The 10+ greatest real estate and sales books of all time (IMHO)
Opinion
Here are a plethora must-read books from authors who are willing to help in your ongoing quest for real estate knowledge
by Jay Thompson Jul 28
9 financial tips for new (and not-so-new) agents 
Opinion
Here are some financial tips and techniques that can help you earn more, save more and prepare for eventual retirement
by Jay Thompson Jul 22
Feeling introverted? 7 tips for dealing with people again
Opinion
Here are a few helpful tips for those times when you need to cross over to the extrovert side as you get back out there
by Jay Thompson Jun 23
61 safety tips every real estate agent should read
Opinion
Prevention and avoidance are always better options than dealing directly with any safety-related issue. Don't be afraid, be aware
by Jay Thompson Jun 9
How to build trust with prospective clients
Opinion
Take the time to demonstrate your trustworthiness, constantly work on your listening skills, do the right thing, and remember it's not about you, and you'll find your clients — and yourself — well-rewarded
by Jay Thompson Mar 31
Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or distant? 8 ways to combat burnout
Taking a break helps minimize and prevent burnout, but to truly mitigate it, agents must practice good work-life balance that goes beyond taking a vacay
by Jay Thompson Mar 17
How Google Alerts can help you stay on top of your business
Whether used for reputation management, keeping an eye on the agents you work with or getting an edge on the competition, Google Alerts are invaluable
by Jay Thompson Mar 10
Redfin’s bid to buy RentPath isn’t about rentals
Opinion
Of course, Redfin is making a move into the rental space. The only surprise about this acquisition should be what took so long
by Jay Thompson Mar 3
Century 21 at 50: What’s in store for the brokerage’s golden year
As Century 21 approaches its 50th anniversary this year, the company faces unique challenges when it comes to technology and brand relevance
From critic to fanboy: How this NAR detractor turned
Opinion
Ever wonder what exactly the National Association of Realtors does for you? Here’s how I went from vocal critical blogger to NAR defender
by Jay Thompson Feb 24
Is CoStar a Zillow competitor? Of course it is
Opinion
As CoStar made a huge splash entering residential real estate with the purchase of Homesnap and Houses.com, many questions were left unanswered
by Jay Thompson Feb 10
Ticktock! 8 time-wasters agents should avoid
Opinion
Here’s a look at some of the biggest time-sucks real estate agents are up against in today’s world in hopes that you don't fall into these traps
by Jay Thompson Feb 3
9 questions everyone's asking about Zillow's IDX shift
Opinion
What does Zillow's IDX shift mean for you and your business? Here are the answers to all your lingering questions
by Jay Thompson Jan 29
How to get the most out of Clubhouse
Opinion
People are spending hours a day on Clubhouse. Why? What are they getting from it? Is Clubhouse a useful tool for building businesses or brands? Let’s dig into the invite-only platform so that you can get the most out of your time spent
by Jay Thompson Jan 20
It's not NAR's responsibility to discipline Capitol-storming Realtors
Opinion
Punishing those involved in the Capitol riots falls on the courts, the state departments of licensing and individual brokers, should they choose to
by Jay Thompson Jan 12
What the heck is Clubhouse? Here's the haps on this invite-only app
The iPhone-based app's invite-only and celebrity-endorsed status gives it an air of mystique, which is why people are begging for a way in. Here's what you need to know before giving it a whirl
by Jay Thompson Jan 6
It’s been an insane year — but we can still be thankful
Opinion
This trying year is almost over, and 2021 is around the corner. As tragic and horrific as the year has been, some good can come out of it. Let’s take a look back at 2020 and how we can still give thanks
by Jay Thompson Dec 30
Want to be an agent? 5 truths you should know first
Opinion
If you are an aspiring agent, or know someone who wants to join the ranks, here is a little food for thought on the highs, lows and everything in between
by Jay Thompson Dec 16
Stop the toxicity! 9 tips for avoiding bad behavior online
Opinion
When it comes to the few out there who are always angry, bitter and divisive — flush the toilet, and block them. No one has time or energy for toxic people
by Jay Thompson Dec 2
The DOJ-NAR lawsuit is good for us all
Opinion
These changes don't spell the end of anything. They provide consumers with information. Transparency, protecting your clients' interests and codifying best practices are all good things
by Jay Thompson Nov 20
‘Are the schools good?’ Why agents’ answers need to change
Opinion
Talking about schools can lead to steering — both intentional and unintentional. You must provide the same information on schools to every client, and NAR agrees
by Jay Thompson Nov 18
NAR ethics changes could 'blow up,' but pull the trigger anyway: Panelists
Speakers at Inman Connect Now on Thursday said the trade group should go ahead with changes that would crack down on discriminatory behavior and fix them as the need arises
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 12
7 reasons real estate might not be for you
Opinion
Real estate isn't for everyone, but it's perfect for some. And it can be a remarkable career and life
by Jay Thompson Nov 11
Is Redfin’s job to make money or create positive change?
Opinion
If you think this suit only affects Redfin, think again. It has the potential to impact everyone in this industry
by Jay Thompson Nov 3
Not if but when: Why you should be preparing for commission compression now
Opinion
Consumer behavior, demand and expectations are going to reduce commissions — get ready
by Jay Thompson Oct 29
Choice is good! Why new methods of selling homes are a win-win
Opinion
Although no app is going to replace agents, the concern of disruption in the industry is real. And nothing seems to stoke those fears more than non-traditional ways of buying and selling a home
by Jay Thompson Oct 15