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The Update on Upstream: What’s in It for Brokers and Consumers?

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


5 Scripts for a Successful Negotiation

In an industry where commissions are being challenged and discounted daily, negotiation skills can be the difference between receiving a four or six percent commission. That means, in a $500,000 transaction, you could be missing out on an additional $10,000. According to a recent NAR Profile of Buyers and Sellers, ...


Spotlight: Remaining in the Know while On the Go

To stay afloat in a fluctuating real estate market, it’s important to remain flexible and up to date. “Dealing with different people from all over the U.S. and abroad heightens my world view and keeps me well rounded,” says Deborah McMullen, a REALTOR® ...


Gentrification: How to Identify Promising Markets

First come the hipsters, then the middle class and finally the Michelin-star gastropubs. These are just some of the trademarks of gentrification according to Tranio, a trend that can be very profitable for local property markets but only if ...


The Comeback Continues: U.S Housing Market On the Rise

The U.S. housing market continues to improve as Florida and Arizona enter their outer range of stable housing activity, according to a recently released Freddie Mac Multi-Indicator Market Index® (MiMi®). The MiMi purchase applications indicator improved by nine percent in 2015, its best ...


How Can Real Estate Agents Maintain Client Relationships after the Sale?

Being a successful real estate agent requires a constant two-pronged approach: marketing yourself to bring in new leads and maintaining relationships with past clients. While many real estate agents double down on the former by spending an arm and a leg on a ...


Housing Prices Slide Up 5.7 Percent

U.S. home prices were up 5.7 percent year-over-year, according to the recently released S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, covering all nine U.S. Census divisions. The report recorded a slightly higher year-over-year gain with a 5.4 percent annual increase in December 2015 versus ...


Rocket Mortgage: Digging Deeper

If you’re one of the 111 million-plus people who watched Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 (or one of the millions more like me who was just in it for the snacks, commercials and half-time show), you probably saw the debut of the ...


Existing Home Sales Inch Forward as Prices Rise

Existing-home sales crept forward in January to the highest annual rate in six months, and subpar supply levels propelled price growth to the fastest increase since last April, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The West was the only region to see ...


6 Tips to Help Manage Your Online Presence

Our VP of Marketing Lisa Fettner recently spoke at the annual CRS Sell-a-bration and offered tips for managing your online presence. Lisa stressed how important it is for agents to keep their profiles current and fresh, and shared the following six tips to ...


How Real Estate IRAs Can Help Supercharge Retirement Savings for You and Your Clients

Here’s a true story I heard from a CRS agent recently: Two years ago, the agent went to her financial professional and told him that she was interested in investing in real estate with her IRA. Her financial professional said, “Don’t do it,” ...


Home Equity Lending Makes Hard Comeback

Home equity lending is on its way up, according to a recently released CoreLogic white paper. The first three quarters of 2015 showed lenders originating nearly 976,000 new home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) with combined limits in excess of ...


How to Be the CEO of Your Business and Life

Do you spend your days frantically running from fire to fire instead of tackling the tasks on your to-do list? Does your work day stretch into the double digits as you try to gain some semblance of control over your ...


Deadline for Power Broker Survey Extended to Feb. 26

The deadline to complete RISMedia’s 28th Annual Power Broker Survey has been extended to this Friday, Feb. 26.  RISMedia’s Power Broker Survey, the industry’s longest-running listing of America’s top brokerage firms, ranks firms by closed residential transactions and residential sales volume for 2015. ...


Ask the Experts: How Can Agents Help with Home Improvements?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Lance Malcolm, Chief Operations Officer with Contractor Connection. ...


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