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Teddy Llovet / Flickr.com 5 steps to making a lasting impression at your next listing appointment

5 steps to making a lasting impression at your next listing appointment

Making a great impression at a listing appointment isn't just about sharing your successful track record and providing a thoughtful comparable analysis. It's also about showing the seller that you are an expert who they can rely on to make their sale...
By Heather Sittig Jackson | 7 hours ago
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Linda O'Koniewski: 'We've been trying to act more like therapists and educators than sales representatives'

The Re/Max agent talks about Zen, technology and which agents she thinks are "poisoning" the real estate business for the rest of the industry ......
By Inman | 8 hours ago
SpeedKingz / Shutterstock.com The ins and outs of home inspections

The ins and outs of home inspections

A home inspection is a vital part of the home-buying process. Some potential buyers tend to view home inspections as something that is not necessary or too expensive. But home inspections can save buyers time and money in the long run. Here are some ...
By Linda Mossman | 8 hours ago
Indie-Broker_Pat-Kelly Pat Kelly: 'We are able to position ourselves as the anti-franchise'

Pat Kelly: 'We are able to position ourselves as the anti-franchise'

"We can easily adapt our marketing messages and refer business where we want," says Kelly. "We are able to position ourselves as the anti-franchise -- a truly local company with deep and committed roots in and to the community." ......
By Inman | 9 hours ago
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5 CFPB facts agents must know

Real estate agents often are not sure where to direct their clients for genuine help when an inaccurate adverse credit reporting clouds a real estate transaction ......
By Nabil Captan | 9 hours ago
Dejan Stanic Micko / Shutterstock.com Zillow listing metrics now baked into popular MLS tool

Zillow listing metrics now baked into popular MLS tool

On April 8, the 6,000 members of the northern Colorado-based multiple listing service Information and Real Estate Services LLC were the first MLS members able to use the free, popular listing-performance monitoring tool ListTrac with metrics from ...
By Paul Hagey | 16 hours ago
Andrew Zarivny / Shutterstock.com 17 markets where rents are booming

17 markets where rents are booming

The U.S. multifamily sector experienced a 5 percent rise in effective rent growth year over year in April and a 2.7 percent increase in rents since the beginning of this year. This overall growth can mainly be attributed to a ......
By Erik Pisor | 17 hours ago
Pincasso / Shutterstock.com Multifamily construction materials fluctuate in price

Multifamily construction materials fluctuate in price

Entering 2015, owners, developers, and managers eyeing significant redevelopment projects at existing properties braced for a 5 percent or greater rise in overall construction material costs. Nearly halfway through the year, a trio of widely used mat...
By Erik Pisor | 17 hours ago
sl_photo / Shutterstock.com 17 arsenals of real estate apps: gallery

17 arsenals of real estate apps: gallery

No fewer than 45 apps appear in the "real estate" and "productivity" folders of Todd Pearl's iPhone. And that excludes three other apps that the real estate agent regularly uses on the job: Evernote, TripLog and eKEY. Those tools show up on his smart...
By Teke Wiggin | 20 hours ago
alvindom / Shutterstock.com Leave an impression with client communication techniques

Leave an impression with client communication techniques

We’ve talked about dressing the part and not looking like you just rolled out of bed, but what about how you handle yourself aside from your appearance? The way you communicate, look others in the eye and empower them to purchase or sell homes is i...
By Jennifer Riner | 20 hours ago
Gajus / Shutterstock.com Mortgage lenders warm up to e-signatures

Mortgage lenders warm up to e-signatures

In the wake of increased regulatory oversight, economic pressures and shifting customer expectations, mortgage lenders are adopting electronic signatures — a development that agents, brokers and their clients may view with relief. The change is...
By Amy Swinderman | 21 hours ago
Kostas Koutsaftikis / Shutterstock.com Agents, to attract LGBT clients, focus on reputation

Agents, to attract LGBT clients, focus on reputation

People in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, while psyched about the investment benefits that come with homeownership, are concerned about discrimination in their real estate deals, according to the results of an online survey re...
By Paul Hagey | 21 hours ago
Barone Firenze / Shutterstock.com Facebook could bring 'telepresence' to real estate

Facebook could bring 'telepresence' to real estate

Facebook-owned Oculus VR, a maker of virtual reality headgear that will let prospective buyers explore 3-D models of homes, has purchased Surreal Vision, a startup that focuses on “real-time 3-D scene reconstruction,” according to a ...
By Teke Wiggin | 23 hours ago
image bird / Shutterstock.com Real estate marketing is moving online in Pakistan

Real estate marketing is moving online in Pakistan

In Pakistan, there is now over 30 million Internet users and 15 million smartphone users. In fact, recent statistics showed a staggering growth of over 550 percent between September 2014 and April of this year, with the total number of 3G subscribers...
By Saad Arshed | 23 hours ago
Anastasiia Makarova / Shutterstock.com Infographic: How to sell a house

Infographic: How to sell a house

Nine steps to successfully selling a home the professional way. ......
By Melinda Goodwin | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
dibrova / Shutterstock.com Texas newspapers tap Placester to power real estate sections

Texas newspapers tap Placester to power real estate sections

Newspapers covering all the major metro areas of Texas have adopted a listing search platform powered by Placester — a move that could help them earn revenue through agent advertising. Placester, a provider of agent and broker websites, has ...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Peter Bernik / Shutterstock.com Stop zooming and pinching marketing emails -- get responsive design

Stop zooming and pinching marketing emails -- get responsive design

Have you tried to open an email on your phone, only to realize it's too difficult to see because it's in a tiny font? You spend the next few minutes pinching and zooming with your fingers, trying to enlarge the text so you can read it and see the ima...
By Eric Krattenstein | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
FooTToo / Shutterstock.com Why lending standards won't get better

Why lending standards won't get better

Of all the players still on the field today -- lenders, politicians, regulators, brokers, GSEs -- young homebuyers are the only innocent ones. They were in high school or grammar school when the bubble burst, and today's first-time buyers are paying ...
By Steve Cook | Wednesday, May 27, 2015