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Chicago Area Home Prices Hit New Low in March

Regional Spotlight—(MCT)—Home prices in the Chicago area hit a new post-housing crisis low in March, falling to levels not seen locally since April 2000, according to the widely watched SandP/Case-Shiller home price index, released Tuesday. ...


The Fiscal Cliff: What It Means for Housing and Home Builders

At the end of 2012, a number of tax and spending policies are scheduled to change. Taken together, these changes may exert a strong fiscal drag on an already fragile macroeconomic environment depending on the actions of Congress. Federal Reserve ...


5 Rules for Real Estate Success

The current real estate market offers an overwhelming amount of opportunity to the agent willing to hone their skills and maintain a commitment to the fundamentals. ...


CRS Webinar: Tips for Creating a Great Real Estate Blog

Most successful real estate bloggers are able to keep their eye on many different aspects of the world around them, but what really sets them apart is their ability to write compelling and engaging content on a consistent basis over time. ...


How Dropping the Sales Pitch Can Build a Stronger Business

When you drop the sales pitch and deal with people in an ethical manner, you will gain more trust and a higher standing in the community. More trust equals more referrals and this will eventually translate into more success. When was the last time you reviewed the history of mortgage ...


Helping Grow REALTORS®’ Futures: Credit Union Merger Expands Benefits for REALTORS®

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union members now have access to expanded financial and banking resources as a result of a merger with Northwest Federal Credit Union. ...


You’re an MVP with NAR

In March, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® announced a new program called Member Value Plus, or MVP. Similar to the highly successful “Right Tools, Right Now” initiative, which ran in 2009 and 2010, the MVP Program brings NAR members valuable programs and services for free or reduced cost to support ...


Weekly Video Tip: Understanding Types of Lenses for DSLR Video

If you’ve advanced your knowledge of video enough to shoot on something like a DSLR camera, check out these great tips on using various lenses. ...


6 Recruiting Tips to Build an All-Star Team

Separating the average agent from the superstar is difficult. From focus to communication, below are several tips for recruiting the best professionals possible to your team. ...


The RREIN Roundtable: the Pros and Cons of Today’s Market

As we move through the second quarter of 2012, the year continues to pose a challenge for brokers. However, this year, there are several positive signs that indicate the worst is behind us and new opportunity lies just ahead. This month, we talk to RREIN members Ed Krafchow and Chad ...


Mobile Real Estate, LLC Launches Real Estate’s First International Short Code

Mobile Real Estate, LLC recently became the first mobile solutions provider for real estate to launch an international short code, the company has announced. The short code, 85377, which has been in use here in the U.S. since 2008 in conjunction with the Mobile Real Estate ID (MRE ID) solution ...


Why Would You Rob Yourself?

Sometimes I wonder if people truly understand who they are and if they really value themselves on the level that they need to. Let’s face it; there is nobody in this world that you will spend more time with than yourself ...


Build Relationships and Generate Referrals from Social Media & Mobile

Realtor.com® Business Beat—Real estate’s a relationship business, and the free HyperSocialTM tools from REALTOR.com® are designed to help you build strong ones. ...


20 Insanely Easy Ways to Use Pinterest in Your Business

As social media continues to evolve, so do the tools. Stepping up to the plate with a fierce vengeance is the new social media darling Pinterest. Haven’t heard of it? Let me give you a quick description before we dive into the “why” behind using Pinterest within your business. ...


REALTORS® Know Workforce Housing Solutions Are about Building Trust and Relationships

A panel of REALTORS® provided keen insight into what it takes to launch successful workforce housing initiatives during the Housing Opportunities Forum - Ideas in Action at the REALTOR® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., last week. ...


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