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Staging for Winter Home Sales

Whether you’re buried under several feet of snow (sorry, Boston!) or basking in the sunshine (we’re jealous, Tampa!), selling in the winter offers at least two positives—less competition and new customers. During the winter, most people have taken their listings off ...


5 Marketing Truths for 2015

Is your marketing program on auto-pilot?  Have you settled for “good enough?”  Consumer, media, and marketing trends all change over time and it’s easy to fall behind and lose traction.  When you look at your current program, are you taking these 5 marketing truths into consideration? ...


A Survival Guide for Business Travel

Let’s be honest, being strapped into a tiny seat in a cramped airplane—along with dozens of strangers—35,000 feet above sea level, is nobody’s idea of fun. The Internet is filled with stories of air rage, reclining seat standoffs, and articles with ...


FAA Proposes Rule to Allow Commercial Drone Use for Real Estate

On February 15, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed rules for unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, stating that they should be legally allowed to fly in the United States for business purposes. ...


5 Ways to Avoid Facebook Jail

Considering the amount of time and resources that go into creating and growing a Facebook page, being suddenly caught without it could create a serious problem for your business. In fact, according to ActiveRain and Properties Online, 93 percent of social media traffic ...


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. ...


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