Are open houses too dangerous to justify?

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 the master bathroom’s medicine cabinet. r “I started up the steps, because the master was […]

10 characteristics top producers share

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 about what this diverse pool of people have in common and what makes them great […]

8 real estate myths that need to be busted for good

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 is often surrounded by damaging assumptions. Here are eight real estate myths — busted! 1. […]

College Debt Dwarfs Housing Market’s Worth

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 than the average college loan obligation, $34,500. The bigger picture: The amount of college debt, […]

Genuine communication is the antidote to iBuying

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 agents to keep it alive or lose ground to disruptive real estate tech companies pushing […]

Realogy launches new, improved iBuyer platform for bevy of brands

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 give agents an offer benchmark to beat for their clients. The new platform, renamed RealSure, […]

Exiting real estate: How sellable is your business?

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 your mindset and whether you’re well prepared to leave the business. The next step is […]

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

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 get their way, the impact could be “disastrous” for both homebuyers and sellers, Jack Bierig, […]