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  • 7 reasons pre-listing inspections are an absolute must

    Apr 17, 2019
    Contrary to popular belief, the celebrations shouldn't begin right when a contract is executed -- in fact, it marks the beginning of a long and uncertain process to a potential closing. The best way to increase a seller’s chances of closing smoothly is to have a pre-listing inspection done before ever coming on the market. Here are seven reasons why.
  • 4 ways brokerages can expand their agents’ education

    Apr 17, 2019
    In the constantly changing real estate industry, how do real estate brokerages furnish their agents with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed? Here are some of the top strategies for fostering agent growth through coaching, ongoing education and proactive training programs.
  • Flat-fee brokerage Reali acquires mortgage lender

    Apr 17, 2019
    Flat-fee brokerage Reali announced Wednesday that it has acquired a loan company and is launching its own, in-house mortgage service.
  • NAR hit with yet another antitrust suit over buyer commissions

    Apr 16, 2019
    Another homeseller is challenging the sharing of real estate sales commissions between listing and buyer's brokers, according to a new lawsuit.
  • Redfin finds most affordable cities are also the least disaster-prone

    Apr 16, 2019
    A new study from Redfin maps how disaster-prone certain metros are, while also factoring the cost of buying a home in that city.
  • The home of a Titanic survivor has hit the market for $1.8M

    Apr 16, 2019
    A New York home that once belonged to a woman who was saved from the sinking Titanic has hit the market for $1.795 million.
  • Builder confidence rises in April

    Apr 16, 2019
    Builder confidence rose in April after two months of static, according to data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo.
  • Bombshell NAR lawsuit: How much did sellers pay in buyer-side commission?

    Apr 16, 2019
    A recently filed lawsuit against NAR, among other big industry players, alleges that NAR-member agents, along with many of the country’s various multiple listing services, colluded to inflate Realtor commissions. Here’s a look at the commission numbers involved.
  • The referral system that’ll land you 30 more deals per year

    Apr 16, 2019
    Most agents aren’t asking for referrals the right way or sometimes at all. If you’re not actively (and strategically) asking for referrals, you’re likely missing out on dozens of deals each year. Here’s how to effectively leverage your sphere of influence to close more referral deals.
  • 21 contract terms every agent should be able to explain with ease

    Apr 16, 2019
    As we go about our business, we sometimes forget that clients might not be familiar with common terms agents throw around without thinking (aka Realtor speak). Here are the 21 terms we consider most crucial for agents to explain to buyers and sellers without benefit of crib notes.
  • Agent/broker perspective: Can agents challenge their brokerage’s philanthropic pursuits?

    Apr 16, 2019
    In this monthly column, Anthony Askowitz explores a hypothetical Miami real estate situation from both sides of the broker/agent dynamic: An experienced top agent at a Miami real estate office has serious concerns about a social position taken by the company’s longtime charitable recipient.
  • Rent in southwestern region rising fast: CoreLogic

    Apr 16, 2019
    The cost of renting a single-family home increased by 2.9 percent nationwide and by 8 percent in Phoenix in February, according to CoreLogic data.
  • What ‘Game of Thrones’ can teach you about power moves

    Apr 15, 2019
    What can you learn from the major players in the “Game of Thrones” universe that’ll inform your next negotiation, marketing strategy or professional planning? Let's take a look at some of the biggest power moves in the Seven Kingdoms. (WARNING: Spoilers for the first seven seasons ahead.)
  • NAR VP embroiled in multiple lawsuits

    Apr 15, 2019
    Charlie Oppler, the CEO and managing partner of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty (PPSIR), and first vice president of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is currently embroiled in multiple lawsuits over acquisition and acquisition attempts made by his company.
  • California woman posed as real estate agent to scam homebuyers

    Apr 15, 2019
    California police have arrested a woman who posed as a real estate agent in order to swipe tens of thousands of dollars in deposit money from homebuyers.