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Overcoming 3 Major Barriers to Closing More Sales

Today’s real estate and mortgage markets require new skills to succeed. There are fewer qualified buyers, shrinking mortgage options, more regulations and tougher competition. For real estate professionals in particular, three emerging barriers stand in the way of closing more sales in this tough environment. But with the right system ...


What Every New Agent Needs Right Out of the Gate

If you’re a new agent just getting started in the real estate industry, the following elements are crucial as you set yourself up to hit the ground running. ...


The Real Estate Book Helps Agents Go Mobile

With more and more consumers relying on mobile devices for local information, real estate professionals can no longer ignore this increasingly important channel when marketing properties. To help extend its customers’ reach to homebuyers on the go, The Real Estate Book / RealEstateBook.com, a leading publisher of real estate information ...


Obama Moves Forward with Foreclosure Prevention

Last Wednesday, February 1, President Obama announced the details of a plan to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in hopes of bolstering the housing market. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Follow the Leaders

As an independent real estate firm or agent we often don’t have resources (time and money) to research market trends and analyze consumer behavior. So what do we do? I recently read Crash Boom, By Greg Rand (great book—lots of awesome real estate principals) and he suggested following the leaders; ...


Average Mortgage Rates Ease Setting New Record Lows

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates dropping to new all-time record lows as data on economic growth fell short of market projections. All products in the PMMS survey, except the 1-Year ARM, averaged new lows. ...


5 Tips to Brand Your Way to Success

When most business owners think about creating a brand for their businesses, they immediately think about logos or brainstorm amusing taglines. Yet, effective branding goes much deeper than this. ...


Marketing Strategies: Powerful Tips for Maximizing Your Success

In my years of experience with coaching clients to maximize their success, I have created powerful tips to help accelerate progress. The first of these is to get clear on exactly what "success" means to you. I can't tell you ...


FHFA Responds to NPR Freddie Mac Refinance Story

A ProPublica–NPR news story recently suggested that a mortgage financing vehicle utilized by Freddie Mac may be preventing homeowners from refinancing. While FHFA does not typically comment on its supervisory activities, the circumstances here require some clarification, according ...


Cartavi and DocuSign Help Agents Close Deals Faster

Cartavi, a document sharing platform for real estate, has integrated with DocuSign to help real estate professionals close more deals faster in the cloud. ...


Mixed Mortgage Messages: Originations Decline but Quality Soars

Mortgage originations plunged 10.1 percent from November to December, continuing a decline from 2011’s September peak. At the same time, loans originated over the last two years have proved to be some of the best quality originations on record. ...


The Need to Go Mobile Is Now

In support of Google’s Go Mo initiative, Mobile Real Estate launched a free online tool in January that allows REALTORS® to test their website to ensure it is optimized for mobile viewing. Along with the ability to test your site at www.testmysitenow.com, Mobile Real Estate released the mobile ...


REALTOR® Strategies: Targeting Your Ideal Client; a Critical Strategy for Success

The importance of targeting the right market is a key ingredient to a successful career in real estate. As our industry has changed and the challenges within the economy have forced us to constantly reassess our strengths and weaknesses, it’s important that we create a marketing strategy that effectively reaches ...


Your Base Is Changing. Are You Changing with It?

Agents who are looking for new customers in 2012 have to redefine their base, restructure their marketing strategies, and reassess how to build new relationships. ...


Leading Brokerage Increases Sales 49 Percent in 2011: What’s Their Secret?

In a year when breaking even on year-over-year home sales might be considered a lofty goal for some real estate companies, Blue Ridge, Georgia's Coldwell Banker High Country Realty, has reported a 49 percent increase in homes sold in 2011 ...


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