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How to Get Your Genius Noticed in a Crowded Internet

It seems like everyone has a real estate blog these days, as many real estate agents have joined the blogosphere over the last few years. ActiveRain has grown to over 250,000 bloggers, Zillow, Realtor.com, Homes.com and many other major real ...


SEO Basics Can Increase Relocation Department Online Visibility

Your direct relationships with corporate clients and RMCs are valuable business sources - but it’s no secret that prospects often initiate searches for new products and services online. Without a good SEO strategy in your marketing plan, you could lose potential ...


New Report Spotlights Homes Sold to Owner-Occupants

Owner-occupant buyers accounted for 63.2 percent of all residential single family home and condo sales in the first quarter of 2015, down from 65.8 percent in the previous quarter and 68.6 percent a year ago to the lowest quarterly level going back to ...


What Makes a Good Real Estate Agent – a Staffer’s Perspective

I have worked for a small independent real estate company for over 12 years now, and although my position and responsibilities have changed since I started, at virtually all points I have had a comprehensive view of every agent’s sales performance and commission ...


Three More Tips for Top-Tier Lead Generation, Part 2

Leads are the lifeblood of the real estate industry. An agent’s ability to convert prospects to clients and generate new leads could be the difference between excelling in their career or falling behind. A solid lead generation program can help you increase ...


A Fool’s Guide to Networking: It’s Not Like It Used to Be

Years ago, social networking meant attending business events at places like the Rotary Club, Lions Club or even the Business Network International (BNI). We attended these events to network face-to-face. What was really great about it was that everyone seemed to know ...


Pending Home Sales Move Up for Third Consecutive Month

Pending home sales in March continued their recent momentum, rising for the third straight month and remaining at their highest level since June 2013, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, ...


Homeowner Vacancy Wavers Slightly in First Quarter

National vacancy rates in the first quarter 2015 were 7.1 percent for rental housing and 1.9 percent for homeowner housing, the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau announced recently. The rental vacancy rate of 7.1 percent was 1.2 percentage points (+/-0.4) lower than the ...


The Embodiment of Entrepreneurship

There is no greater embodiment of entrepreneurship than what may be found in a brokerage owner, with consistent success possible only through possessing a remarkable combination of personal initiative and perseverance. For the faint of heart it isn’t, ...


February Home Prices Continue to Rise

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, according to a recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showing data for February 2015. Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw larger year-over-year increases in February compared to January. ...


To Sell or Not to Sell? 5 Signs It’s Time to List Your Home

If you’re like me, thoughts of putting your home on the market and moving up, down or out of dodge all together periodically float through your mind. These days, there’s extra incentive given the inventory shortage in most regions of the country—some areas ...


New Study Shows Homeowners Shifting Sense of Home Value

The average American's perception of home value in the post-crash era runs much deeper than standard measures of price and location, according to a recently released Homeowner Sentiment Survey done by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Unlike prior emphasis on square footage and amenities, today’s ...


Legalized Marijuana: A New Meaning to ‘Going Green’ in Real Estate

As the market continues on its road to recovery, many obstacles are falling by the wayside making it easier than recent years to find the right homes for the right buyers. Mortgage rates are still low and affordable, the unemployment rate has ...


Don’t Forget the Googleyness

We are all beneficiaries of Google’s innovation. Aside from making the Internet user-friendly, and the devices they have created to make information ever-present, Google has taught us the importance of setting big goals, and the importance of culture in achieving them. Earlier this ...


Mortgage Applications on the Move

Mortgage applications increased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 17, 2015. ...


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