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Results of NAR’s Mid-Year BOD meeting

Posted on May 21, 2018 by SusyH

A $30 dues increase in 2019 plus a major change to Professional Standards are a few biggies. Read all about it here.... The NAR Board of Directors at its meeting in Washington May 19 took a major step toward increasing… Read More

8 reasons selling without a real estate agent is a recipe for disaster

Posted on May 7, 2018 by SusyH

The soul-searching questions homesellers should ask before going FSBO  BYCARA AMEER Let’s face it, selling a home without a real estate agent is just plain risky. FSBOs jeopardize time, money, and most importantly, an advantageous outcome.But, despite research that shows that shows that FSBO… Read More

4 ways to keep your condo or co-op deal on track

Posted on May 4, 2018 by SusyH

Listing agents should employ these risk management tips for more sales and better client reviews BY NICHOLAS OLIVER Being a successful co-op and condo listing agent is as much about being a risk manager as it is about being a compelling… Read More

6 tips for easing first-time homebuyer stress

Posted on April 30, 2018 by SusyH

An informed buyer is likely to make better decisions and be more satisfied with his or her purchase BYJACKSON COOPER First-time homebuyers certainly present an interesting challenge for any real estate agent. They put all your skills to the test as you… Read More

Existing-home sales rise for the second straight month

Posted on April 24, 2018 by SusyH

The best sales activity since November, but still below numbers from this time last year, according to NAR report BY PATRICK KEARNS Existing-home sales continued to trend upward in March for the second straight month, the National Association of Realtors reported on Monday.… Read More

15 smartphone apps agents should be using

Posted on April 3, 2018 by SusyH

The best tools for real estate in 2018 BY DAN BOYLE Real estate agents are among the busiest professionals nowadays. Meetings, sales, open houses, marketings and many other activities can be very stressful without proper organization. Fortunately, tasks can be made simpler… Read More

5 marketing strategies to help first-year agents stand out

Posted on March 21, 2018 by SusyH

Establish an online presence, and build your reputation BY SHAYAN JALALI As a brand new real estate agent, you’re learning a lot at a fast pace. It can be tough to nail down exactly what you need to do and what you… Read More

What’s stopping you from putting in the effort?

Posted on March 13, 2018 by SusyH

Tom Ferry: How to get out of your coma and supercharge your production It happens to the best of us. We have a goal of achieving something, and then some way, somehow, we find every excuse to not take action.… Read More

4 steps to make downsizing easier for clients

Posted on March 5, 2018 by SusyH

Compromising on space does not mean compromising on the future, by JENNA WEINERMAN Key Takeaways Downsizing is an emotional process; agents should provide solutions to find compromises and help their clients work in steps to optimize their downsizing efforts. Real estate… Read More

7 home maintenance tasks sellers must do before listing

Posted on February 28, 2018 by KathrynO

Proactive is the buzzword when addressing both cosmetic and mechanical components of a listing. It’s that time of year again, the 2018 selling season is upon us. If you have clients getting ready to put their home on the market,… Read More

5 tips for closing every real estate deal ahead of schedule

Posted on February 20, 2018 by SusyH

Everyone wins, and you'll get paid faster  BYBRANDON JONES Once a property goes under contract, it becomes a sprint to get to the finish line. However, with so many parties involved, lack of communication, missing paperwork, being unorganized and a… Read More

58% of renters believe it’s a good time to buy

Posted on February 8, 2018 by SusyH

But a lack of affordable housing is holding them back from purchasing a home Despite low inventory and high home prices, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Q4 Aspiring Home Buyers Profile says Americans are still holding on to their homeownership goals. According… Read More

10 hidden Facebook features all real estate agents should know

Posted on February 5, 2018 by SusyH

Are you a power-user, casual browser or self-effacing noob? No matter your level of social media expertise, you’ll want to read this By AMY PUCHATY We’ve scoured the social media guides, tracked down the experts and sifted through the flashy add-ons… Read More

9 Tax Deductions Every Real Estate Agent Should Know

Posted on February 1, 2018 by SusyH

Tax season is here, and the time is now to learn how to maximize your deductions. Many real estate agents have a variety of expenses, and confidently identifying which expenses you can use as deductions is critical to helping you… Read More

How a government shutdown impacts real estate and housing

Posted on January 22, 2018 by SusyH

Loan approvals and mortgages could be delayed, but experts think the housing market would bounce back. By Jotham Sederstrom With a dispute in the Senate over the immigration program DACA still unresolved, the government shutdown continues for a third day on Monday morning after… Read More