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Are open houses too dangerous to justify?

Posted on November 13, 2019 by SusyH

Following a wave of headlines about open house-related crime, agents say safety issues are a growing concern BYJIM DALRYMPLE II Jen Geisinger was holding an open house alone about a decade ago when she heard what sounded like someone rummaging through… Read More

10 characteristics top producers share

Posted on November 5, 2019 by SusyH

BYJOSEPH SANTINI They simply take responsibility and make it happen every day in any market under any conditions One of the things that I like best about the real estate business is the plethora of big successful personalities. I’ve been curious… Read More

8 real estate myths that need to be busted for good

Posted on October 31, 2019 by SusyH

Consumers believe these falsehoods about the real estate industry — we need to debunk them - by CARA AMEER People don’t know what they don’t know, and what they do know is enough to create false perceptions of a profession that… Read More

College Debt Dwarfs Housing Market’s Worth

Posted on October 28, 2019 by SusyH

America’s collective college debt eclipses every home listing in the nation, according to a new realtor.com® report.  By Suzanne De Vita Adding It Up According to data from realtor.com, the average down payment, 10 percent, on a median-priced property, $260,000, totals $26,000—$8,500 less… Read More

Genuine communication is the antidote to iBuying

Posted on October 18, 2019 by SusyH

The Agency founder Mauricio Umansky believes the art of communication is being lost, which gives the advantage to real estate disrupters BYJIM DALRYMPLE II Mauricio Umansky believes that art of genuine communication is dying, and it’s up to real estate… Read More

Realogy launches new, improved iBuyer platform for bevy of brands

Posted on October 8, 2019 by SusyH

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty are all rolling roll out the new iBuyer program. BYPATRICK KEARNS Realogy is revamping its year-old iBuyer platform to give sellers more security as they go to market, and… Read More

Exiting real estate: How sellable is your business?

Posted on September 23, 2019 by SusyH

Take these steps to prove the value of your business BYBERNICE ROSS What does it take to successfully sell a real estate business? The first step is to determine what you have to sell. Part 1 of this series looked at… Read More

11 Reasons Why Your Home Isn’t Selling

Posted on September 16, 2019 by SusyH

By Charles Muotoh When you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale—especially if you've put a lot of money into improving the house over the years and if the neighborhood is one that has… Read More

Yun: Stock Volatility Signals What Could Come Next, by Lawrence Yun

Posted on August 7, 2019 by SusyH

Stock market chaos ensued on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging more than 700 points as trade disputes with China intensified. The turmoil in the markets will likely lead to new lows for mortgage rates this week, but it… Read More

NAR: Commission lawsuits could be ‘disastrous’ for both buyers and sellers

Posted on July 30, 2019 by SusyH

How should the industry make agent commission structures more transparent before angry consumers and the Justice Department forces it to do so in ways that might be harmful? BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA If the homeseller plaintiffs of two major real estate commission lawsuits… Read More

Amazon gets into real estate with major Realogy partnership

Posted on July 23, 2019 by SusyH

The nation's largest real estate company and an e-commerce juggernaut want to change the way people buy homes.  BYPATRICK KEARNSStaff Writer Amazon is diving headfirst into the real estate industry with a new partnership alongside industry giant Realogy, the companies announced Tuesday. TurnKey,… Read More

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