Lee_Abby_icny2014 Brand or boutique? Agents will base decision on systems and services offered

Brand or boutique? Agents will base decision on systems and services offered

Whether you’re a boutique brokerage operating out of a virtual office or a providing services to agents at a traditional brick-and-mortar location, agents will decide whether or not they want to work for you based on the systems and services ....
By Inman News | 12 hours ago
Tech-enabled agent image via Shutterstock. Internet hasn't changed what defines a great Realtor

Internet hasn't changed what defines a great Realtor

The Internet has not changed what defines a great Realtor. If anything, what the Internet has really done is time-shift the point at which a great agent gets called upon to display their real value. ......
By Jeff Turner | Monday, April 21, 2014
Team image via Shutterstock. Is starting a real estate team right for your business?

Is starting a real estate team right for your business?

At Real Estate Connect, Ben Kinney, who runs one of the most successful real estate teams in the country, claimed, “Real estate teams are the future of real estate.” Whether you agree or disagree, before you go down the path of starting a team ma...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, April 21, 2014
Legal fees image via Shutterstock. Don't like paying E&O fees, title insurance? They're more valuable than you think

Don't like paying E&O fees, title insurance? They're more valuable than you think

Sometimes you do everything right and you still end up in litigation or losing your commission. Attorneys thrive on the fact that it is often cheaper to settle rather than to defend a frivolous lawsuit. On the other hand, sometimes the suit is justif...
By Bernice Ross | Thursday, April 17, 2014
Senior businesswoman image via Shutterstock. Real estate has never attracted young people, so quit worrying about it

Real estate has never attracted young people, so quit worrying about it

According to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent member survey, the median age of Realtors in 2012 was 57, up from 51 in 2007. Just in case anyone forgets the difference between “median” and “average,” that...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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
Gavel image via Shutterstock. Newbie agent sees dark side of HOA assessments, defect disclosure

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
Retro homeownership image via Shutterstock. Can you explain to consumers why brokers are not obsolete?

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