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Business Development & Best Practices Archive


5 Reasons Why Short Sales Can Grow Your Business

Short sales continue to play a part in the real estate landscape and sources show that this niche will thrive well into 2013. Even though short sales can be difficult to close, there are many reasons why they should be a part of your main business strategy with a specific ...


Is Your Association Business Model What You Need to Compete?

Our association business models for the most part are similar. The National Association of REALTORS® provides guidance in its Models Document which delineates three different Management Models. They differ in a number of ways, including the concept of the role of the volunteer in the decision making process. NAR refers ...


Lessons Learned from 100 Percent Made-in-USA House

(MCT)—From the South Florida rock in its concrete slab to the roof trusses milled in Yulee, Fla., Greg and Jennifer Gent’s new house may be the only one in Central Florida built entirely with U.S.-made products. ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: ‘The Hottest New Apps: Are They Helping to Drive Your Success?’

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Jeff Barnett, NAR’s Liaison for Large Firm Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


Fiscal Cliff Avoided: What it Means for Housing and Home Builders

The fiscal cliff, an economically damaging set of tax hikes and spending reductions scheduled to begin in 2013, has been avoided (for now) and that is good news for housing in the short-run. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: 2012 Mobile Wrap Up

The holidays have come and gone and the New Year is upon us. Looking back on 2012, there is no question that “mobile” was a hot topic. While a lot went on in the mobile landscape throughout the year, all of which is certainly worth reviewing, there were a couple ...


3 Tips to Ignite Your Recruiting Efforts in the New Year

A successful company relies heavily on the competence and effectiveness of its people. As an owner or manager hiring the right people falls squarely on your shoulders. Unfortunately for most, sifting through resumes, scheduling interviews and working to ...


Staying on Our Toes in 2013

Over the course of my career, I’ve learned that we need to continually ask ourselves: What can I do better in the future? In the wake of a successful year, or a less-than-stellar period, you can’t rest on your laurels. The market is changing; our customers are changing; and we, ...


Make 2013 the Year of Partnership

Welcome, 2013! For those of us in real estate, it’s refreshing to see so many positive market indicators after a couple years of facing down challenging conditions. As a nation and in my hometown of Chicago, the real estate recovery seems on track. ...


Marketing Strategies: 5 Things You Need for a Break-Out Year

Let me ask you a couple questions: ...


Home-Selling Strategies: Going Mobile

For a career that requires constant adapting, traveling, meetings and research, mobile technology has become critical for real estate professionals everywhere. But it’s how you use it that determines whether or not this technology can help you succeed at what you do. ...


Your New Part-Time Profession: Content Marketer

Are you aware you got promoted this year? ...


Weekly Video Tip: Editing Techniques-Fade In/Out

You guys are obviously complete video pros by now, right? No? OK, well we’ve still got some simple tips for your toolbox and today we’re going to dig into a very common editing transition that you’ll no doubt be using quite a bit: the fade. ...


Ramping up Data Privacy and Security

From Social Security numbers to credit card information, as the amount of data a brokerage generates and collects increases, so does the organizational risk of data breaches. ...


MVP: Earn Social Media Blogging Guide

NAR PULSE - Log in to the REALTOR® Content Resource between January 1-15 and earn a “Social Media for REALTORS®: Blogging” Download. The REALTOR® Content Resource is an online tool from NAR offering free ready-to-go, themed article bundles on topics like home improvement, maintenance, insurance, and more. Thanks to the ...