhere in the post - at the beginning, middle, or end - but the keyword or phrase can not have any spaces, ie: #ReadySetCertify instead of #Ready Set Certify. The last example would only garner a search for #Ready, which is not what the business intended.
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Be A Part of History at Five Star: Last Day to Register
Today is the last day to reserve seating at the Great Debate at Five Star, hosted on September 5-7, 2012 in Dallas, TX. You must register by May 31, 2012 in order to guarantee seating at the historic addresses featuring former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, and former President Clinton.
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Vacation Rentals Are a Tough Sell
The subject of short-term rentals in vacation and resort towns has brought a negative reaction in some regions. Homeowners who wish to offer rental properties are running into neighborhood groups who want to ban all rentals, regardless of the community impacts.
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Enterprising Women: Holleman Writes of Lack of Woman Presence in Housing Reform
NAWRB Executive Director Cade Holleman's article about the U.S. housing reform process is in this month's Enterprising Women magazine.
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Register For REO Expo Agent And Broker Training By June 1
Friday, June 1, is the last day to register for REO Expo's most popular class sessions restricted to agents and brokers. These sessions are uniquely designed to cover a range of policies and procedures with leading industry experts, providing attendees with insight to the REO industry, updates, current trends, and diverse outlets for networking.
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Homebuilding Causes Vulnerability in Housing Economy Abroad
Spain is proving to be a case study in challenges of implementing austerity measures, shows the UBS Global Asset Management report. The Spanish government built beautiful homes on the Costa del Sol for locals and foreigners, but after the global economy collapse, those houses are now teaching us focus on new construction can mask vulnerabilities in the larger economy.
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SoFly Tip #2: InstagramWHAT IS INSTAGRAM?
Instagram is a fast, fun, and free app for mobile devices to host pictures. Much like Twitter, you follow a network of people and companies to interact with. You can post your picture as-is or choose from a number of creative filters and borders to emphasize your image.
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Only 2 Weeks Until REO Expo: Schedule Recap
NAWRB's #ReadySetCertify at REO Expo is just around the corner and space is filling up fast. With Fannie Mae's Michael Ruiz, NAWRB board chair Elizabeth Goodchild, and NAWRB members Marlene Ceretta and Colleen Calnan speaking at the session - diverse business owners will not want to miss this opportunity.
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NAWRB Offices Will Be Closed in Observance of Memorial Day
NAWRB offices will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. We will be back and ready to rock Tuesday, May 29. In the meantime, NAWRB staff wishes you and your family a safe, enjoyable holiday weekend. We also sincerely thank all those who have served our great nation over the years and honor those who have fallen in battle. Have a happy and safe holiday!
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