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Empower Your Future: Master of Real Estate Program Helps You Stand Out in a Whole New Way

Much like any industry, real estate is populated with individuals who came to the field through self-motivation, raw talent or successful mentoring. But as the competition continues to heat up, real estate professionals across the board are raising the bar even higher ...


CFPB Announces Two-Month Pushback of TRID Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week a proposal to push back the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which combines two mortgage disclosure regimes into one. The new date is set for October 1. The rule, originally set to go ...


3 Tips to Reignite Your Fire to Succeed

Inspiration is an important part of achieving success. It’s what drives you to show up and give your best every day. It provides perspective during challenging times when you’re most susceptible to drifting. Most importantly, it reignites your fire to thrive when you ...


May Housing Starts Highlight Strong Demand

Recently reported May housing starts showed an 11.1 percent drop in new home construction nationally, falling to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.036 million units. The drop from elevated April results was broad, with a 5.4 ...


REALTORS® Report Heightened Commercial Success

Commercial real estate markets are improving with REALTORS® specializing in commercial real estate reporting an increase in annual gross income, the number of sales transactions and sales volume, according to the 2015 National Association of ...


Content Craze: How Real Estate Pros Can Avoid Information Overload and Wield Power with Credible Content

To say that we live in a society driven by information is an understatement. Content and its dissemination have truly morphed into the lifeblood of our culture. Users on social media scroll their news feeds daily, hourly even, scraping the bottom of the ...


Use Your REALTOR Benefits® Program Resources to Market Your Business

During the busy spring/summer selling season, it’s especially important to ramp-up your marketing efforts. Fortunately, several partners in the National Association of REALTORS®’ s ...


Three ‘Be’s’ for Connecting with More Clients

Whether it’s plastering photos of yourself on billboards, helping out at local charity events or even sponsoring a little league team, each agent has their own secret for connecting with clients. The key to creating a connection with new clients is to find ...


Gap between Homeowner and Appraiser Home Value Opinion Continues to Widen

Detroit-based Quicken Loans recently reported the difference between appraiser and homeowner perceptions continued to increase for the fourth consecutive month in May. Appraiser opinions of home values were 1.15 percent lower than homeowner estimates, according to Quicken Loans’ national Home Price Perception Index ...


The Dirty Little Secret of Lead Generation for Real Estate

If you do a Google search for “lead generation for real estate,” guess how many results you’ll find? Over one million. You don’t have to be an industry expert to know that lead generation is a big deal. And some real estate agents ...


Are You Missing Opportunities with Foreign Buyers?

Recently, USA Today reported on the influx of foreign real estate buyers in Miami. Since I live in Miami I'm seeing this first hand. But it’s the same story in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, ...


How the May Job Report Is Good for Housing

Recent news regarding employment rates has housing professionals breathing a sigh of relief. Friday's May Jobs Report reported that employers added a plush 280,000 jobs last month, which hints that there will be no slowdown in job growth anytime soon. ...


New Disclosure Forms May Alter Contracts

Major changes are coming to real estate transactions. Starting on August 1, any transaction involving a mortgage will use the new disclosure forms created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). NAR has compiled a lot of information on this topic at www.realtor.org/respa, ...


3 More ‘Tried and True’ Lead Generation Techniques from Tom Ferry

Lead generation is arguably the most important facet in the real estate industry. An agent’s ability to convert prospects into clients and generate new leads could be the difference between a top-tier business and a struggling one. A solid lead generation ...


Boomerang Buyers Are Coming, and Will Require Special Expertise

Over seven million Americans are reported to have lost their homes to foreclosure or short sale from 2007 - 2014, and an estimated 250,000 - 500,000 are beginning to re-enter the market. In all, reports say that half of the 7.3 million will ...


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