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

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 the side of not making too many New Year’s resolutions, but rather a small list that’s […]

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 […]

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? […]

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, […]

The .realestate pre-sale starts Sept.18 at 11 a.m.

Next week, REALTORS® will have the first chance to be able to take advantage of next-level digital marketing and branding with a new top-level domain from NAR and industry leader Second Generation, Ltd., .realestate. The .realestate domain is set to launch with an NAR member pre-sale on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and then to the public on […]

Fighting back: Investing in technology and efficiency

Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union International, Inc., believes in embracing change and making his agents more productive with technology by Inman News This is part of “Fighting back,” a new series of profiles on how broker-owners are responding to industry disruption. Mark A. McLaughlin is chief executive officer of Pacific Union International, Inc. […]

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

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 salesperson. Although the sale price is the only metric you will be judged on, most […]

15 smartphone apps agents should be using

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 with the help of the right technology tools. The best part is those tools and […]