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3 Power Scripts for Inexperienced Agents

Posted on January 19, 2017 by SusyH

When you’re new to real estate, prospective clients may question whether you have the skill to represent them. These scripts emphasize your drive and work ethic over transaction history and will help put clients’ minds at ease. New agents don’t… Read More

A real estate agent’s guide to tax deductions

Posted on January 13, 2017 by SusyH

10 Steps for agents to get the most from their tax returns Key Takeaways Preparation and tax code knowledge defines which expenses are permitted in quarterly and year-end taxes. Monitoring expenses such as vehicle depreciation and home working spaces can… Read More

FHA opens door to homeownership for more borrowers

Posted on January 9, 2017 by SusyH

FHA says premium cut will save FHA borrowers $500 a year on average BY TEKE WIGGIN Inman Staff Writer Key Takeaways The FHA will reduce the annual mortgage insurance premium most FHA borrowers pay by a quarter of a percentage point starting… Read More

So, you want to be unemployed? 7 tips for aspiring entrepreneurs

Posted on January 6, 2017 by SusyH

Lessons Gained From Starting My Own Brokerage Key Takeaways You will be ripped off; the market will adapt; never stop improving. Fall in love with your customers and consider them clients for life. Sooner or later, your venture will require… Read More

Big Challenges, Yet Hopeful 2017 Outlook for CT

Posted on January 3, 2017 by SusyH

Connecticut has great economic potential. Our base of industry in manufacturing, financial services and bioscience is one any state wishes it had. A recent survey revealed ongoing concerns from business leaders about the state economy’s modest growth.       … Read More

When should you start and grow a real estate team?

Posted on December 29, 2016 by SusyH

Advice from an interview with top-producing Realtor Karen Blevins BY KYLE DRAPER Key Takeaways Top-producing Realtor Karen Blevins does all the selling. Her team does everything else to make that possible. Hire your assistant first. That person can handle all the… Read More

Survey: Higher Rates Don’t Scare Buyers

Posted on December 28, 2016 by SusyH

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2016 Despite mortgage rates reaching a two-year high last week, home buyers say the increases aren't scaring them away from their real estate search, according to a new Redfin survey. Only 2.6… Read More

Introducing the Inman Person of the Year

Posted on December 22, 2016 by SusyH

Everyday REALTOR® honored for unwavering optimism, fortitude and determination Brad Inman: My wife Yaz and I recently attended a real estate conference where I noticed her being more perky in public than normal. I asked her what was going on and she… Read More

Redfin’s Seven Housing Predictions for 2017

Posted on December 20, 2016 by SusyH

Heading into 2017, Redfin data scientists and thought leaders put their heads together to predict what the housing market has in store for the new year, under a new president. The Trump administration ushers in three major policies that could… Read More

Brad Inman’s crystal ball: Real estate predictions for 2017

Posted on December 14, 2016 by SusyH

The year of the homeseller, a female CEO of NAR and more Here were my predictions for 2016. Here are my predicitons for 2017. 2017 will be the year of the homeseller The most profound real estate technology innovations in the last two… Read More

4 Opportunities to Showcase Exceptional Customer Service

Posted on December 6, 2016 by SusyH

How to turn your happy clients into raving fans! Key Takeaways Pick one system today to implement and add to your business. When a client or prospect reaches out, be sure to listen. It sounds simple but is so often… Read More

Connecticut Median Home Prices Rise in October

Posted on November 23, 2016 by SusyH

Connecticut REALTORS® reports that the single-family residential home median sales price is $247,000 which reflects a 3.3 percent increase from $239,000 in that same time period last year. Median indicates that half the homes sold for more and half for… Read More

Trust Stamp, a safety tool for real estate agents, nabs NAR funding

Posted on November 17, 2016 by SusyH

Trust Stamp lets agents verify identities, get 'trustworthiness' scores of strangers Key Takeaways The startup combines driver’s license analysis and "proof-of-liveness photographic identification techniques" with social media data and public records, including criminal and sex offender records, to verify a… Read More

NAR: Why election day was a good day for Realtors

Posted on November 14, 2016 by SusyH

Trade group won vast majority of races it supported, but Realtor issues remain at risk Key Takeaways The National Association of Realtors won more than 90 percent of the federal, state and local races it supported this election round. The… Read More

How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact Real Estate

Posted on November 11, 2016 by KathrynO

How will the real estate market be impacted by Donald Trump’s victory and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress? Though Mr. Trump is a real estate man, his policy platform has been largely vague on real estate proposals.  Read more...… Read More