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A Training Platform: Education & Evolution

A strong training platform holds value for every brokerage. In one vein, it’s important for real estate agents to stay ahead of trends and adapt to industry and market changes to maximize their business. In another, it’s important to the brokerage’s culture and growth for its agents to understand the ...


5 Technology Tools Every Agent Should Use

For the last couple of years, real estate technology tools have been rolling out at a fast and furious pace. As a real estate professional, I eagerly scrambled to keep up as a slower market afforded me the time ...


Builder Confidence in the 55+ Housing Market Shows Significant Improvement in Second Quarter

Builder confidence in the 55+ housing market for single-family homes showed strong continued improvement in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) latest 55+ Housing Market Index (HMI) released recently. The index increased 24 points ...


Can You Be the Next Business Thought Leader?

“A lot of people are trying to become viewed as ‘thought leaders’ because they recognize that being a well-publicized, well-respected expert in their field is good for business,” says Mitchell Levy, CEO of THiNKaha and author of the new book, “#Creating Thought Leaders Tweet. “But most people have a hard ...


Distressed Properties: Are Short Sales and REOs Still Driving Business?

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


A New Breed of Real Estate Investor: The Value Investor

As the real estate market makes a joyous recovery, the media is ablaze with evidence that investment buyers are retreating—or are they? ...


Expectations for Improvement in Housing Sector Continue

Consumer attitudes toward the housing market are increasingly positive despite the recent steep rise in mortgage interest rates, according to results from Fannie Mae’s July 2013 National Housing Survey. ...


Coldwell Banker Real Estate Endorses RPR®

NAR PULSE—Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has launched an internal campaign to its franchise network endorsing the benefits of the Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), including encouraging immediate adoption of the system. Coldwell Banker also announced that all of its franchised companies supported by RPR-participating MLS’s, now have access to customized ...


NAHB Members Celebrate National Building Systems Week

Members of the Building Systems Council (BSC) of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are celebrating National Building Systems Week, which runs Aug. 4 – 10, by offering model home tours, demonstrations and much more. This week-long national event aims to educate consumers on the differences between system-built homes ...


Carrington Real Estate Services Expands Its Business in North and South Carolina

Corporately owned and operated national brokerage Carrington Real Estate Services, LLC recently announced the combining of its local operations in North and South Carolina with North Carolina-based brokerage owner Jason Cox. Effective immediately, Mr. Cox and his team of agents will operate under the Carrington umbrella, complementing Carrington’s ...


Midwest Real Estate Data LLC® Executes Data License Agreement with Realtors Property Resource®

Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED) announced recently that it has executed an agreement with Realtors Property Resource, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, to integrate MRED’s licensed MLS data with RPR’s national property database and website for their REALTOR® members. ...


Research Links Mortgage Interest Deduction with Economic Opportunity

The mortgage interest deduction (MID) is linked positively with intergenerational mobility – a measure of economic opportunity – according to new academic research from economists at Harvard and Berkeley. This paper comes on the heels of separate research showing that trading the MID for lower individual income tax rates results ...


The MLS Public Portal Debate: Take Back Your Future – Or Is It Too Late?

John Reilly, director of RealTown, and I have been around Internet listing display and listing data distribution since their inception. Based on what we’ve learned over the last 19 years, and more recently over the last five years, we believe there is room for different “public portal real estate models.” ...


Content Is King: How to Win the Battle against Portals

It’s hard to deny that the giant real estate portals are doing more than simply holding their own when it comes to branding and attracting Web traffic to their sites. They attract the lion’s share of real estate traffic, and typically ...


Top Producer® CRM – A Whole New Follow-Up Experience

Top Producer® CRM is working hard to simplify the way you can manage follow-up without digging through your database to find important tasks or clients. The company’s new, intuitive follow-up coach will guide you to success by surfacing the most important interactions you need to manage a successful ...


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