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New Survey Finds Like-Kind Exchanges Promote Job, Economic Growth

Real estate like-kind exchanges are an important vehicle for disposing of and acquiring properties, and support the nation’s financial growth, job creation and economy, according to a new report from the National Association of REALTORS®. ...


How to Write a Social Media Bio: 5 Tips for Real Estate Professionals

No one likes writing social media bios. Summing up the wonderful, complex individual that you are in just a few strategically selected words? That sounds fun...NOT! ...


Open Houses: Powerful or Pointless?

When properly executed, open houses can be one of the best marketing tactics in real estate, not only for listings, but also for agents' personal branding. However, their usefulness is often a polarizing topic; some find power and practicality in open houses, while ...


Key Social Media Tactics to Boost Real Estate Sales

As real estate professionals, we know that the proper implementation of social media technology is beneficial for marketing our businesses. Many times, however, we don't know how to use social media effectively and give up in frustration when we don't see immediate results. ...


RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum: Leading by Example

Part of our role as real estate professionals is to get out there and network and find other thought leaders with whom we can share and learn from,” says John Featherston during RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum in Washington, D.C., this past May. “And ...


How to Make Home Photos Stand Out

Almost all house searches now begin online, so the quality of real estate photographs is critical when it comes to selling. Yet many home sellers make mistakes when it comes to photographing and staging their own homes that can cause buyers to skip over them. Real estate expert and consumer advocate ...


Millennials Think Happy Housing Thoughts, Study Shows

Realtor.com® recently revealed that millennials have become more positive when it comes to taking the plunge into homeownership and are primed to gain market share in the second half of the year, based on the results of its consumer ...


Generate More Seller Leads in Three Easy Steps

Finding new prospects is the lifeblood of any real estate practice. Along with converting prospects to clients, lead generation is probably the most profitable task you can factor into your schedule. It’s not an understatement to say ...


‘Twitter’ Those Thumbs to Sell More Real Estate

With Twitter overtaking LinkedIn as the number one social network for salespeople, most real estate agents know that a strong presence on Twitter can boost their sales. However, few know how to use Twitter effectively to sell more real estate. ...


Spotlight: A Masterful Time-saving Resource for REALTORS

In today’s real estate landscape, agents and brokers have an abundance of tools at their disposal to help them stay competitive in their marketplace. From smartphone apps and devices, to Internet news services and local MLSs, the influx of information directed toward agents nowadays can be overwhelming to say the ...


CFPB Delays ‘Know Before You Owe’ Rule again for a Saturday Launch

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Wednesday issued a proposed amendment to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule, which proposes to move the rule’s effective date to October 3, 2015, two days later than its most recent proposal to extend the effective date to October 1, 2015. ...


Court Works to Fight Housing Discrimination

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court made big moves for fair housing, ruling that the 1968 Fair Housing Act encompasses claims of unintentional discrimination through disparate impact, making the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs liable for how it allocated low-income housing tax credits. ...


5 Ways Content Gives Way to More Sales

Despite the continuous cycle that drives housing, there’s one commodity, arguably more valuable than any other, which remains impervious to the ebbs and flows of the market, relentlessly in demand while in an ever-present glut: information. ...


Identifying Leaders

If two heads are better than one, think of how incredible four or five heads would be. As a successful entrepreneur you are no doubt terrific at what you do but do you find you are doing too ...


CFPB Announces Two-Month Pushback of TRID Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week a proposal to push back the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which combines two mortgage disclosure regimes into one. The new date is set for October 1. The rule, originally set to go ...


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