huffington_arianna_2_ICNY2014 It's only when we give something all of our attention that magic happens

It's only when we give something all of our attention that magic happens

Think you’re accomplishing a lot when you’re firing off work emails while you’re hanging out with your kids? Don’t kid yourself, says Arianna Huffington, chairwoman, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group...
By Inman News | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Splitting image via Shutterstock. Re/Max Prestige rebrands as Laer Realty Partners

Re/Max Prestige rebrands as Laer Realty Partners

The owners of a large Boston-based brokerage, Re/Max Prestige, have abruptly ended the firm’s affiliation with franchisor Re/Max Holdings, rebranding their 14 offices and 280 agents as Laer Realty Partners. Announced today, the launch of the ne...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, April 14, 2014
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Newbie agent sees dark side of HOA assessments, defect disclosure

Have you ever been caught in the crossfire of litigation? When I first started in the business I had a run of bad luck that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. If you have ever wondered why being paranoid about doing things right matters is a smart move, re...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, April 14, 2014
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Can you explain to consumers why brokers are not obsolete?

The real estate industry is no stranger to being on the defensive. A recent editorial in Forbes, titled “Are Real Estate Brokers Obsolete?” was yet another example of what is becoming a niche industry in business blogging and journalism &...
By Bret Calltharp | Friday, April 11, 2014
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Pitfalls of pocket listings for buyers and sellers

The idea of selling a home without ever listing it can be appealing to many. Similarly, ringing the doorbell on the “perfect home” and finding an owner willing to sell can put a broad smile on a buyer’s face. The ......
By Hank Miller | Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Dream homes image via Shutterstock. Silly buyer, the Internet is for sellers and real estate agents!

Silly buyer, the Internet is for sellers and real estate agents!

Last week one of my clients asked to see a property she’d found on Zillow. I looked it up, and it was listed as a for-sale-by-owner. The details stated that the owner would work with real estate agents. I clicked ......
By Teresa Boardman | Monday, April 7, 2014
Older real estate agent image via Shutterstock. Speak 'digital' to better serve Gen Next buyers

Speak 'digital' to better serve Gen Next buyers

The median age of Realtors is 57, whereas the median age of first-time buyers is 34. If you want to effectively serve “next-gen” buyers and sellers, it’s imperative that you learn to speak “digital.” ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, April 7, 2014
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An open letter to anyone wanting to get their real estate license

Several times a year I am approached by people who want to become a Realtor. Many of them think it's a great way to supplement their income while they keep their day job. A lot of others are interested in a career change. I decided to type this blog ...
By ActiveRain | Friday, April 4, 2014
Screen shot of Dream Town's LGBT division site. Chicago brokerage launches LGBT division

Chicago brokerage launches LGBT division

Dream Town Realty has launched what it says is the first U.S. broker division tailored to consumers who identify as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The division is designed to provide resources to LGBT consumers and ...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, April 3, 2014
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5 inexpensive ways to generate real estate leads

Are you paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars for your lead generation? If you would like to reduce your ad spend while increasing the number of high-quality leads that you generate, it’s much easier than you realize if you know where to loo...
By Bernice Ross | Thursday, April 3, 2014
Decker_Olivia_ICNY_2014 Learning the real estate ropes in a foreign country

Learning the real estate ropes in a foreign country

Olivia Decker, founder and co-owner of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty, was born in China and grew up in Asia. But she learned the business of real estate buying and selling properties as an investor in Italy, France and London. ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, April 2, 2014
REMAX_Logo Re/Max raises dues for agents, franchisees

Re/Max raises dues for agents, franchisees

On Jan. 1, Re/Max increased the annual dues its agents in the U.S. and Canada pay to affiliate with the brand and the monthly per-agent fees affiliated brokerages in U.S. company-owned master franchise regions pay the franchisor. After holding steady...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Focus image via Shutterstock. The power of single focus can set your real estate business on fire

The power of single focus can set your real estate business on fire

The renowned 20th-century inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller once said, “Environment is stronger than will.” If you have ever set a goal and then experienced the people around you undermining your progress towards that goal, you kn...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, March 31, 2014
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Your Facebook friends are not as real as you might think

This may come as a shock to some who read my Facebook updates, but my family isn’t really perfect. I more or less invented my perfect family a few years ago, and I write about them on Facebook. I have ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, March 27, 2014
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What to do when seller insists, 'Zillow says my house is worth more!'

You’re on a listing appointment, and you know where the property should be priced. But when you share your CMA with the sellers, they say, “Zillow says our house is worth more!” There’s an easy way to win this pricing ......
By Bernice Ross | Thursday, March 27, 2014
Kinney_Ben_ICNY_2014 Build your real estate team on a system, and consistent process

Build your real estate team on a system, and consistent process

Ben Kinney, operating principal, Keller Williams Realty, offers tips on "How to Build Real Estate Teams" -- it all starts with a system, and a consistent process ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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4 signs you may be a real estate rainmaker

If you’re an agent who would like to be the rainmaker for a team of agents or if you’re aspiring to become a top producer, your behavioral profile and your values will strongly influence how easy or difficult it is for you to succeed. Do you fit ...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, March 24, 2014
Honolulu image via Shutterstock. Coldwell Banker linking San Francisco, Hawaii markets

Coldwell Banker linking San Francisco, Hawaii markets

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has named Mike James president of the company’s San Francisco Bay Area region, where he will oversee the operations of 46 offices and more than 3,000 affiliated sales associates in the Bay Area. James will cont...
By Inman News | Friday, March 21, 2014