What I wish I'd known before starting real estate
Opinion
Working on a commission-only basis isn’t without risk. The biggest part of the job is looking for work each day. Here are the lessons this broker wishes she'd known before jumping in
by Teresa Boardman Jul 1
Does your advertising paint a true picture?
Opinion
In real estate, transparency should matter. However, there's a lot of self-promotional marketing in the industry that falls firmly in the gray areas between truth and fiction
by Teresa Boardman Jun 17
Why office exclusives are not a good look for the industry
Opinion
Here's why the concepts of office exclusives, designated agency and double-dipping are a big no-no to this broker
by Teresa Boardman Jun 3
Sorting through pandemic predictions: What held true?
Opinion
With the pandemic winding down in most parts of the country, one broker-owner is looking back at some assumptions made about real estate last year. Which predictions were untrue, and which were right on the money?
by Teresa Boardman May 6
5 common tech mistakes that could be costing you
When it comes to the technology that powers your business, it's all about what's new and next, but it's important to remember the basics to avoid common mistakes that could be costing you big time
by Teresa Boardman Apr 8
How to successfully work with clients who eschew technology
In a high-tech digital world, the basics of low-tech analog customer service still matter, especially when dealing with buyers and sellers who don't use smartphones or email
by Teresa Boardman Mar 25
The 'my' agent: How this approach can hamper a transaction
Opinion
Work in real estate sales long enough, and you'll cross paths with a host of different personalities, both good and bad. But there's one type of agent this broker-owner struggles with — those who let transactions revolve entirely around them
by Teresa Boardman Mar 11
Why 'higher' standard doesn't mean 'highest' standard
Opinion
Yes, the NAR Code of Ethics is a higher standard — but it isn’t the highest standard. Here's what one broker thinks about self-policing among Realtors and the consequences of ethics violations
by Teresa Boardman Jan 28
What NAR can do better to support fair housing in 2021
Opinion
More education for members and changes to the code of ethics is certainly a great start, but there's more that can be done. Here, one broker weighs in on what NAR can do to prevent future discrimination and promote fair housing
by Teresa Boardman Dec 31