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The Open Floor Plan Challenge

Open floor plans continue to be popular, but as many homeowners discover, living with this kind of layout can take some getting used to. While these spaces – with minimal wall interruption, lots of light, and a spacious feeling – have much ...


Insights into Buyers from China and Overcoming the Cultural Divide

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a listing comes on the market only to be scooped up days later by a buyer from China, in cash. It’s been one of the hottest real estate trends in real estate for some ...


Leading Markets Index Shows 56 Metros at or Above Normal Levels in June

Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, 56 returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the latest real estate news from the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI), released this ...


8 Must-Know Tips to Grow Your Business

As the chairman of one of the world’s largest business support organizations, I’ve encountered countless prospective entrepreneurs trying to put their ideas into action by launching a business.  My experiences have given me a unique insight into what makes and breaks a ...


The ABCs of Lead Management

Most agents tell me that their most urgent business concern is the need for more leads. With all the incredible lead generation sources both online and offline, I simply don’t buy it. Our coaches are taught to lead each session with revenue. ...


The Social Media Cheat Sheet

When on a social media site like Facebook, picture yourself going to a Chamber of Commerce meeting and being in front of people, asking questions that are engaging. This is a key to connections. ...


Top 5 Tips to Successful Franchising

Real estate franchising is everywhere. Brokers are faced with a lot of choices, models, and value propositions, which often leads to a lot of confusion. ...


Good News for Sellers: Listings Sell Faster despite Weak Sales

Despite weak demand and an infusion of new listings over the past two months, listings are selling nearly as fast as a year ago and prices are still rising. Realtor.com reported recently that in April the total U.S. for sale inventory of ...


Great Spaces: Who Wants to Live in a Barn?

Has quiet country life ever appealed to you? Itch that desire without going full farm by moving into a converted barn space—all luxury, no manual labor. This charming, spacious, revamped barn is located in Indian Hill, Ohio. ...


Face Time: Why Broker Networking Matters More than Ever

Overused and often under-rated, the concept of networking has become a ubiquitous part of modern culture. However, that doesn’t dilute the value of smart, selective, focused networking for those who know how to do it right. Power Brokers, in fact, view it ...


30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Hover Near 4 Percent, for Second Week in a Row

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow® Mortgage Marketplace is currently 4.01 percent, up two basis points from this time last week, the company reports. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate declined early last week, dropping to as low as 3.92 percent on ...


How to Succeed in the New Era of Real Estate

Today’s consumers are a different breed from the consumers of the past. Potential buyers and sellers are savvier, know more about the real estate market and, thanks to the Internet, have access to a wealth of information. According to the National Association of ...


Play It Safe When You Leave Home: Vacation Security Smarts

As summer gets into full swing, it makes sense to review some simple but important steps you should take to secure your home during vacation season. Amidst all of the decisions about where to go, where to stay, and what to do ...


Rates on New Home Loans Remain Stable

The average characteristics of conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes were little changed in April, according to data released recently by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). ...


7 Deadly Sins: Social Media Mistakes Agents Make

Social media is a powerful tool for real estate professionals in many ways. It allows you to find and engage with real people in your market, gives you a free source of advertising and can be great for referrals. But like anything ...


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