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Obtaining Listings through Repeat, Referral Business

After a quarter century of successfully marketing real estate in the greater Pittsburgh area, Coldwell Banker’s Georgie Smigel knows a few things that keep driving her leading position in the market. ...


Webinar: Removing Boundaries for Real Estate Team Expansion

There is a new phenomenon emerging around aggressively growing real estate teams. Team leaders who already dominate the surrounding communities once had to make a decision if they wished to expand—either try to squeeze more productivity out of their existing team structure or break loose and start their own offices. ...


Upping the Competition in a Mobile-Driven Market

When Darell Bowen decided to get back into real estate after taking a break from the business in 2001, he knew he needed to find his feet quickly. For Bowen, one of the biggest challenges was settling on the technology infrastructure needed to catapult Darell Bowen Realty back into the ...


3 Tips for Anyone Expecting an Inheritance

The odds are good that you will inherit money or assets in the coming years. And, if you’re like most people, you’ll save only half. ...


Great Spaces: Kutcher and Kunis Make Moves before Marriage

Actor and funny-man Ashton Kutcher recently sold his home in the Hollywood Hills for $9.925 million. The home, which was finished in 2007, has been on the market since spring 2014. With a ...


What Foundations Are Built across the Nation?

NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC) data shows that nationally, about 30 percent of new single-family homes started in 2013 have a full or partial basement, 54 percent are built on slabs, and 15 percent have a crawl space. The remaining share, including homes built on stilts or ...


Competence. Exclusivity. Passion: Why These Real Estate Innovators Chose Engel & Völkers to Maximize Their Business

While every real estate brand has certain assets that set them apart, Engel & Völkers just might have cornered the market on differentiation. For starters, founded in 1977 in Hamburg, Germany, the premium real estate franchise is still actively led by its namesake, ...


More American Households Doubling Up as Rents Rise

An increasing number of American adults are moving in together to share expenses as rental rates continue to outpace income, according to a new Zillow analysis. ...


Where Is the Custom Home Market Share Highest?

New NAHB research reveals significant regional differences in the share of custom homes started in 2013. The analysis finds that the Northeast and East North Central parts of the nation have the highest market shares. ...


Client Value-Adds: Suggest the Use of Credit Security Freezes as Appropriate

REALTORS® may point clients to family law attorneys when a spousal dispute or divorce arises in a real estate transaction. If they really want to add value as a trusted advisor, what else can they do to help protect their clients’ ...


Business Improvement Needs to Come from Within

Editor’s Note: The following is a recap of RISMedia’s CEO Exchange in September from the perspective of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. ...


Starter Homes: How and Where to Find Them

(MCT)—First-time homebuyers might well wonder: Where are all the starter houses? ...


Excessive Lending Standards Still Affecting Home Sales

Tight mortgage lending standards continue to affect sales for single-family builders across the nation, according to a survey released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Well over half of the single-family builders surveyed indicated that lending standards were “tight” or “very tight,” while only 11 percent indicated that ...


Applications for New Home Purchases Unchanged in September

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Application Survey (BAS) data for September 2014 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases remained unchanged relative to the previous month. ...


How to Eliminate Third Party Settlement Costs

(MCT)—In a recent article I proposed that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be removed from limbo and given a new mission: to create a better primary mortgage market. Among other things, this would include the elimination of third party settlement ...


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