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More Market Turnaround Evidence: Foreclosures Down in October

(MCT)—The number of homes in foreclosure dropped in October from the previous month and was down 9 percent for the year as the housing market showed signs of improvement. ...


You Don’t Make Money on Your Sphere of Influence

I was speaking at a conference recently where I heard a fellow speaker, Jim Marks, make an interesting comment from the stage. He said you don’t make money on your sphere of influence. At first I was caught off guard and ...


The Consumer’s Search for Excellence

Twenty speaking events in the last 45 days has created not only a lot of SkyMiles, but has given me the opportunity to have at least twenty real estate-related conversations while flying between events. As I began this series of ...


Speak up: Resolve to Advocate for Your Clients, Your Industry and Yourself in 2013

At year end, many of us make resolutions for the upcoming year. I have one I’d urge you put atop your professional list: Speak up. By that I mean, be an advocate for the issues that affect accredited buyers’ representatives ...


Consumer-Centric Search Options Change the Typical House Hunt

To give today’s buyers what they want in a home, you must first understand what they want in a location. Coldwell Banker’s new “Best Places to Live” campaign is pioneering a new lifestyle-based style of home searching, highlighting the idea ...


Be Thankful, but Don’t Slow Down

What a bumpy ride we’ve had over the past five years. But we seem to be building some upward momentum. Markets change over time, and it’s good to see more than a year’s worth of progress in many key areas ...


Making Money Is Not Difficult…It’s Different

A couple of weeks ago, I was speaking to an audience and as I was coming to a close, I made the statement, “Making money is not difficult… it’s different.” I could tell that this sentence was for some in the ...


Unique Real Estate Video Trends to Incorporate into Your 2013 Strategy

Real estate professionals, brokerages and brands are embracing video now more than ever before. With the New Year fast approaching, now is the time to ask yourself, “How do we implement a winning video strategy in 2013?” To help you ...


Helping to Move the Industry Forward

A 35-year veteran of the real estate business, Gary Thomas—broker/owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif.—has experienced the ups and downs of the industry and thrived through many a market. Throughout it all, Thomas has held steadfast to the ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in October with Ongoing Price and Equity Gains

Sales of existing homes increased in October, even with some regional impact from Hurricane Sandy, while home prices continued to rise due to lower levels of inventory supply, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Builder Confidence Hits Highest Point since 2006

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes posted a solid, five-point gain to 46 on the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index (HMI) for November. This marks the seventh consecutive monthly gain in the confidence ...


Existing-Home Sales Rise in October with Ongoing Price and Equity Gains

Sales of existing homes increased in October, even with some regional impact from Hurricane Sandy, while home prices continued to rise due to lower levels of inventory supply, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


Marketing Strategies: Are You a Salesperson or Are You a Service Person?

When you are doing your real estate business, do you feel more like a "salesperson" or more like a “service person”? What do you think the difference is for your business? Do you think it makes any difference at all? ...


The Black Friday Bargain: Start Planning the Home Remodel of Your Dreams

With the holidays (and associated chaos) fast approaching, you probably aren’t putting much thought into home improvement—except, perhaps, to grumble about the fact that you’ll have to cook another Thanksgiving meal in your outdated kitchen, or to wish that you ...


Growing Your Business through Education

Knowledge is power. By expanding your real estate knowledge and keeping at the forefront of what’s next, you and your agents will stand apart from the crowd in today’s competitive marketplace. NAR offers extensive resources to help you continue to ...


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