Why we need to take agent safety seriously

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 model home. A few days later, an 18-year-old was arrested. He allegedly stole Wilson’s phone and […]
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 a new study — the generation is instead plagued by a “debt machine” that puts […]

Co-Marketing Tips for Following RESPA Rules

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 something of value? Does it count as a referral if it’s only done in writing? […]

The polite way to sell a home around the holidays

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 get an edge on their competition by placing an offer while everyone else is celebrating. […]

How the 20% Business Income Deduction Applies to You

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 wins for REALTORS® in last year’s tax reform bill is the new 20 percent business […]

NAR warns government may crack down on real estate teams

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 Association of Realtors shows there’s a reason for that. Just over a quarter of Realtors, […]