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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

What does President Trump mean for the housing market?

Posted on November 9, 2016 by SusyH

8 ways our new commander-in-chief could affect homeownership for the next 4 years Political pundits around the country were stunned last night when Donald Trump secured enough to votes to beat Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the… Read More

3 claims Realtors should think through carefully

Posted on October 31, 2016 by SusyH

Why 'My services are free to a buyer' and other common statements may not stand up to scrutiny Key Takeaways In agents' conversations with prospects, 'I've got buyers in your area,' 'My services are free to a buyer' and 'It's… Read More

First-Time Millennial Buyers Poised to Revolutionize the Real Estate Market in 2017

Posted on October 26, 2016 by SusyH

You want a real estate revolution? We’ve got you covered: Next year, more than half of all homes will be bought by first-time home buyers, according to an exclusive survey of buyers by realtor.com®. It’s a seismic shift from 2016. And here’s… Read More

Connecticut Home Sales Rise in September

Posted on October 25, 2016 by SusyH

Connecticut REALTORS® reports that single-family residential home sales in Connecticut increased 2.6 percent comparing September 2016 to September 2015. The median sales price of $255,000 reflects a 2 percent increase from this period last year. Median indicates that half the homes… Read More

The 7 Worst Habits Homeowners Need to Break Now

Posted on October 21, 2016 by KathrynO

A date with a glass of wine and your favorite curry dish while watching the latest season of “Orange Is the New Black” may seem like the perfect way to spend your evening — until you hear something alive in… Read More

Agents See Fewer Closing Delays

Posted on October 19, 2016 by SusyH

It’s been a year since new closing rules took effect and real estate agents are seeing fewer closing delays. About 8 percent of transactions are delayed now, down from about 11 percent last year. Agents are also finding it easier… Read More

Replace ‘Aging in Place’ With This Term

Posted on October 18, 2016 by SusyH

Seventy-five percent of boomers recently surveyed say they aren't ready to age in their homes and adopt age-in-place home features, according to Home Advisors’ 2016 Aging in Place Report. Older Americans are “unwilling to prematurely surrender their homes and lives… Read More

New HUD Homes Sales Incentives Are Available

Posted on October 6, 2016 by SusyH

  For Immediate Release: As of October 1st, 2016, The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development officially launched sales incentives for the states included in the HUD Philadelphia Homeownership Center region (Philadelphia HOC) for the purchase and sale… Read More

Connecticut Home Sales Rise in August

Posted on September 21, 2016 by SusyH

Connecticut REALTORS® reports that single-family residential home sales in Connecticut increased 9.1 percent comparing August 2016 to August 2015. The median sales price of $269,900 reflects a 5.0 percent increase from this period last year. Median indicates that half the homes… Read More

Patent Troll to Stop Seeking Fees from Real Estate Industry

Posted on September 19, 2016 by SusyH

In a major victory for real estate, Data Distribution Technologies, LLC—a so-called patent troll that has been demanding patent licensing fees from real estate companies—has agreed to a settlement with the National Association of REALTORS® that will prevent it from… Read More