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Home Sales Soar, Consumer Confidence Returns—Multiple Offers and Demand for Advice Powers REALTORS’® Value

The more than 100 major real estate brokers who attended RISMedia’s Mid-Year Power Broker Forum earlier this month virtually all reported first quarter gains in transactions and dollar volume from 2012. Consumer confidence combined with near historic low mortgage interest rates ...


Why We Choose Safety over Excellence (and How to Reprogram)

Brett is over the moon. He has just received a long-awaited promotion and with it the opportunity to present to his firm’s key clients. But his excitement is short-lived: In almost every client meeting, he freezes up and stumbles over the ...


6 Steps Brokers Must Take to Protect Their Role in the Real Estate Transaction

For many brokers and agents, worry is mounting that popular real estate listing portals will do to the real estate business what Expedia did to travel agents—that is, make their business model and role obsolete. The fear that keeps some brokers ...


Extended Warranties Gain Momentum as Home Prices Increase

As home prices begin to rebound – as much as 9.7 percent this year by some estimates – more home sellers are purchasing extended home warranties (also called service contracts) to give themselves a competitive edge. ...


Questions to Answer before Your Next Redesign

Why is it that website redesigns with the best intentions always seem to find a way to go awry? ...


The ‘Mobile First’ Mentality

We’ve all heard of the ‘mobile first’ mentality, persisted by quotes from tech giants such as Dr. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, who said, “If you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a future strategy.” We ...


Carrington Real Estate Services REfueling Real Estate Careers

Standing out in the real estate market can be tough. In an industry that bears—fair or not—a reputation for being overcrowded and somewhat cookie cutter in nature, achieving a sustainable level of success requires tangible differentiation, a certain amount of boldness, ...


The Future of Mortgages

The current trend in real estate has been quite positive. For an extended period of time, we have seen pretty consistent growth in sales and home prices. After years of dealing with poor market conditions, we are all breathing a sigh ...


Immigration Reform Could Generate $500 Billion in New Real Estate Transactions

If current legislation that creates a path to legalization for 11 million undocumented immigrants is passed, the nation’s Hispanic real estate leaders estimate that it would create a new pool of 3 million homeowners and pump more than $500 billion in sales, ...


Appraisal Institute: How Landscaping Can Impact Home Values

The Appraisal Institute recently advised homeowners to properly maintain their landscaping, which can significantly affect property values. ...


Short Sale Approval and Valuation Issues Continue to Impact Housing Market

Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have implemented policies to expedite the short sales process, including new resources to help determine property values, according to panelists at a property ...


Mid-Year Goal Setting and Business Planning – In Less than 5 Minutes

Now is a perfect time to reassess and calculate what you need to do to get your goals on track! As we move towards mid-year, it’s time to put pen to paper about what is working (and what isn’t). A ...


April realtor.com® Report Shows Housing Recovery Accelerating

Realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc., released its April data showing that the U.S. housing market is on its way to a broad-based recovery, an accelerated trend since March. The home-buying season shifted into high gear ...


REALTORS® Bring Public Policy Priorities to Capitol Hill

REALTORS® from across the nation will be meeting with regulators, lawmakers and industry leaders in Washington this week to address critical real estate issues affecting individuals, communities, and the nation as the REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo ...


Relationship Mastery

The No. 1, most important asset we have in our real estate arsenal is our relationships. Perhaps it will feel a bit redundant for me to remind you how important it is to work on your sphere of influence, but what ...


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