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3 Character Keys to Real Estate Success

The most successful real estate professionals are success-oriented, self-starters with a true entrepreneurial spirit. They also share the following three key characteristics: ...


How to Win with Online Leads

More than 90 percent of consumers rely on the Internet as a primary source of information for real estate. Typically, consumers request more information through a website and it becomes an online lead. There are ...


Big Data: The New Competitive Advantage in Real Estate

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series on Big Data analysis as relevant to the real estate industry. ‘Big Data’ analytics is the practice of using machine learning to process and draw conclusions from high-volume, high-variety, unstructured information. But ...


Home Staging – Strategically Useful for Corporate Mobility

Staging a home can speed up selling relocation properties and potentially lessen corporate expenses—good reasons to consider it selectively as a cost-efficient strategy. ...


Closing Costs Soar 20.8 Percent

While most homebuyers are focused on rising home prices, closing costs are rising nearly as quickly over the past three years, increasing by more than 20 percent since 2010, according recent information from Bankrate.com. Mortgage closing costs rose 6 percent over 2013 ...


Is Your Revenue at Risk? CEO Exchange Panel Discusses the Future of ABAs for Brokers

The prominence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has raised concerns surrounding compliance and regulations, impacting everything from the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the new Qualified Mortgage Rule to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The implications for Affiliated Business ...


REALTORS® Environmental Summit Evaluates Potential Risks to Real Estate

REALTOR® leaders are hearing from the nation’s foremost experts on environmental risk management during the National Association of REALTORS® first environmental summit. The slate of distinguished speakers includes Dan Glickman, who served as the Secretary of Agriculture under President Clinton, and Tom ...


Five Housing Trends for Summer

(MCT)—It may still be hard to find the home of your dreams with the limited inventory for sale. But at least when it comes to getting a mortgage, you might have more options as lenders loosen some of their standards. ...


Risk Management for Real Estate Agents: 12 Best Practices

Developing best practices and incorporating the recommendations outlined below into your daily real estate business will significantly reduce your liability and help manage the risk of potential litigation as well as complaints filed with the department of real estate or your local REALTOR® ...


4 Video Marketing Tactics to Attract Local Business

While video marketing is not necessarily new to the real estate industry, the demand for it has certainly increased by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Since 90 percent of consumers watch online video (Invodo), this visual ...


5 Networking Tips to Increase Your Sphere of Influence

In the real estate industry, networking is one of the most important facets of the job. A savvy real estate professional will use each and every opportunity to meet new people and connect with them to make future business ...


Taking LinkedIn Seriously

With LinkedIn being the go-to spot for professionals, real estate agents now have a whole new territory at their disposal. If business is conducted online, and companies are scouting potential employees through LinkedIn connections, it makes sense for agents to bolster their ...


Six Steps to Improve Your Real Estate Website for Mobile Visitors

According to a Google study, 79 percent of mobile users will visit another site for the information they need if they find a site difficult to use. How are you engaging with potential customers via mobile? Use the six tips below to ...


Tips for Hosting a Creative Open House

Open houses are hit or miss for most agents. Some even forgo them altogether. Why? Hosting the traditional open house may be a lost art, but never a lost cause. With some imagination (and a little bit of luck), open houses can ...


Down Payments Go Up for First-time Buyers

Fewer first-time homebuyers are finding a way to buy a house with a relatively low down payment as their options shrink and lenders’ down payment requirements rise. ...


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