Agent teams: A winning model – or not (9/23/2014)
A team allows agents to focus on their area of expertise, grows a broker’s business and improves customer service. But the team-formation details are important.
First-year surprises for new Realtors (9/2/2014)
Starting a real estate career often costs more than expected at first. And newbies who think they’ll “set their own schedule” often find clients do it for them.
Open house sign rules are frequently disobeyed (8/13/2014)
Cities and counties often have rules over signs, such as “Open house this way” ones. Some agents knowingly violate rules, but many simply aren’t aware of them.
‘Brand conflict’ a challenge for real estate execs (7/16/2014)
Survey: Most brokers think their company brand outshines Zillow, Trulia, etc., but admit consumers can get confused when franchises and agents brand too.
3 ways to set buyer expectations
From the get-go, real estate pros can put a buyer at ease by telling them what to expect during the transaction, including if multiple offers are common.
Rules for referrals (6/12/2014)
Real estate pros should develop a consistent and successful referral strategy, including setting aside time to cultivate referrals and asking for them politely.
SBA’s ombudsman can simplify fed agency problems (5/28/2014)
Small businesses have help if facing unfair or excessive regulatory issues by the federal government – SBA ombudsman has authority to conduct a fairness review.
Real estate assistants often misclassified (5/14/2014)
Labeling one as an independent contractor saves paperwork and personnel taxes, but the Labor Dept. has rules. Break them and the penalties and fees can be costly.
A Fla. real estate license will cost less (5/5/2014)
Starting July 1, many license renewals will cost 20% less, helping Realtors who renew in the third quarter. It’s not a fee holiday – it’s a permanent reduction.
Real estate agents learn to defend themselves (4/24/2014)
Agents face danger every day when they visit vacant properties or join clients for home showings. To stay safe, some take a self-defense class.
645,000 phone numbers now on Fla. Do-Not-Call list (4/24/2014)
Two years ago, it became free to add a phone number to the state’s do-not-call list. As a result, the list has expanded by 545,000 phone numbers.