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Homeownership Counseling Helps Keep Modified Loans Current

Just three weeks after Congress restored $40 million in its budget for homeownership counseling, a new study by the Urban Institute reports that counseling greatly increased the ability of homeowners to stay current once they cured a serious delinquency ...


Actions on Housing Policy Will Make or Break Recovery

We have many reasons to be optimistic about housing. Past-due mortgages and foreclosure filings have been trending down in recent months, not to mention inventory is decreasing, interest rates are lower than ever and home prices are stabilizing. But the progress is fragile, and ongoing recovery won’t be helped by ...


7 Marketing Strategies to Maximize the Holidays

Are you wondering how to survive this holiday season? Do you get caught up in the fast pace to the point of stress and exhaustion? ...


Stop Procrastinating; Do It Now!

Whether it's filing your taxes on time, paying your bills, cleaning out the garage, or getting out of bed to exercise, everyone tends to procrastinate once in a while. It has been said that Robinson Crusoe is the only person ...


Builder Confidence Rises for the Third Consecutive Month

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes edged up two points from a downwardly revised number to 21 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for December. This marks a third consecutive ...


10 Simple Steps for Making 2012 a Success

In recent years, it has been hard to ignore all of the negative publicity that has been circulating about the national economy, the stock market and current events. The state of the real estate market in particular has received a ...


Cool Heads Always Prevail: How to Filter out Noise from Substance and Come out a Winner after a Trade Show

Sound, lights, action! The show is on and you’re out to get the best bang for your buck. After all, you’ve dedicated considerable resources for travel, lodging and other expenses to attend one of the most important industry conferences of ...


What Are You Doing to Create Consumer Confidence and Stay Relevant?

Consumer confidence in our industry has plummeted and brokerages of all sizes are having a hard time maintaining their relevance. We need help, and we need it now. So what can the real estate industry learn from Apple and Steve ...


Blueprint for 100 Deals Part 8: Listings – There’s No Second Place

In the world of listings, the silver medal means absolutely nothing. It pays less than nothing. And, in fact, it actually costs you, because of all those wasted hours (and gas for your car, materials for the listing presentation, etc). ...


Legislative and Regulatory Recap – The Year in Review

Editor's Note: The below article, which originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Real Estate magazine, features updated information regarding the National Flood Insurance Program. ...


The Four Cornerstones of Superior Customer Service

The heart of any company can be found beating inside the walls of its customer service department. Providing superior customer service after the sale is a smart business decision that pays long-term dividends. All the money a company spends ...


The 5 Rules of QR Codes

When used correctly, QR, or Quick Response codes, are exactly that—instant, direct and an extremely efficient means of delivering content to a potential consumer. QR codes definitely have the “cool” factor. Unfortunately, for many companies, the use of QR codes ...


How Can Renters Solve the Housing Crisis?

Residential real estate is not rocket science. We know that this housing crisis is: ...


Preserving Hope for Homeowners: EquityLock Extends a Lifeline for Real Estate

These days, it seems that all we hear about are problems. The crisis of the day may vary a bit depending on the network you happen to be watching or newspaper you’re reading, but the theme is basically the same: ...


Blueprint for 100 Deals Part 7: Negotiations – Checkmate

Our whole business is nothing but negotiation. Negotiating with sellers, other agents, or even your own staff…This is what REALTORS® do all day long. ...


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