Curb appeal: It’s not just for listings (2/2/2016)
Clients want to know which Realtor they can trust, and they’ll base their decision, in part, on the style and cleanliness of a real estate office.
Some real estate ideas sound right but aren’t (2/1/2016)
We hold some real estate truths to be self-evident, but they may not be. Are teams better than single agents? Are actively selling brokers better?
Freddie Mac rolls out online resource for agents (1/21/2016)
The online resource center offers agents info on affordable mortgage products, training, networking and customizable promotion tools, Freddie Mac says.
Small biz owners just say no to preserve family time (12/8/2015)
Sometimes family comes first. But in a business that includes weekend work and last-minute crises, Realtors often find it hard to balance work and family life.
Cybercriminals target real estate transactions (11/20/2015)
Brokers don’t need to protect only themselves – they also need to protect clients. And scammers today consider it easier to target small businesses.
Cyber crime: You’re an easy target (11/17/2015)
Realtors and brokers think they’re safe from hacking because scammers mainly target big businesses. And that’s what scammers want Realtors to think.
Expert to Realtors: Safety more important than sale (11/3/2015)
Smartphone apps and upfront security measures, such as copying driver’s license info, can help. Also consider a “Videotaping in progress” sign at open houses.
More agents job-hopping to other brokerages (10/12/2015)
In 2013, 18% of agents had been with their current broker for a year or less, according to NAR. In 2014, that percentage jumped to 30%.
U.S. SBA commercial sales tool – and Realtor biz tool (10/12/2015)
NAR: The Small Business Administration not only funds small commercial sales, SBA loans also provided commercial funding to 1 in 10 Realtors last year.
Virtual assistants can boost profits – and risks (9/30/2015)
It generally costs less to hire a virtual assistant than a full-time employee, but it’s important to make sure they perform only those tasks allowed by law.
Honor Beverly Carter: Put safety first (9/28/2015)
One year ago, a fake buyer killed an Ark. Realtor while showing a rural home. To honor her memory, the family released a new safety phone app, BEVscore.
Real estate brokers invest in bricks and mortar (8/31/2015)
Saying Realtors want to work in an office again, some brokerages are expanding their office space.
Safety: Phone app makes power button a panic button (8/26/2015)
A phone app developed by a Florida Atlantic University student allows agents to automatically dial 911 with a single push of a phone’s power switch.
Safety threat causes broker to cancel open houses (8/26/2015)
An Iowa Realtor received a call saying a local gang had randomly selected her for an “initiation.” Her broker says it’s not the first time it has happened.
Transaction scams on the rise (8/26/2015)
NAR says scammers invisibly track transactions and, at the last minute, request a fraudulent wire transfer of money. There are ways to minimize risk, however.