Outside of the news realm, this year’s top stories written by industry professionals ranged in topic from making an exit to reviving deals to educating clients on the right way.

With venture capital flowing into real estate like never before, iBuyers popping up all over the country and fast-growing brokerages on recruiting sprees, it’s no wonder our top contributed stories for 2019 are by brokers rethinking business models, teams reconsidering their place and agents re-evaluating their techniques.

Here are this year’s biggest stories, contributed by industry professionals.

1. 5 outdated seller beliefs agents should debunk

The success of HGTV and the plethora of online information has shifted the ground rules of real estate sales


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Any seller who has not sold a home in the past five years is in for a shock: Everything they thought they knew about selling a home has changed. Sellers who do not understand the new rules of engagement can easily make costly mistakes and jeopardize their chances of a sale. Here are five truths you should share with sellers.

2. 9 ways to revive a stale listing without another price reduction

These measures are inexpensive and not terribly time-consuming, but they’ll go along way in resuscitating your listing and keeping your sellers happy


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As a listing agent, you’ve probably had that listing that seemed great but then just wouldn’t sell. Here are nine things you can do in that situation — other than lower the price — to bring that listing back to life.

3. 7 signs an agent is preparing to leave your brokerage

Agents who are planning to leave often exhibit a few red flags. Here’s what you should look for


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How can you tell if an agent is looking to exit your firm? Here are seven warning signs to look out for, and what to do if you spot them.

4. Why agent-centric is the wrong way

Integrity first, client first — do that, and the agent piece of the puzzle falls into place naturally


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As more and more brokerages are touting an agent-centric philosophy, indie broker Erica Ramus strongly believes it’s the wrong approach. Here’s why.

5. WATCH: Bravo star Tracy Tutor curses host, cuts interview short

In this recent video interview, the ‘Million Dollar Listing LA’ star gives us a lesson in how not to act as an agent


In this recent video interview, the Million Dollar Listing LA star gives us a lesson in how not to act as an agent. When asked about her average sales price, her response was unlike anything I’ve experienced in all my years as a podcast host.

6. 5 reasons we jumped the KW ship for eXp

The Ellis Team was with KW for nearly 2 years and RE/MAX for nearly 18 before that. Now they are betting against franchises for their group — here’s why


The Ellis Team was with KW for two years and RE/MAX for nearly 18 before that. Now they are betting against franchises entirely. Here’s why leaders Rick and Tracy Ellis decided to make the move to a virtual brokerage in the name of expansion.

7. 5 text messages to restart a conversation with clients

Has that lead gone radio silent? Have your buyers seemingly given up? Here are some smart text message ideas for getting the conversation flowing again


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How can you use smart text messaging to help you connect with a lead or client who has chilled? Here are some reader favorites to help you get back in the flow of communication.

8. 9 unreasonable repair requests your buyers should skip

Sellers are far more likely to agree to a $300 credit, than replace 30 $10 items, so use safety or failure of an expensive system as your guide


Educating buyers and setting expectations from the beginning is critical for successful repair negotiations. Buyers cannot understand which repairs are necessary and which might annoy the seller enough for the deal to shatter without the guidance of a real estate agent.

9. Sellers: Don’t even think about listing till you answer these 10 questions

Get a lot of calls from owners looking to sell who don’t really grasp all the ins and outs of putting a home on the market? Try posing these quandaries to help educate them


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There are a ton of issues sellers need to consider before sticking that for-sale sign in the yard. As agents, if you get a lot of calls from wannabe sellers looking to simply plop their house on the market, here are 10 questions (with answers) that you can share with them for a dose of truth about selling.

10. New to real estate? Make these 8 things your first-year’s mission

Learn to be the best agent in your market place, dominate the competition and watch your closings and commission soar to near unlimited heights


What does a new agent need to do regularly to succeed, grow and be profitable in their business and beyond? Here’s a list of the major things that new agents must do to prosper and succeed in their first year.

Which Inman stories brought the most value to your business this year? Please share in the comments section below.

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