Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM FOR BILINGUAL REAL ESTATE AGENTS

RealEstateLatino.com (REL) is currently expanding its online services in your area and would like you to join our fast growing nationwide network.

For a limited time only, if you sign up for our system you will receive your leads on a referral basis, which means that you will not pay per lead, rather a low referral fee when the lead buys or sells a home using your real estate services. Only two bilingual agents will have the opportunity to sign up for our exclusive referral network.

If you are interested in hearing more about our program please call us at 888-934-9779 or e-mail us at info@realestatelatino.com

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to expand your online network, once the first two agents sign up in your area, we will closed our network membership for that area, as they will be the exclusive agents in your territory.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Minority HomeOwnership Is Declining.

Here is an article that covers how much minority home-ownership is declining due primordially by the mortgage meltdown. In my opinion, the entire industry is no doing enough to ensured first time home buyers have new opportunities to owned of the American dream.


Mortgage rates are in the record low, and home prices are declining in many markets, so why is it that the gap of home-ownership between minorities and whites still represent a negative impact in our industry? Thanks for your comments.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Senator Martinez Announces First-Time Homebuyer Forum in Jacksonville


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, May 6, 2009

Martinez Announces First-Time Homebuyer Forum in JacksonvilleRepresentatives from Senator Martinez’s Office, HUD, housing counseling agencies and lenders will assist First-Time Homebuyers


WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) today announced a First-Time Homebuyer Forum Saturday, June 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. The workshop will provide information about first-time homebuyer programs, applying for a FHA loan, first-time homebuyer tax credits, and credit counseling.


“Members of my staff, representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in addition to housing counseling agencies and lenders will be available to assist current or potential homebuyers with any questions they may have,” Martinez said. “Countless Floridians have been hit by the current housing crisis, we want ensure that homebuyers are educated about the programs and resources available to them so they can achieve the American dream of homeownership.”


The Office of Senator Mel Martinez as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be hosting this housing workshop to provide assistance to help first-time homebuyers. Participants will include: City of Jacksonville Housing and Neighborhoods Department, Mortgage Bankers Association of Jacksonville, Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, Catholic Charities Bureau, Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Inc., Housing Partnership of Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America and Second Chance Help Center. Lenders also participating include Bank of America, BB&T, Compass Bank, Everbank, Jacksonville Federal Credit Union, Mercantile Bank, Regions Bank, SunTrust, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo Bank. This forum is open to the public.

* An RSVP is required to attend the workshop due to limited space.


Please call 904-398-8586 or email rsvpevent@martinez.senate.gov.


WHAT: First-Time Homebuyer Forum

DATE: Saturday, June 6thTIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: University of North Florida
University Center
12000 Alumni Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New America Alliance Applauds Administration on the Nomination of Rosie Rios for U.S. Treasurer

DALLAS, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New America Alliance (NAA) applauds the nomination of Rosa "Rosie" Gumataotao Rios for United States Treasurer. As the premier advocate for increasing Latino access to economic capital, the NAA, along with other national Latino organizations such as the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, strongly supported the nomination of Rios.

"We commend the Administration for this appointment to this key Treasury Department post," said Carlos Loumiet, NAA Chair of the Board. "Rios' strong financial services expertise and background will make her a valuable contributor in helping solve the economic difficulties we are all currently experiencing. Just as important in the long run, as her appointment evidences, the President continues to identify and appoint outstanding young Latinos and Latinas who want and will be able to serve our country for decades to come."

With more than 21 years of real estate and urban development experience, Rios is Managing Director of Investments for MacFarlane Partners, one of the leading real estate investment management firms in the U.S. She serves as the primary liaison with the firms' real estate and capital partners to facilitate investments located in urban and high-density suburban markets and recently closed on over $345 million worth of equity commitments. Recently, Rios served as a member of the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team on behalf of the Obama Administration.

Prior to joining MacFarlane Partners, Rios was a Principal with Red River Associates, a consulting firm specializing in providing development, project management, and executive management services for municipalities. Previously, she served as the director of the Redevelopment and Economic Development departments for the City of Oakland. Rios has a long track record in California economic development with municipal governments in the cities of Fremont, San Leandro, and Union City. She serves as a Trustee of the Alameda County Employees' Retirement Association (ACERA) and is a board member of the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED) and the Fruitvale Spanish-Speaking Unity Council. A graduate of Harvard University, she is also a Fellow with the Royal Society of the Arts.

The New America Alliance (NAA) is a national organization comprised of prominent Latino business leaders united to lead the process of American Latino economic empowerment and wealth-building through economic capital, leadership development, strategic philanthropy, and public policy advocacy.

www.naaonline.org

Friday, May 08, 2009

Why Is It That The Internet Is Becoming “The Place” For Most Buyers When They Are Looking For Home?

By Bill Arce (Real Estate Professional)

The quick answered is convenience, the privacy of the Internet offers home buyers, especially those who are first timer, the opportunity to access information about a home without the need to disclose his or hers information to an agent.

According to a recent data released by the National Association of Realtors, it shows how the Internet continues to grow as one of the most popular means for buyer to search properties for sale. NAR data for the year 2008 shows that 32 percent of home buyers first looked at home they purchased online-up from an insignificant 8 percent on 2001. The same study reveals that the percentage of home buyers finding their dream home from a Realtor dropped from 41 in 2001 to just 34 percent in 2008, making traditional real estate not as popular as it once was.

Latinos are not exempt from this and they are too turning to the internet to look for resources including real estate. In my Blog , I make a reference to how the online Latino presence hit an all time high 20.3 million in 2008, up 6 percent from 2007. Hispanos, now accounts for 11% of the total U.S. online market creating many opportunities for bilingual real estate professionals to expand theirs business on a new whole way.

Here are some tips that you should consider if you are really serious about doing real estate business with Latinos online, which by the way are considered for some experts to be the next driving force in real estate, as the baby boomers did.

If you don’t have a website, you should get one: A website is considered one of the agent’s best tools. In today’s real estate market a website is more than just an appealing graphic display, it is your 24/7 virtual office. Your website is the place where you can interact with potential clients, while at the same time you are offering valuable information without asking for anything in return. A bilingual real estate agent should have a website that targets both (Ingles y Español) clients.

A dynamic website has tools allowing the agent to interact with his or her virtual visitors, for example, a section where visitor can have their questions answered, to request a customized list of available property for sale and of course it should offers listings. An agent should take advantage of IDX and display the entire local MLS on their site showcasing his or her contact information. Just remember one thing, use your site as a place of free information and resource for your potential clients, avoid doing the hard sale on your self or your service, it wont’ work, show your visitors that you are there for them, shall they want to contact you.

Ok, you got a bilingual website, now what? Well, is time to let the world know that you have a website, ok, maybe not the whole world, just your local market. First, get 2 domain names one for each language, this way you will be able to direct your marketing materials more efficiently to your Latino and non-Latinos clients. Add your website to all your printing materials like, business cards, flyers, first time homebuyer presentations, etc.

It is also important that you optimized your site so, when potential clients are doing a search for real estate in your area, your site is among the top findings. If your budget allows it create PayPerClick campaigns in Google or Yahoo, this way you can have some assurance to be listed among the top search result on the search engines. You can also direct organic traffic to your site, organic meanings free of charge, by posting ads in online social networks and local forums where Latinos area active, places like Univision.com, Terra.com and QuePasa.com. I also like to ad posts to other non-Latino, but very popular forums like Craiglist.com and Backpage.com.

Free is good: If you are a new agent or simply don’t have the budget required to maintain a website online, you need a plan B. Create your own Blog and begin writing about what you know best, real estate. With the assistance of the current free technology, like Blogger.com, Wordpress.com and other you can set up a Blog in just a few minutes. Blogs are a great alternative to website, although it will never replace it, a Blog can give you the edge you need to facilitate your online presence and position yourself as the local bilingual real estate expert.

There are too many ways for a real estate agent to interact with potential clients online some works better than other, but you can only find out if you try them, who knows maybe your next closing is from a buyer surfing the net looking for an honest real estate advice.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

2007 American Housing Survey Metropolitan Data

The American Housing Survey (AHS) is the most detailed, regular national housing sample survey in the United States. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development directs the Census Bureau to conduct the AHS to obtain up-to-date statistics on the housing stock of the nation and selected large metropolitan areas.

Metropolitan area surveys are conducted for 21 metropolitan areas, where householders are interviewed every 6 years. The results for areas surveyed in 2007 are now available for the following: o Baltimore, Maryland; o Boston, Massachusetts; o Houston, Texas; o Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; o Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida; o Washington, DC-Maryland-Virginia; and o Miami-Ft. Lauderdale. Current and previous metropolitan data are available from HUD USER in SAS, ASCII, and ZIP formats at http://www.huduser.org/datasets/ahs/ahsdata07.html, while the Census Bureau offers reports in PDF format at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/ahs/metropolitandata.html.

REL Guiding Principles “Impeccable, Ethical, Behavior”

By RealEstateLatino.com

Homeownership is the primary means by which households in the United States achieve financial security and communities remain stable. Many Latinos in the United States have taken many opportunities of becoming homeowners. While long-term sustainable homeownership is key for building family wealth, and stronger community, achieving the dream of homeownership can sometimes become a challenge due to many barriers to homeownership.

Since its launched on 2004, REL has made its main priority take down all major barriers to homeownership facing the Latino community. Among other innovations, REL had developed a comprehensive bilingual online library called, InfoCenter, to help educate consumers wanting to make educated financial decisions. The InfoCenter serves as a primarily point of counseling for consumers with the option to ask questions and/or add comments on each article.

Under the slogan of “Impeccable, Ethical, Behavior,” REL pledged its commitment of maintaining a highest level of customer service when assistance consumers or working with industry partners. Every day, REL touches many consumers seeking to buy or sell a piece of real estate; this is why its founder, Bill Arce, believe that by continuing doing business with our slogan in mind, will increase the numbers of new referrals coming to REL from past-trusted clients.

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