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The Ultimate Rental Tool for Landlords

Landlords know how important it is to find dependable tenants, however, running a potential tenant’s credit and rental history checks can be a very tedious—and often complicated—process. And that doesn’t take into consideration all the time and effort spent on tenants who don’t pan out. Houserie, a tenant screening program ...


West USA Realty, Inc. Hires Michael Hofstetter as New Managing Broker

West USA Realty, Inc. Operations Officer Todd C. Menard announced recently that Michael P. Hofstetter has been named as its newest Managing Broker for the company.  Hofstetter will join a team of brokers that include Bob Stephens (managing broker), Duane Fouts (managing broker) and C. Dale Hillard (designated broker). ...


Independently Healthy: Chicago Broker Bucks Brand Trend

As the real estate market continues down the path to recovery, brokers are looking to bounce back in a big way. For some, this means signing on with a franchise, banking on name recognition and corporate resources to boost marketshare. But others ...


NAR Video Spotlight: Determining Your Investment Options Using a Risk-Return Model

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real Estate Advisor. ...


Enhancing Client Relations

In the 10 years that James and Penny Brockway, a husband and wife team, have been operating Brockway Realty, LLC, the company has been in steady growth mode, with a dozen agents now serving clients throughout the Houston and Clear Lake areas. ...


Small Town, Big Service

Building a real estate business in a small town doesn't mean offering small services. Instead, it typically means you spend a lot of time strengthening your relationship with your local community. “Get involved in a lot of local events,” recommends Bruce Garber, Broker/Owner of CENTURY 21 BHJ Realty, Inc. in ...


Pillar To Post Welcomes 42 New Franchisees

Pillar To Post, one of North America’s largest home inspection franchises, has added 42 new franchise locations since January of this year, bringing the company’s total to 450 franchisees. In addition, they have just been named one of the Top 100 Low Cost Franchises in Franchise Business Review’s Best of ...


Are We Communicating?

According to a recent survey done by California homebuyers, one of the biggest challenges facing real estate professionals and their clients is communication. We all know past clients are a great source of repeat and referral business so why is it that ...


Key Takeaways from the Realogy FWD Innovation Summit

In The Second Machine Age, Erik Brynjofsson and Andrew McAfee provide an intricate argument that the speed of innovation is increasing rapidly. And, while their book does not focus on real estate, last Tuesday’s Realogy FWD Innovation Summit showcasing 15 ...


Share of All-Cash Home Purchases Falls in Most Areas

The portion of home purchases made with all cash fell in the first quarter compared to a year ago in a majority of metro areas nationwide, as investor-driven activity fades and more traditional buyers re-enter the market, according to a Zillow analysis. ...


REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate Program Raises the Standards of Industry Excellence, Announces First Graduates

Experienced REALTORS® are among the real estate industry’s most-valued professional assets, particularly because of their ongoing commitment to continued learning. Since the nature of the real estate industry is always changing, professionals can benefit by expanding their knowledge base in a number of specialty areas within real estate. In addition ...


FHA Prohibits Deceptive Marketing in Reverse Mortgage Programs

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published a Mortgagee Letter recently reminding lenders participating in the agency’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Program to make certain senior borrowers are fully informed of all their options when applying for reverse mortgages.  FHA’s Mortgagee Letter also reinforces the agency’s prohibition against misleading or deceptive ...


Alain Pinel REALTORS® Acquires New Vice President of Strategic Planning and Growth

Alain Pinel REALTORS® (APR), the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States, has announced Rick Turley as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Growth for San Francisco and Wine Country. Turley was most recently President of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's San Francisco Bay Area Region. In his ...


How to Organize Your Move in 6 Steps

It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving near or far—it’s important to stay organized during your move. And that doesn’t just mean making a schedule and sticking to it. You’ll need to figure out a system for organizing, packing and storing your belongings. ...


Engel & Völkers Welcomes Top Agent to San Diego Ranch-Coast Brokerage

Engel & Völkers San Diego Ranch-Coast recently announced that agent Danny Power has joined its shop. Power has been recognized as a top-producing agent in the local San Diego area, specializing in oceanfront, coastal and estate properties. ...


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