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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

7 New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep in 2019

Posted on January 2, 2019 by SusyH

Keep your list simple, and make daily habits BY BILLY NASH It’s that time of the year for holiday parties, gifts, reflection and thinking about how to be your  most productive self in the coming New Year. I personally air on… Read More

How the government shutdown is impacting homebuyers

Posted on December 28, 2018 by SusyH

Realtors and loan originators offer advice on navigating the shutdown BYPATRICK KEARNS A partial shutdown of the U.S. government has entered its sixth day as both Democrats, Republicans and President Donald Trump dig in their heels over partial funding for… Read More

Why we need to take agent safety seriously

Posted on December 12, 2018 by SusyH

We can’t just talk about doing things differently, it’s time to take action BYJAY THOMPSON Last week, there was horrific news of yet another real estate professional being murdered while on the job. Steven Bernard Wilson was shot while in a… Read More

Posted on December 10, 2018 by SusyH

Jd Ross argues that millennials face considerably bleaker prospects than previous generations, which could ultimately hurt the economy BYJIM DALRYMPLE IIStaff Writer Millennials are regularly maligned as lazy, avocado toast-loving hipsters, but according to a co-founder of Opendoor — and… Read More

10 things sellers should never say to their listing agents

Posted on November 28, 2018 by SusyH

When homeowners put limits on the possibilities, they create a more difficult and cumbersome selling experience BYCARA AMEER When it comes to putting a home on the market, sellers love to share their insight about how the selling process should… Read More

Co-Marketing Tips for Following RESPA Rules

Posted on November 26, 2018 by SusyH

Have you given or accepted gifts from mortgage lenders, title companies, closing attorneys, or other settlement service providers? If those gifts are in exchange for referrals, then you’re breaking the law. by Erica Christoffer What’s a settlement service provider? What constitutes… Read More

The polite way to sell a home around the holidays

Posted on November 20, 2018 by SusyH

Above all, be prepared to work odd hours BY VERONIKA BONDARENKO While most of the world will be eating pie and exchanging gifts during the holidays, many Realtors will be hard at work — as we reported earlier, many zealous buyers hope to… Read More

8 seller tasks that can make or break your sale

Posted on October 31, 2018 by SusyH

Put in the extra effort now for smooth sailing (and selling) later BYCARA AMEER If you want your sellers to crank things up a notch for a speedy sale, advise them to tackle these eight tasks that’ll have buyers racing to put… Read More

How the 20% Business Income Deduction Applies to You

Posted on October 23, 2018 by SusyH

Changes stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allow agents and brokers who earn income as independent contractors or from pass-through businesses to take a significant deduction on that income. By Robert Freedman One of the biggest… Read More

NAR warns government may crack down on real estate teams

Posted on October 22, 2018 by SusyH

1 in 4 Realtors now part of real estate team, according to results of a new National Association of Realtors survey BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA Real estate teams have generated buzz in recent years and a new survey from the National… Read More

Over a third of renters plan to buy in next 2 years

Posted on October 18, 2018 by SusyH

38% of renters say they plan to buy, but cost myths are holding them back, according to Bank of America survey BYLEW SICHELMAN Some renters are being held back by “persistent home buying myths,” according to the latest Insights Report… Read More

Don’t be THAT agent: 10 annoying things agents do to each other

Posted on October 9, 2018 by SusyH

Wasting your colleagues' time doesn't help your reputation BY  MISSY YOST Rookie mistakes are the worst, and in our line of work, they cost clients, time and money — but the largest expense is to our reputation. As a new real estate agent, I… Read More