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Posted on July 19, 2019 by SusyH

Thinking about becoming a Real Estate agent?  Find information about ECAR's pre-licensing school or call our office at 860-892-2595.  Jump in a Saturday class, or plan for a fall evening class!  In the meantime, this article will help you decide if this career… Read More

Sellers: Don’t even think about listing till you answer these 10 questions

Posted on June 25, 2019 by SusyH

Get a lot of calls from owners looking to sell who don't really grasp all the ins and outs of putting a home on the market? Try posing these quandaries to help educate them BYNICOLE SOLARI Based on a number… Read More

Bombshell lawsuit takes a new turn (BY ANDREA V. BRAMBILA)

Posted on June 18, 2019 by SusyH

The major class-action lawsuit against NAR, Realogy, KW, RE/MAX, HomeServices of America and more has been amended to include new plaintiffs and new, more detailed accusations BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA The class action lawsuit that could upend the U.S. real estate industry by… Read More

Feds warn of 1,100% rise in real estate phishing scams

Posted on June 7, 2019 by SusyH

In 2017, scammers intercepted $1B in transactions BY JIM DALRYMPLE The downpayment on a house is the largest single sum of money many people spend in their lifetimes, and now the feds have a stark warning for would-be homebuyers: Watch yourself,… Read More

The future of real estate: A consumer model

Posted on June 3, 2019 by SusyH

Here are the predictions influential real estate professionals made at Disconnect 2019 BYBRAD INMAN A select group of influential real estate professionals gathered in April in the desert of Palm Springs for the 2019 edition of Inman Disconnect. They wrestled with… Read More

‘Millennials should not buy homes’ and other lies consumers fall for

Posted on May 28, 2019 by SusyH

Here’s how we fix this: Post once a week on your social media accounts about different programs that help buyers and sellers By Lee Davenport I recently had the privilege of attending a social media conference and heard some jaw-dropping insights.… Read More

Realtors’ median income grows 5%

Posted on May 14, 2019 by SusyH

More women have also joined the industry, according to NAR data Email Veronika Bondarenko If you’re a Realtor, there is cause to celebrate: The median income for the profession grew by 5 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the National Association… Read More

Zillow will buy and sell homes in LA, Austin, San Diego and more

Posted on May 10, 2019 by SusyH

Zillow Offers is expanding to 6 more markets nationwide for a planned total of 20 by early next year BYPATRICK KEARNS Real estate tech giant Zillow announced on Thursday it’s expanding its direct-to-consumer online homebuying and selling platform known as Zillow Offers to Austin, Los Angeles,… Read More

Existing-home sales declined in March after rebound in February

Posted on April 23, 2019 by SusyH

Existing-home sales fell 4.9%, according to NAR data BYVERONIKA BONDARENKO Existing-home sales fell 4.9 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). After a small rebound in February, the total… Read More

7 reasons pre-listing inspections are an absolute must

Posted on April 17, 2019 by SusyH

Just as a buyer needs to do their due diligence, a seller needs to do theirs so that bad judgement calls don’t derail their deal BYCARA AMEER Whether you’re a rookie agent, a rising team leader or an established veteran… Read More

Study Finds Homeowners Will Spend Nearly $21K to Sell Homes This Year

Posted on April 11, 2019 by SusyH

Homeowners shell out an average of $20,851 to sell their properties, according to new data compiled by Zillow and Thumbtack's 2019 Hidden Costs of Selling analysis. This includes closing costs, but also the improvements and other projects made when people are… Read More

What is the No. 1 thing you should look for in a brokerage?

Posted on April 4, 2019 by SusyH

Your ideal brokerage should subscribe to training methods that best suit your learning style BY GINA CASTRORAO As a new real estate agent, you are bringing a lot to the table: you have charisma, drive and motivation to start fresh in a… Read More

Here’s what NAR wants in the next versions of Fannie and Freddie

Posted on March 4, 2019 by SusyH

The advocacy group hopes things like the 30-year mortgage and affordable credit stick around for the foreseeable future BYJIM DALRYMPLE II The largest real estate trade and lobbying group in the U.S., the National Association of Realtors (NAR), believes Fannie Mae… Read More

4 MLS mistakes that can kill your listing’s appeal

Posted on February 14, 2019 by SusyH

Put in the extra effort to craft a thoughtful, well-written listing description with professional photos, and you’ll increase interest and likely net a better price BY SHARI MATTERN Your listing’s MLS description is the very first gateway to charming and attracting… Read More

7 Essential Behaviors of High-Performing Mega Teams

Posted on January 29, 2019 by SusyH

Sherri Johnson, CEO & Founder, Sherri Johnson Coaching & Consulting explains What Makes A Team Thrive Whether you’re growing your team at a steady pace, or experiencing the struggles and setbacks that most teams have—maybe it feels like you take… Read More