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Houston Association of Realtors overwhelmingly opposes $30 annual NAR dues increase
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:27:14
The Houston affiliate voted overwhelmingly last Monday to oppose the increase after an internal survey found that 97 percent of the local affiliate’s 34,000 members opposed the additional fees... read more»

Realtors in Florida and Canada join forces to swap agent referrals
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:00:32
The agreement is a first for CREA, which represents more than 120,000 Realtors across Canada. Florida Realtors represents 180,000 Realtors in the Sunshine State. read more»

Why Quicken Loans isn’t really in the mortgage business
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:11:32
The founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, now the largest mortgage company in the U.S., revealed that he does not consider himself to be "in the mortgage business." read more»

The Corcoran Group launches branded stickers for Instagram Stories
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:33:53
The Corcoran Group today announced the launch Corcoran-branded stickers for Instagram Stories, the platform's feature that allows users to post photos, and live and pre-recorded videos that disappear in 24 hours. read more»

OfferPad cuts ties with Zillow over Instant Offers expansion
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:35:33
OfferPad says it was not given any advance warning from Zillow ahead of Zillow's move to expand Instant Offers by becoming an investor/homebuyer and seller in its own right. read more»

Real estate’s top producers share their secrets to success
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 8:56:02
The sheer work ethic of Michael Jordan, the mindset of a Jedi, the adaptability of a chameleon and the dogged humility of a servant — put it all together with a commitment to real estate, and you just might get a top-producing agent. read more»

Existing-home sales rise for the second straight month
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 7:19:57
Existing-home sales jumped 1.1 percent, climbing to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.60 million. In spite of low inventory challenges that have persisted into 2018 and increasing home prices nationwide, it’s the second month in a row during which existing home sales rose, following two straight months of declines. read more»

Real estate daily market update: April 23, 2018
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 6:40:59
All the latest real estate market news. read more»

Connect The ICSF Sessions: Capital Connect
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 4:09:53
Inman is dedicating an entire morning to exploring real estate capital at a bird’s-eye level: It’s called Capital Connect, and you’ll hear from Silicon Valley investors and the up-and-coming (and established) tech companies that are vying for customers and funding. read more»

How to respond when clients ask: ‘Is this a safe neighborhood?’
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 2:45:44
Safety is always at the top of the list for people buying a new home. A recent study from the online listing site Trulia shows that people are even willing to give up a lot in exchange for an added sense of security. read more»

How to make time when there isn’t any
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 2:15:35
Time management is a myth — no one can “manage” time because we each have the same 24 hours per day. If you’re burned out from working 60 or more hours per week, the secret to regaining control is managing your choices, not your time. read more»

Lesson learned: Who you gonna call?
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 2:00:59
Six years ago, an accomplished TTR Sothebys International Realty agent offered to mentor an on-the-fence wannabe agent who was unhappy and had plateaued in her financial services position. read more»

If it were only about the money, every agent would always be with the lowest cost brokerage
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 1:00:52
In the second of a series of three articles, I had the opportunity to get the pulse on recruiting from Steve Murray, president and owner of REAL Trends. Murray has co-authored four books on the valuation of residential real estate brokerage firms. read more»

How to win the listing before you arrive
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 1:00:45
How can you show up right on time for a listing appointment, but be too late? It’s a dilemma facing any agent relying on their presentation alone to win listings. If you’re waiting for the homeowners to open the door so you can make a good first impression and win the listing, you’re already too late. read more»

How to win in the lucrative global real estate market
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 1:00:16
As real estate grows more global with the increased transparency and power of the ever-maturing internet, real estate agents have immense opportunities to capture lucrative international, long-distance business to which they didn’t previously have access. This business opportunity is significant. read more»

Fake Trulia rental listing causes Denver family to lose $3,900
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:11:49
In April, rents increased month-over-month in 81 percent of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan statistical markets (MSAs), and that number jumps to 89 percent when looking at year-over-year trends. When home and rental prices are all on the rise, it's easy for buyers and renters to be lured into scams with hopes of saving a little extra change -- which is exactly what happened to a Denver family just last week ... read more»

The week in financial markets: no recognizable housing cycle
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:10:12
The Fed has been oh-so-gradually pushing up on the cost of money, an overnight rate, but only this week has that up-pushing (from “underneath” as traders would say) moved long-term rates, specifically the 10-year T-note, which defines mortgages and a lot else. read more»

Earth Day gives real estate reason to celebrate, educate
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:47:36
Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day — a time to appreciate this beautiful planet and raise awareness about the ways we can protect and make it better it for generations to come.  read more»

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