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Thursday, August 27, 2009

New-home sales up nearly 10 percent

July's new-home sales reports show more positive news for the real estate industry.

New-home sales increased by 9.6 percent in July from June, but are still down 13.4 percent from July 2008.

While new-home sales reflect economic and housing trends, they aren't a true reflection of existing-home sale trends, particularly since the first-time home buyer tax credit has likely encouraged many buyers to purchase existing homes rather than new ones.

Check back to Delta Media Group's News blog for future new and existing-home sales numbers.

New-home sales up nearly 10 percent

July's new-home sales reports show more positive news for the real estate industry.

New-home sales increased by 9.6 percent in July from June, but are still down 13.4 percent from July 2008.

While new-home sales reflect economic and housing trends, they aren't a true reflection of existing-home sale trends, particularly since the first-time home buyer tax credit has likely encouraged many buyers to purchase existing homes rather than new ones.

Check back to Delta Media Group's News blog for future new and existing-home sales numbers.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Delta Media Group updates 'Listing Reports'

Delta Media Group has updated our recently-launched 'Listings Reports' to display each agents' main office.

As we blogged about last week, Delta Media Group's new Listing Report opens a CSV file that displays agent first name, agent last name, number of listings per agent, number of listings per agent with reports set up, number of listings per agent without reports set up, number of reports set up to agents, number of reports set up to sellers, and number of reports set up to go to both the agent and seller.

With our new update to the report, the last column will show the main office each agent works out of, so real estate website administrators can more easily sort offices and file Listing Reports into a spreadsheet for each office administrator.

Contact Delta Media Group with questions on our Listing Reports update, or for more information on our real estate website and lead management systems.

Monday, August 24, 2009

DMG president Mike Minard helps roll out new Prudential Homesale real estate website

Delta Media Group president Mike Minard was in Lancaster, Pennsylvania today to help roll out Prudential Homesale Services Group's new real estate website and lead management system.

Delta Media Group built Prudential Homesale's new real estate Web system, found online at www.PrudentialHomesale.com. As part of the roll out, Mike spoke to over 500 real estate agents today, and will present to hundreds more tomorrow.

Check back to Delta Media Group's News blog as we'll be posting more information on the Prudential Homesale roll out.

DMG president Mike Minard helps roll out new Prudential Homesale real estate website

Delta Media Group president Mike Minard was in Lancaster, Pennsylvania today to help roll out Prudential Homesale Services Group's new real estate website and lead management system.

Delta Media Group built Prudential Homesale's new real estate Web system, found online at www.PrudentialHomesale.com. As part of the roll out, Mike spoke to over 500 real estate agents today, and will present to hundreds more tomorrow.

Check back to Delta Media Group's News blog as we'll be posting more information on the Prudential Homesale roll out.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Existing homes selling at record pace

The National Association of REALTORS reported this morning that existing homes are selling at a record pace.

Existing-home sales increased 7.2 percent in July compared with June, and were up 5 percent compared with July of 2008. That marks the largest recorded monthly gain in existing-home sales since NAR began tracking the numbers in 1999.

The sales jump exceeded analysts' forecasts of 5 million sales, sending the annualized rate to 5.24 million properties this year.

Check out CNNMoney's full story for more details, or contact Delta Media Group to see how you can better capitalize on the recovering housing market.

Existing homes selling at record pace

The National Association of REALTORS reported this morning that existing homes are selling at a record pace.

Existing-home sales increased 7.2 percent in July compared with June, and were up 5 percent compared with July of 2008. That marks the largest recorded monthly gain in existing-home sales since NAR began tracking the numbers in 1999.

The sales jump exceeded analysts' forecasts of 5 million sales, sending the annualized rate to 5.24 million properties this year.

Check out CNNMoney's full story for more details, or contact Delta Media Group to see how you can better capitalize on the recovering housing market.

Delta Media Group launches new 'Listings Reports'

The next in the line of new reports Delta Media Group released this week is the Listings Report, or reports, depending on how you view it.

Delta Media Group's new Listing Reports make it easy for real estate website administrators to see how many listings each agent has, and of those, how many have set up automated Seller Reports to distribute to their sellers. Though generally the same report, we created it in three different formats for ease of use, searchability and simplified CSV exporting.


The first report displays all agents, whether or not they have listings. The second report displays only those agents with listings. And the third report displays the same information sorted by listings instead of agents.

Upon creating a Listing Report, a CSV file will open that displays agent first name, agent last name, number of listings per agent, number of listings per agent with reports set up, number of listings per agent without reports set up, number of reports set up to agents, number of reports set up to sellers, and number of reports set up to go to both the agent and seller. The type of report will determine how this information is assorted.

All information in the report is located in a different spreadsheet column, allowing it to be easily searched, ordered or imported into another lead or listing management system by the administrator.

Listings Reports are located under the new "Reports" tab in the "Listings" section of the administrative DeltaNet.

Delta Media Group's new 'Agent Lead Detail Report'

This week we mentioned a few new reports Delta Media Group released on the administrative side of our real estate website and lead management systems. We'll address those one by one.

First up is the new 'Agent Lead Detail Report,' located under the 'Reports' tab in the 'Leads & Contacts' section of the DeltaNet. The Agent Lead Detail Report is a summary of all recent leads among a selected time frame, ordered from oldest to most recent. It was built to conveniently display lead details over a given time period to real estate website admins, so they can better track the website's progress and evaluate the type of leads they are receiving.

The report shows the day and time the lead was submitted, the customer who submitted the lead, the agent the lead went to, the type of request submitted (Showing, E-mail, Photo Portfolio, etc.), the type of assignment the lead has (No-fee Referral, Broadcast, Fee-referral, etc.), and whether the lead is still active or not.

The Agent Lead Detail Report can be sorted by date range, allowing administrators to view the details of all leads submitted to the real estate website over the past few days, or during a set prior time period. The Agent Lead Detail Report can also be exported as a CSV file, allowing real estate company admins to save spreadsheets of lead detail reports, or submit them into additional lead management systems.

Check back to Delta Media Group's blog for updates on the other new system reports released this week.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Delta Media Group releases new 'Reporting' features on real estate websites

Delta Media Group has just released several new reports on the administrative side of the DeltaNet.

Among those are a new lead management report and three new administrative listing reports. Each will help administrators using Delta Media Group's real estate company website and lead management systems to better track their Web interaction among real estate agents and consumers.

Over the remainder of the week, Delta Media Group's blog will highlight the features and advantages of the new tracking added to your real estate website and lead management systems. Make sure to check back for more details, or subscribe to one of our RSS feeds available in the top-left corner of the blog.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

PHSI: Pending home sales up for fifth straight month

The National Association of Realtors® reported this morning that pending home sales are up for the fifth straight month.

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose 3.6 percent in June, putting it 6.7 percent above June 2008 levels. According to NAR, the PHSI is:
"...released during the first week of each month. It is designed to be a leading indicator of housing activity.
"The index measures housing contract activity. It is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. A signed contract is not counted as a sale until the transaction closes. Modeling for the PHSI looks at the monthly relationship between existing-home sale contract and transaction closings over the last four years."
-Realtor.org, Pending Home Sales Index
The PHSI has not had five consecutive months of gains since July 2003. The PHSI increase is the latest in a recent list of positive news for the real estate industry, including:

Check back to Delta Media Group's Real Estate News blog for more updates on the housing market.

PHSI: Pending home sales up for fifth straight month

The National Association of Realtors® reported this morning that pending home sales are up for the fifth straight month.

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) rose 3.6 percent in June, putting it 6.7 percent above June 2008 levels. According to NAR, the PHSI is:
"...released during the first week of each month. It is designed to be a leading indicator of housing activity.
"The index measures housing contract activity. It is based on signed real estate contracts for existing single-family homes, condos and co-ops. A signed contract is not counted as a sale until the transaction closes. Modeling for the PHSI looks at the monthly relationship between existing-home sale contract and transaction closings over the last four years."
-Realtor.org, Pending Home Sales Index
The PHSI has not had five consecutive months of gains since July 2003. The PHSI increase is the latest in a recent list of positive news for the real estate industry, including:

Check back to Delta Media Group's Real Estate News blog for more updates on the housing market.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Delta Media Group to attend Inman's Real Estate Connect conference

Will you be attending the Inman Real Estate Connect conference?

Delta Media Group will be at the conference demoing our real estate website and lead management systems, and the many updates and new technology we've released this year.

Real Estate Connect is held annually at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It is a leading national conference for real estate technology and innovation, and runs Wednesday, August 5 through Friday, August 7.

If you're attending the conference, make sure to speak with Delta Media Group for more info on how our real estate Web technology can help improve your online profits. If you can't make the conference, contact Delta Media Group for further details on our real estate Web systems.

Delta Media Group to attend Inman's Real Estate Connect conference

Will you be attending the Inman Real Estate Connect conference?

Delta Media Group will be at the conference demoing our real estate website and lead management systems, and the many updates and new technology we've released this year.

Real Estate Connect is held annually at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It is a leading national conference for real estate technology and innovation, and runs Wednesday, August 5 through Friday, August 7.

If you're attending the conference, make sure to speak with Delta Media Group for more info on how our real estate Web technology can help improve your online profits. If you can't make the conference, contact Delta Media Group for further details on our real estate Web systems.

Are you attending Inman's Real Estate Connect conference?

Delta Media Group will be in attendance at Inman's Real Estate Connect conference, beginning tomorrow in San Francisco.

Real Estate Connect is Inman's annual real estate conference. It will run tomorrow, August 5, through Friday, August 7 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco's Financial District. The website for the event reads:

"Connect SF 2009 will bring together the innovators, technologists, visionaries and risk takers who will define real estate’s future."

If you are attending Real Estate Connect, we'd love to know! Contact Delta Media Group here.

See the Real Estate Connect home page for more information on the conference.