NAR can't raise the bar — but your broker can
Opinion
NAR is the face of real estate — a nice big target to blame when something needs to be fixed. But here's why it's really up to real estate brokerages to raise their standards
by Teresa Boardman Sep 10
Listing feedback doesn't matter. Stop worrying about it
Opinion
It doesn’t matter how easy it is to provide feedback through technology now — some buyer’s agents are just not going to do it. There isn’t any point in making a big deal out of it. Here's why
by Teresa Boardman Aug 30
Are real estate commissions going down? Not so much
Opinion
If home prices are at an all-time high, how can we say that commissions are going down? Here's what agents might not be noticing when it comes to their commission
by Teresa Boardman Aug 12
New agents: How you handle rejection can make or break you
People have all sorts of reasons for choosing another agent, and rejection is just part of the job. New agents need to understand and learn how to move past this fast. Here's why
by Teresa Boardman Jul 29
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