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Hear It Straight from Top Agents Who Close Online Leads – Oct 30, 2013

There are agents who get large numbers of online leads and successfully convert them to sales. But not every agent has the right systems in place to convert online customers, particularly in great numbers. To address this challenge, realtor.com® has arranged ...


Visual Storytelling: An Eye-catching Approach to Real Estate Marketing

Famous film director and storyteller Frank Darabont once said “Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.” Pretty poignant considering cavemen had primitive tools, little language skills and often made noises and ...


Personal Branding: Conveying Your Message

As a real estate professional, you are energetic, independent, relatable, hardworking, forward thinking, and you have a corner on the market. Right? But what good are these qualities and how you use them if no one knows who you are? Once ...


Ask the Expert: What Do Changes Proposed By Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mean for Real Estate?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Marvin Stone, CFPB Program Manager for Stewart. ...


How to Stage a House on the Cheap

(MCT)--After spending the last five years developing personal projects and rebuilding passive income streams that took a hit during the economic downturn, my husband and I are once again getting the urge for an extended travel experience. We’ve spent these past ...


5 Tips for Independent Contractor Agreements

What should your independent contractor agreements contain? While hiring an independent contractor (as opposed to an employee) may seem like an easier option, drafting a binding agreement is still necessary and can provide you, the employer, with legal protection. ...


Pay Attention to the Big Trends

Brokers are defined by the fire-fighting, multi-tasking nature of their roles, so it’s easy to lose sight of key issues that can potentially shape the landscape of the future. Here are five areas that may warrant special attention: ...


The Key to Success Lies in Ability to Build Relationships

David Cabot has been building his relationships in the real estate industry for over 30 years. In the following interview, the president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties gives us insight into the importance of a lasting connection. ...


Crowdsourcing Part II: Getting Play from Other Social Media Sites

Last time out, we examined how Pinterest was becoming a great way for brokers to get the most out of crowdsourcing, but other social media sites can be just as valuable. ...


How to Draft a Business Franchise Agreement

If your small business is flourishing and you're ready to expand into a franchise, congratulations are definitely in order! But so too are some legal considerations -- especially when it comes to drafting a business franchise agreement. ...


Ask the Expert: How Do You Capitalize on a Bidding War?

Today's Ask the Expert column features Eric Eckardt, the Vice President, Direct to Broker for Hubzu. ...


How Managers Can Get the Best out of People

(MCT)—What are your greatest strengths? What are the greatest strengths of each of your employees? And how can you best manage all of those strengths? ...


Trick or Treat: Five Ways Your Company May Be Scaring Away Innovative Ideas

For most of us, the arrival of Halloween evokes childhood memories of trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, goblins, witches, black cats—and staying up late to watch horror movies like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. ...


Rules for Buying & Selling a “Haunted House”

The laws about disclosing if a house is "haunted" vary from state-to-state. ...


Simple Tips That Can Boost Sellers’ Odds of Attracting Multiple Bids from Buyers

If selling their current home is on the agenda for autumn, homeowners have every reason to be upbeat about the prospects. The six months from April through September of this year have seen the pace of recovery in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market accelerate considerably. There were ...