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You’re Not Too Late! Power Broker Survey Deadline Extended

The deadline to complete RISMedia’s 2015 Power Broker Survey has been extended until Friday, February 20, 2015. The Power Broker Survey is the industry’s most widely read and long-standing ranking of the country’s top real estate brokerage firms. If you haven’t submitted your ...


Company Spotlight: Simplifying the International Home-buying Process

The home-buying process is often a lengthy operation that involves many different gears all turning at once. But when the buying process takes place overseas, the operation is even more involved. From opening up new bank accounts to understanding exchange rates, buying or selling internationally takes research, industry know-how and ...


Six Reasons to Show Your Employees Some Love This Valentine’s Day

When is the last time you told one of your employees, "You mean so much to me!" If it has been a while (or heck, even if it hasn't!), this is a great time of year to show your people how much you care. It's still the beginning of a ...


Business Basics: Don’t Become Jaded

I have a good friend/client named Tom (not his real name) who sold his real estate brokerage a few years ago to focus on other areas of real estate. ...


4 Rules for Hiring and Retaining Your Best Employees

Exorbitant student loans constitute just one reason why young people eager to experience the world may want to reconsider college, says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur. ...


As Leaders, We All Set the Tone

Our industry is filled with capable leaders. Whether you’re a corporate executive, board or association officer, broker, sales agent, business owner or manager at any level, your actions and attitudes help define the way you lead people. It’s an equation you ...


5 Tips to Success for New Agents

The Association of Real Estate License Law Officials estimates that there are nearly 2 million active real estate licensees in the United States, and with new agents hitting the market every day, competition can be fierce. ...


One in Four U.S. Foreclosures Are ‘Zombies’ Vacated by Homeowner

RealtyTrac® recently released its Q1 2015 Zombie Foreclosure Report, which found that as of the end of January 2015, 142,462 homes actively in the foreclosure process had been vacated by the homeowners prior to the bank repossessing the property, representing 25 percent of ...


NAR Power Broker Roundtable: Risk Management—Avoiding Exposure to Lawsuits and Other Dangers

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS®. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. ...


5 Tax-Saving Strategies to Help This Tax Season


Millions of Americans face a challenge in meeting their budgets every month—not just financially, but also in their time budgets, says investment advisor Reid Abedeen. ...


NAR Video Spotlight: 2015 Housing Market Forecast

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® that aims to refresh and educate members about important aspects of being a REALTOR®. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily Real Estate Advisor. ...


Know the Risks of Adding Additional Insureds to Your E&O Insurance Plan

Do you want to share your E&O insurance coverage with a bank or even the government? Most real estate professionals would agree that this does not sound like a good idea. ...


Making Extra Income with Rentals

Every real estate pro knows the importance of getting new listings and finding new clients; it’s the lifeblood of the industry. However, for some savvy agents looking to make a little more income, getting involved in rental properties has been the secret to ...


Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Regulator Defends 3 Percent Down Payment Mortgages

(TNS)—The regulator for bailed-out housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lawmakers Tuesday that new programs to back mortgages with down payments as low as 3 percent had enough safeguards to make them as safe as loans with higher down payments. ...


3 Surefire Ways to Attract Younger Buyers

It’s no secret in the real estate world that young men and women between the ages of 24-32 (aka the Millennial Generation) are one of the most important segments for a real estate agent to target. In fact, a recent report by Nielsen ...


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