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Home Inspections: Then and Now – Dan Steward Brings Home Inspection into the Future

It was one very bad experience with a real estate transaction that left entrepreneur Mike Brewer thinking there had to be a way to professionalize the home inspection industry. Like many serial entrepreneurs, after an unsatisfactory business transaction (in Brewer’s ...


Will 2013 Be Your Break-Out Year? Leaders to Discuss Success Strategies at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum

The Power Brokers have spoken: From shrinking inventories to stabilizing – even increasing! – home prices, the positive indicators continue to point toward a recovering real estate market. But today's market – the 'new normal' of real estate – is ...


5 Agents Share Their Digital Marketing Success Stories

You've seen the webinars, read the articles, attended the conferences. All signs point to the conclusion that you “must” embrace new media and technology and "be social" online. But what does that really mean? ...


Choosing a Professional Home Inspector

There are approximately 30,000 home inspectors nationwide today. Only about half of the states require any kind of certification or licensing for home inspectors. So how do you know you are recommending the best home inspectors to your clients? ...


Marketing Strategies: How to Attract Your Ideal Client

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you had the power to attract only those clients that you really love to work with? Imagine the joy and satisfaction you’d feel getting up in the morning knowing that your day would ...


Feedback: Some People Can’t Handle the Truth

Are you the type of individual who values sincere feedback and welcomes constructive criticism from customers, associates, and family members? Sometimes getting feedback can be an unpleasant experience, especially when it hasn't been requested! Without timely feedback, it's utterly impossible ...


Pray or Worry…but Don’t Do Both

During a conversation I was having with an agent last week, she mentioned to me that she had to stay at her office late one night recently for a later-evening meeting she had scheduled with a client at her office. ...


One in Five Say It’s a Good Time to Sell

Last month the largest percentage of Americans since the housing bust said they believe it’s a good time to sell a house, according to the latest Fannie Mae National Housing Survey. ...


The Path Forward: Remaining Relevant in a Rapidly Changing Real Estate Environment

Smart phones have replaced laptops as the mobile professional’s primary sales tool. Apps associated with at least one consumer service company display digital home listings with a link to the nearest agent. REALTORS® are increasingly being rated on popular consumer ...


Low Valuation in Appraisals Causing Contract Glitches

The real estate market is recovering but still faces hurdles, notably from tight mortgage credit, but problems with a sizeable share of real estate appraisals also are holding back home sales, according to survey findings by the National Association of ...


Move, Inc. Acquires Relocation.com

Move, Inc. a leader in online real estate, today announced the acquisition of Relocation.com, an online marketplace that connects home buyers and renters with moving and storage professionals. Combining the acquisition with Move's existing Moving.com business, the company significantly strengthens ...


Move Buys Relocation.com for $11.5 Million

Online real estate company Move Inc. has purchased Relocation.com for $11.5 million in cash in order to strengthen its offerings and moving services. ...


Life in Mobile: Google Changes Equal Broker Opportunity

In September, I had the good fortune to attend RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange and, as always, their team, led by John Featherston, put together an absolutely phenomenal event. From start to finish, the day-and-a-half-long agenda kept all those in ...


Homeowners Recover 13.5 Percent of Lost Equity Through Q3

Rising home values have brought homeowner equity to its highest level since the third quarter of 2008 and helped lift 1.3 million families above water. Homeowner equity jumped $406 billion, or 5.9 percent, to $7,275 billion in the second quarter ...


Every Buyer’s Not a Client and Every Seller’s Not a Listing

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article titled, “Family First” that questioned how many people in the real estate industry truly place the needs of their family ahead of their professional ambitions. When I posted this article on ...


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