‘Workforce quality’ the top Fla. small biz concern (4/26/2017)
A Florida Chamber of Commerce survey finds small businesses most concerned with the quality of their workforce, followed by gov’t regulations and healthcare.
Scam alert: Never say the word ‘yes’ when robocall rings (3/29/2017)
If a caller says, “Can you hear me?” right away, don’t say “yes.” Scammers can record that one word and use it later to authorize fraudulent charges via telephone.
57% of sellers tried to negotiate your commission last year (3/15/2017)
Millennials (66% of them) topped the list of groups trying to negotiate real estate agent commissions last year, according to a Redfin survey. But every group appears to be negotiating more: In June 2016, only 52% tried it.
Which Fla. city best for a real estate business? (2/9/2017)
WalletHub looked at 14 things, from per-agent sales and annual-median wage to housing-market health. Fla.’s top city for agents? Port St. Lucie.
Study: All the political talk can hurt your business (2/9/2017)
Some Americans today focus more on politics than work. In a Wakefield Research study of U.S. workers, 29% admitted that they’re less productive.
Zillow: Still unprofitable but predicts $1B in revenues (2/8/2017)
The Seattle-based company expects to pass $1 billion in annual revenue for the first time this year – but it still isn’t close to turning a profit.
FREC changes license renewal requirements (2/2/2017)
The 14-hour requirement to renew a Fla. real estate license hasn’t increased, but a 3-hour Ethics and Business Practices course is mandatory after Oct. 1.
Defend your income from technology assault (1/25/2017)
Experts at Inman Connect agreed that buyers' and sellers' use of tech will impact agent incomes – but agents have ways to make up the difference.
Brokers: 10% of online profiles are outdated (1/23/2017)
According to a WAV Group audit, an average 10% of online profiles are inaccurate, largely because brokers forget to update all affiliated websites after a change.
Most real estate pros struggle to clock in on social media (1/16/2017)
Many real estate pros struggle to use social media, with most considering it to be a “time suck” - yet research shows it can help build business and online leads.
Opening a new real estate office? Focus on suburbs (1/6/2017)
Brokers who want to expand should consider new offices in the suburbs, which saw 91% of U.S. population growth over the last 15 years, according to the Urban Land Institute. At the top of buyer demand? Suburbs with an “urban feel.”
Brokers: 5 tips for hiring stellar support staff (12/5/2016)
Employing great support people for a brokerage is art as much as science, but there are few techniques that can help the best candidates rise to the top.
5 ways small businesses can get into holiday giving (11/29/2016)
It’s the season for giving, but that doesn’t necessarily mean spending money. Small businesses can make a significant difference in other ways.