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.
Realtor safety starts online: What are you saying? (9/25/2015)
Do potential attackers know where your child goes to school? Where your husband works? Online info can give attackers the bait they need.
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.
What do $500K-per-year agents do differently? (7/28/2015)
A survey of 200 top producers who make more than $500,000 per year uncovered the reasons for their success. At the top of the list: Top-notch service.
UF study: Workplace rudeness is contagious (7/21/2015)
A rude agent does more than irritate other associates. According to UF, it only takes one person with a negative attitude to make everyone less friendly.
DBPR: Real estate licensing goes paperless June 4 (5/21/2015)
New licensees won’t have to wait for their license to arrive by snail mail, allowing them to begin work seven to 10 days earlier, according to DBPR.
What does your car say about you? (5/14/2015)
Expect clients to judge you on the make and model of your car. A luxury car projects success, for example, but it could also make lower-income clients uneasy.
How vulnerable are you to litigation? (4/29/2015)
NAR: 1 in 10 agents doesn’t have E&O insurance to cover claims of inadequate work or negligence, including the top allegation: non-disclosure of home defects.
The pros and cons of changing brokerages (4/20/2015)
A large franchise offers brand recognition, but a boutique brokerage has other benefits. Agents thinking about a change should weigh the pros and cons of both.