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Consumer Confidence Making a Comeback

As the weather warms for spring, so are consumers—for home buying, that is. “Now that interest rates are at such a low level, people are beginning to realize that buying a home is more affordable than renting,” says Rob Sibcy, President of Sibcy Cline REALTORS®. “As people continue to have ...


Avoid These Real Estate Advertising Slogans

In the season premier of “Mad Men,” Creative Director Peggy Olsen uses a technique learned from Don Draper to help form ad copy for a client. She writes a letter as if she is a consumer recommending the product to a ...


Leveraging Social Media for Online Lead Generation

Targeting, converting and nurturing online leads are challenges many real estate professionals face. From the expense to the tools and management, knowing how and where to spend time and money can feel like an immense undertaking. ...


Get Ready For the Nationwide Open House Weekend April 20-21

In preparation for Open House weekend, realtor.com® and Top Producer® have jointly collaborated on two elements of a successful open house: Attendance and follow-up. ...


Maximizing Your Online Reputation, Part 3: Get Reviewed on Social Media to Enhance Your Image

Editor’s Note: This is the third of a seven-part series from Homes.com on how to manage your online reputation. Homes.com has put together a free playbook on the topic, which can be downloaded here. Watch for this series in RISMedia’s Friday Weekly Business Builder e-newsletter. ...


Builders Will Build, Buyers Will Buy – Will You Get in the Game?

Here’s an interesting question for brokers, managers and sales professionals: ...


Why Social, Why Now?

Why is social marketing important to your business and agents? Imagine if every client you ever had was in a room – a room with not only you, but all of their friends. The truth is, this room exists, yet in the digital sense. When you connect with a current ...


Motivate Yourself to Success

I have learned that if I look at an idea, thought or phrase every day, there is a good chance I will internalize its essence and make it part of me. This is no great revelation, as evidenced by the market for motivational quotes in fancy frames found in offices ...


Through April 30, Register for Free Midyear Trade Expo, Earn MVP Reward

You and your agents earn the 2013 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences download after registering between April 16-30 for NAR’s free 2013 Midyear Trade Expo. The Expo takes place May 15-16 in Washington, D.C. Attendees will gain access to the latest real estate tools and great networking ...


Rising Costs Put Squeeze on Builder Confidence in April

Facing increasing costs for building materials and rising concerns about the supply of developed lots and labor, builders registered less confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in April, with a two-point drop to 42 on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI), released recently. ...


Product Branding, Service Branding and Personality Branding

We do it all in real estate! So let’s take a look at these three branding components and how they integrate into a branding strategy. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Mobile Madness

The month of March is typically associated with March Madness, the term used to describe the NCAA College Basketball tournament. However, this year, March Madness not only applied to sporting events but to mobile as well; the technology wave that continues to explode at astronomic levels. ...


Maximizing Your Online Reputation – Part 2: Get Your Name Out There

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a seven-part series from Homes.com on how to manage your online reputation. Homes.com has put together a free playbook on the topic, which can be downloaded here. Watch for this ...


New Homes Bring New Opportunities

When I was a boy, my father told me a story I’ve never forgotten: ...


Lost Sales Leads: 4 Common Problems and How to Correct Them

U.S. businesses spend billions of dollars generating sales leads only to lose more than 70 percent of them simply because they don’t make contact quickly enough, according to one study. ...


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