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A family I know moved from California to Texas recently to take advantage of a new job opportunity. As they set out to buy a new home in their adopted North Texas city, the questions they had for their real estate agent were pretty typical, but the last one raised an eybrow:
Posted: August 17, 2017, 12:18 pm
New advances in technology are taking much of the guesswork out of going green. With home automation systems like the Wink Hub and free app, you can control the settings on many of your home devices with the push of a smartphone button or even just with your voice.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 12:18 pm


Real Estate News for Realtors and Brokers

In real estate sales, how many homes we sell and how much money we make is the only measure of success. What many people don’t know is that it's possible to be a jerk and make money too
Author: Teresa Boardman
Posted: August 17, 2017, 9:15 am
There seems to be some misconceptions about what options advertisers (or agents) have for targeting their ideal audience on Facebook. Everyone seems to know about the basic targeting options: age, income, location, interests, behaviors, etc
Author: Nate Dadosky
Posted: August 17, 2017, 9:00 am
Making money by flipping property has become as much of an American dream as homeownership. The full spectrum programming on HGTV is a testament to how much we want to believe that we can make money of flipping houses, in small towns, in cities -- anywhere there is a deal with good bones to be had.
Author: Deidre Woollard
Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:30 am
When you put a home on the market, the clock starts — and the pressure sets in. You only have one opportunity to make a first impression, and you don’t want the home to sit for endless days on market while your sellers get increasingly upset
Author: Cara Ameer
Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:15 am
Real estate video marketing is possibly the most effective marketing method available to agents; it’s definitely one of the cheapest
Author: Pat Hiban
Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:00 am
Smaller homes with more outdoor space seem to be all the rage lately as homebuyers are abandoning the motto "bigger is better" when it comes to square footage. According to a consumer survey by Wakefield Research commissioned by residential construction company Taylor Morrison, 56 percent of buyers would be willing to sacrifice having a larger house for a larger yard. Why
Author: Marian McPherson
Posted: August 16, 2017, 10:05 pm
Homelessness, lack of affordable housing, natural disaster damage -- these are all global problems that can be alleviated through creative housing solutions
Author: Dani Vanderboegh
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:47 pm
June's housing starts report was heralded as "welcome news" by National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, who said increasing residential construction was the key to lowering home prices. This month, however, housing starts have taken a turn for the worse.
Author: Marian McPherson
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:36 pm
Every year Inc. magazine ranks the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. This year, 17 real estate companies made the top 500 cut, while 196 made the 5,000 list
Author: Gill South
Posted: August 16, 2017, 8:28 pm
The housing market saw a series of ups and downs in Q2 2017, the majority of which were largely driven by low inventory unable to meet the demand of would-be buyers. This imbalance drove home prices to rise 6.2 percent, easily eclipsing the previous Q3 2016 peak of $241,300. The Q2 median single-family home price was $255,600, a 6.2 percent year-over-year and 6.9 percent quarter-over-quarter increase
Author: Marian McPherson
Posted: August 16, 2017, 7:03 pm
How can the United States tackle the increasingly problematic issue of homelessness and housing poverty? The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) thinks that reforming the mortgage interest deduction (MID) is the way to move forward. But it's going to have to lobby against the National Association of Realtors (NAR)
Author: Amber Taufen
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:53 pm
I had a “suite meet” with new NAR CEO Bob Goldberg when I attended the trade group’s fat cat (leadership) gathering in Chicago this week. The affable new chief executive manages thousands of volunteers, a $187 million operating budget and a sprawling team of lobbyists, educators, publicists and event planners
Author: Brad Inman
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:16 pm
In the mid-1990s, Nick Bailey was a rookie agent at Century 21 Real Estate (C21). Little did he know that 21 years later, almost to the day, he would be named CEO and president of the company at the age of 42, his career coming full circle. 
Author: Gill South
Posted: August 16, 2017, 4:30 pm
Academic research has often cast doubt on the value of real estate agents, but a new study will come as music to their ears. It suggests that homeowners will net roughly the same proceeds whether they sell through a real estate agent or take the FSBO (for-sale-by-owner) route
Author: Teke Wiggin
Posted: August 16, 2017, 4:10 pm
When I started working in journalism, there was no such thing as Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, or many of the other useful apps and services we take for granted today. At that time, many media outlets were still trying to figure out how to use the internet
Author: Carl Franzen
Posted: August 16, 2017, 3:24 pm
If you are looking to build your brand as a real estate agent, look no further than the Law of Authenticity from The Go-Giver Leader: A Little Story About What Matters Most in Business; "The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself."
Author: Matt Bonelli
Posted: August 16, 2017, 10:00 am
When dealing with clients, it’s common they’ll have concerns that can turn into roadblocks. As a real estate agent, it’s your job to figure out how to overcome those objections for a successful transaction. What's the pullback method? What are good buzzwords and key phrases to use in objection handling? Below are a few strategies and scripts that will answer these questions. 
Author: Matt Johnson
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:30 am
It seems that the housing market is experiencing a major shift that is sure to impact the future of real estate for at least another 10 years. As of 2016, millennial first-time buyers have surpassed Gen Xers and baby boomers. Millennials, born between 1980-1998, make up the largest group of first-time homebuyers at 66 percent, followed by Gen X at 26 percent
Author: Grant Findlay-Shirras
Posted: August 16, 2017, 9:00 am