Detail from promotional poster for "Pocket Listing." Coming soon to a theater near you: 'Pocket Listing'

Coming soon to a theater near you: 'Pocket Listing'

Real estate brokers and agents may have a hard time suspending their disbelief for a satirical thriller soon to hit theaters depicting a "disgraced Los Angeles property broker" (James Jurdi) who's hired by a "mysterious power player" played by Rob Lo...
By Inman News | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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6 ways to destress your real estate transaction

With rising sales prices and very low inventory here in Portland, Oregon, I have been noticing a trend over the past several months of buyers and sellers who are carrying a lot of stress about the sale or purchase of their home. More transactions ...
By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Destress image via Shutterstock. 6 ways to destress your real estate transaction

6 ways to destress your real estate transaction

With rising sales prices and very low inventory here in Portland, Oregon, I have been noticing a trend over the past several months of buyers and sellers who are carrying a lot of stress about the sale or purchase of their home. More transactions ...
By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Bad things can happen to good people even if they are armed

The death of a real estate agent who was murdered on the job led to a raft of articles and emails about apps designed to keep real estate agents safe. Using an app to let friends know where you are ......
By Teresa Boardman | Monday, October 20, 2014
Screen shot of BHHS New England listing on realtor.com with Showcase Listing Enhancements. See a more detailed breakdown of enhanced versus basic realtor.com listings here. New England brokerage will pay to 'enhance' realtor.com listings

New England brokerage will pay to 'enhance' realtor.com listings

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties will pay to “enhance” listings sent to realtor.com by the brokerage’s 1,500 agents in 50 offices across Connecticut and Rhode Island. Realtor.com’s “Showcase Listing...
By Inman News | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Don't write agent safety off as a lost cause

Since my August article on agent safety was published, the conversation on agent safety has unfortunately included the tragic loss of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave a few days after she was killed. Sadly, the ......
By J. Philip Faranda | Friday, October 17, 2014
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17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

Here are 17 real estate success tips from broker-owners Richard and Beth Witt in Long Island, New York, that cover everything from sales to marketing to life planning for real estate agents. ......
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 17, 2014
Success image via Shutterstock. 17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

17 tips to succeed in real estate sales

Here are 17 real estate success tips from broker-owners Richard and Beth Witt in Long Island, New York, that cover everything from sales to marketing to life planning for real estate agents. ......
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 17, 2014
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3 great ways to handle high-maintenance clients

We’ve all had them. You might have one now. That seller who takes your comps, cross-references them, adds in seven more, and builds out a spreadsheet -- complete with formulas -- then wants you to get them into each of the properties so she can poi...
By Trulia Pro Blog | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Luxury buyer image via Shutterstock. 3 great ways to handle high-maintenance clients

3 great ways to handle high-maintenance clients

We’ve all had them. You might have one now. That seller who takes your comps, cross-references them, adds in seven more, and builds out a spreadsheet -- complete with formulas -- then wants you to get them into each of the properties so she can poi...
By Trulia Pro Blog | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Screen shot from ahs.com showing detail of landing page for real estate agents. Home warranties touted as marketing tool for listings

Home warranties touted as marketing tool for listings

American Home Shield is offering three new home warranty “real estate plans” that cover major home appliances and system components during and after a home sale that the company is marketing to sellers and listing agents. Qualified seller...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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6 principles of persuasion every real estate agent should master

Dr. Robert B. Cialdini wrote a book called “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.” It’s one of the most respected books on the subject and used by marketers all around the world ......
By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Influence image via Shutterstock. 6 principles of persuasion every real estate agent should master

6 principles of persuasion every real estate agent should master

Dr. Robert B. Cialdini wrote a book called “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.” It’s one of the most respected books on the subject and used by marketers all around the world ......
By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Leigh Brown says don't just march into a home you're showing as if you own it. Don't just march in there like you own the place

Don't just march in there like you own the place

Don't just march into a home you're showing as if you own it, says Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Leigh Brown and Associates with Re/Max Executive Realty. Remember you're in someone's home -- and what is probably their largest investment -- and act acc...
By Inman News | Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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The great misunderstanding about the fee-for-service business model

Fee-for-service practitioners have the ability to offer premium services equal or better than commissioned agents. If I hear one more “you get what you pay for” comment from the status quo, I am going to vomit. My clients pay me $250 an hour: far...
By Mark Hawkins | Monday, October 13, 2014
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9 trends impacting where foreign homebuyers park their money

What’s trending in the luxury international market? FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation, is an excellent resource whether you serve international clients who purchase in your local market or you play in the bigger international arena ....
By Bernice Ross | Monday, October 13, 2014
leigh_brown_2015 Time to start thinking about next year

Time to start thinking about next year

That's right, it's already time to start thinking about how to make 2015 a great year for you and your clients. Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Leigh Brown and Associates with Re/Max Executive Realty, gets you motivated to work on your business plan for...
By Inman News | Friday, October 10, 2014
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Harnessing the winds of change

By BILL WENDEL The winds of change are blowing again, and calls for change are coming from inside and outside the industry. Have you seen the article this week in Entrepreneur Magazine, “Who will step up and disrupt the real ......
By Inman News | Thursday, October 9, 2014