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Builder Confidence Continues to Improve in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved for a fourth consecutive month in August with a two-point gain to 37 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released recently. This gain ...


It’s Time to Do Something Non-Tech for Your Business

It has been said that the wealthiest people on this planet are as wealthy as they are because they do things differently than everyone else. I am an advocate for modeling myself after successful people because I believe in the ...


The Most Crucial Mistake You Can Make When Listings Are Low

When listings are low, competition for listings is high. Why do some agents thrive in this environment while others see their business dwindle? Many make a crucial mistake. ...


Taking Back Your Market: Recovery Strategies for Brokers

As the real estate market and general economy continue to make gradual progress toward recovery, proactive brokers and real estate professionals are striking while the iron’s hot, employing market-specific strategies to gain marketshare and increase business. ...


August Economic and Housing Market Outlook: A Shrinking Shadow?

Freddie Mac recently released its U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for August showing why the so-called shadow inventory might not be as foreboding as many thought; this is attributed to the rate at which excess housing is being absorbed. ...


Big Deal, Bigger Plans

This past December, Canadian-based Brookfield Residential Property Services (Brookfield RPS)—a master franchisor in the Canadian real estate market for 25 years with Royal LePage, Via Capitale and Johnston & Daniel—made big news when it acquired Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services. Having ...


Three Secrets Third-Party Aggregators Don’t Want Brokers to Know

There’s a battle raging between brokerages and third-party aggregators that compile real estate listings online and collect sales leads in order to sell them to agents and brokers. Several large brokerages are so unhappy with aggregators that they’ve turned off ...


7 Ways to Grow Your Business Now

Last week I called on my friend Jeff Lobb to provide what he thought were the 12 must have apps for real estate professionals. This week I want to talk about seven different ways to help you grow your business ...


New Home vs. Old Home – Which Home Is Best for Your Buyer?

The real estate market is full of a great variety of homes for potential buyers to choose from. One of the first decisions a potential buyer must consider is their preference for finding an existing home or building a new ...


Dodd-Frank: Could New Rules Derail the Housing Recovery?

The pending rulemakings for the Qualified Mortgage and Qualified Residential Mortgage mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, and the Federal Reserve’s recently proposed Basel III international capital standards, have the potential to severely tighten an already rigid credit market, as well ...


Recharge Your Leadership Mojo: 8 Ways to Reignite Your Passion

It’s been a grueling five years. On the global stage, we’ve seen bailouts, rampant unemployment, sluggish consumer confidence, declining home values and rising prices. For those still lucky enough to be employed, all this doom and gloom has manifested as ...


Marketing Strategies: 7 Ways ‘Perfectionism’ Stops You from Success

Have you ever wondered if perfectionism is a help or hindrance on the road to success? ...


Home Prices Continue to Rise

Data through May 2012, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that average home prices increased by 2.2 percent in May over April for both the 10- ...


Whether Your Glass Is Half Full or Half Empty, You Still Have Water, Right?

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking at an event where the overall mood of the attendees before I went on appeared to be a little negative at first glance. I usually try to make it a point to ...


Positive Self Talk: The Strangest Secret

In 1957, Earl Nightingale, speaker, author and co founder of the Nightingale-Conant Corporation, recorded his classic motivational record "The Strangest Secret." "The Strangest Secret" sold over one million copies and made history in the recording industry by being honored as ...


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