5 Cs of a Successful Farming Strategy With RPR®

NAR PULSE—Nowhere is there a more streamlined single source of data and reports that fulfill every aspect of a successful farming campaign. From targeting and analyzing the marketability of potential neighborhoods to resources that help you “break the ice” with homeowners, it’s all here with Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®). Get started. Every Child Deserves a […]

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Staying Ahead of the Competition

In the following interview, Gia Arvin, REALTOR® with Matchmaker Realty in Gainesville, Fla., discusses the brokerage’s charitable initiatives, marketing strategies, and more. Region Served: North Central, Fla. Years in Real Estate: 13 Number of Offices: 1 Number of Agents: 17 Best Tip for Getting the Right Listing Price: I take the seller to tour their […]

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Realtor.com Results Summit Zeroes In on Agent Productivity

Realtor.com®’s upcoming annual Results Summit, “Break / Through,” will zero in on agent and team productivity, with more than 50 top sales professionals revealing insights for success. The two-day event takes places Sept. 18-19 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Register. Breakout sessions at the event cover topics including lead generation and conversion, developing engaging […]

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Putting New Pins on the Map

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Continues to Reach New Markets Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices launched as a network in late 2013—the new home for most Prudential Real Estate franchisees and other brokerages looking for a fresh, distinctive brand. The network has matured nicely in four years, growing to nearly 44,000 agents with a compelling value proposition that continues […]

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Break on Through…to the Broker Side

You’re a top-producing real estate agent, expanding your client roster, surpassing your sales goals and living the good life. But why stop there? For these Engel & Völkers license partners—the company’s term for broker/owners—reaching the pinnacle as a sales associate led to making the decision to become owners and manage their own shop. For many, […]

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Sustainability: How NAR Is Responding to Growing Interest

When you hear the term “sustainable real estate,” what topics come to mind? Perhaps your first thoughts are environmentally-friendly properties, or creating walkable communities, or using fewer resources in your real estate practice. Each of these topics, and many more, fall under the umbrella of sustainability. Regardless of how you think about sustainability as a […]

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Commentary: Ready for Tougher Underwriting and to Pay More for Your Mortgage?

There are some new rules coming down the pike for banks that will drastically alter the lending landscape. What are they, and should you care? I’m amazed that there has not been more talk regarding a big change in banking regulation. There are new regulations being phased in that will impact every borrower in a […]

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Penny Nathan: Raising the Standard for Success

Penny Nathan’s career in real estate began in 2000 when she started selling homes in San Diego. Today, she serves as president and CEO of Ascent Real Estate, Inc. “Real estate first drew my attention as a business in which I would have a deep, intrinsic interest,” says Nathan. “It offers the stability that homeownership […]

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New Ad Campaign Encourages Consumers to Get REALTOR®

As a real estate broker, you’re affiliated with two key brand identities—your office’s brand (whether independent or franchised) and the REALTOR® brand, shared with thousands of other brokerages. The REALTOR® brand is an important and impressive membership mark that identifies you and your agents as upholding a strict Code of Ethics while serving as consumer […]

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Build a Better Listing Presentation Package With RPR®

NAR PULSE—Sellers want to know if your agents’ presentations are based on their keen sense of the market, their expertise in determining value, and their ability to bring a deal to close in the shortest time possible and at the highest price. The key to your agents nailing that next listing is for them to […]

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Robin Dickson: Meeting Challenges With Training and Technology

Those who live and work in San Francisco’s luxurious East Bay understand that when a home goes on the market in the area, it doesn’t last very long, and the price is usually high. Robin Dickson, executive vice president of J. Rockcliff REALTORS®, has been working in the area for a long time, and has […]

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Charlie Bengel, Jr.: A Top-Producing, Community-Centric Culture

With a new president in the White House this year, Charlie Bengel, Jr., CEO of RE/MAX Allegiance, serving the immediate D.C. metro market, admits that there are concerns about decisions that may impact proposed cuts to some federal agencies. “We’re waiting to see what actually comes of some of the proposals, but, as a business […]

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Goldberg Named Next CEO of NAR

Bob Goldberg has been named CEO of the National Association of REALTORS®. Goldberg currently serves as NAR senior vice president of Sales & Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Investments, Professional Development and Conventions for NAR. Goldberg was the choice of NAR’s leadership team after an extensive national search. He succeeds Dale Stinton, who is retiring […]

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come

While Help-U-Sell offers a modern approach to real estate, the company is certainly no newcomer to the business. Founded in 1976, Help-U-Sell leapt out of the gate with its set-fee, full-service business model, breaking the traditional mold from the onset. Now serving more than 100 offices in 26 states (and counting), the company has stepped […]

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Serving Southeast Asia With Expertise and Education

Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Rahim & Co International is in its 41st year of delivering real estate services to local clients and investors from around the world. Despite market challenges, including housing affordability, Director of Research Sulaiman Saheh is capitalizing on Malaysia’s many market opportunities. Find out more about the firm’s success in this interview […]

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Lights Out: Rising Mortgage Star Sindeo Announces Unexpected Shutdown

To the surprise of many, four-year-old technology-based mortgage company Sindeo announced the shuttering of its doors on Tuesday evening. Hailing from San Francisco, the company sprung up in 2013 with the intention of changing the way consumers shop for mortgages. Founded by Ori Zohar and CEO Nick Stamos, the start-up secured more than $15 million […]

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Build Your Business With the REALTOR® Store

NAR PULSE—NAR’s online REALTOR® Store offers hundreds of business-boosting products and publications to help REALTORS® succeed, including titles just for brokers. Find everything you need, from the latest research reports, Real Estate Brokerage Essentials®, the latest tech topics and webinars that will give you a competitive edge. Start shopping. REALTOR® University Graduate Spotlight: Deborah Carter […]

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Maximize Your Business With Women Homebuyers: Register for the 2017 NAWRB Nexus Conference Today!

The synergy leading up to the 2017 NAWRB Nexus Conference: Women’s Collaboration for the Future is filling up our attendees list faster than you can say “Sold!” With an inside look at housing ecosystem developments, NAWRB’s expert panelists deliver actionable solutions with specialized forecasts. Women homebuyers are one of the most exciting and fastest-growing markets today. With […]

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Natural Born Leaders: The Women in Charge at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach

While statistics from the National Association of REALTORS® show that 62 percent of REALTORS® are women, the broker and executive level of the real estate business is still predominantly occupied by men. Fortunately, the tides are turning and more women are taking their place among the industry’s upper echelon. At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & […]

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Consumer Engagement: What Really Works

Brokers Reveal Which Tools and Strategies Yield Results at RISMedia Forum Building strong relationships with clients and prospects is priority one for any good real estate professional. But in today’s digital world, making real connections with consumers has become complicated and often elusive. This topic was explored in detail during RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at […]

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NAR Power Broker Roundtable: The View From Mid-Year

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable this month discusses the trajectory of the housing market so far this year, and what lies ahead for the remainder of 2017. Moderator: Robert Bailey, Broker/Owner, Bailey Properties, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations, NAR Panelists: Rei Mesa, President/CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services […]

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LeadingRE Names Elizabeth Nunan Executive Vice President

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) has named Elizabeth D. Nunan, executive vice president, Member Services, the network recently announced. Nunan, a 25-plus-year veteran of the real estate industry, is responsible for managing membership services for the network. Nunan was previously vice president of Global Business Development for Houlihan Lawrence, a LeadingRE member. […]

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Don’t Forget! Save up to 25 Percent on Your Next Car Rental

NAR PULSE—NAR members save up to 25 percent year-round on car rentals. Take advantage of your member benefits the next time you rent a car through REALTOR Benefits® Program partners Avis®, Budget® and Hertz®. Save now. REALTOR® University Graduate Spotlight: Deborah Carter Learn how Deborah Carter, MRE, ABR, a REALTOR® with Suburban Realty Professionals in […]

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Growing Your Business in Unpredictable Times: Don’t Miss RISMedia’s 2017 CEO Exchange

Over 225 of the most powerful and successful real estate leaders will take to New York City this September for RISMedia’s 2017 Real Estate CEO Exchange, “Growing Your Business in Unpredictable Times.” The exclusive, day-and-a-half-long event, taking place Sept. 12-13 at the prestigious Harvard Club, will share strategies for increasing business and operating a profitable […]

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REALTORS® Gather in D.C. to Address Key Issues

Approximately 9,000 REALTORS® are gathered in Washington, D.C. this week for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, addressing members of Congress and regulators on key real estate issues, as well as participating in sessions delivered by industry experts and thought leaders. “With a new president and Congress in office, it’s vitally important for regulators […]

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Pushing Boundaries to Achieve Success

This past March, 4,000 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network members came together for the brand’s 2017 Sales Convention in Phoenix, Ariz., to connect with other affiliates, grow their referral networks, attend educational sessions, gain insight into what’s happening at the brand level and celebrate the accomplishments of their hard-working colleagues. “Sales Convention is a vital time […]

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The Future of Small Businesses

With limited employees, capital and resources, small businesses are hit the hardest by rigorous regulations, and the expense of compliance often poses sustainable growth roadblocks for the entrepreneurs who need it most. The following months could prove especially pivotal for small business owners due to the growing possibility of new legislation and regulations. Access to […]

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NAR Power Broker Roundtable: Reading Today’s Economic Climate

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable this month discusses adapting business strategy to today’s economic climate. Moderator: Robert Bailey, Broker/Owner, Bailey Properties, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Liaison for Large Residential Firm Relations, NAR Panelists: Nelson Zide, Executive Vice President, ERA Key Realty Services, Framingham, Mass. Chris Kutzkey, Broker/Owner, John L. Scott Real Estate, […]

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Providing Clients a Full-Service Experience Key to Continued Success

In the following interview, Michael Lunden, broker/owner with Sellstate Realty Pros in Greenwood Village, Colo., discusses the benefits of the Sellstate model. Region Served: The south metro area of Colorado Years in Real Estate: 20 Number of Offices: 1, with 2 slated to open this summer Number of Agents: 30 What is it about the […]

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Training and Technology Arm Agents With Relationship-Building Tools for Today’s Market

In the following interview, Jeanette Schneider, vice president of Management Services for RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan, discusses the firm’s approach to marketing, and the local housing market. Facebook: @remaxsemi Maria Patterson: How did you first get into real estate, and what led to your current position at RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan? Jeanette Schneider: Back in […]

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Leading Into the Future: A Purposeful Transition

When a 30-year-old company thinks about the future, it’s always important to reflect on the past. For ERA Colonial Real Estate, based in Harker Heights, Texas, that process involved a series of conversations between father and son. Dennis DeWine founded the firm in 1987 and worked tirelessly to build his business. His son, Tom DeWine, […]

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Join the Celebration of REALTOR® Advocacy This May

Every member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) shares the goal of revolutionizing the real estate industry and preparing REALTORS® for sustainable future success. Advocacy plays a critical role in achieving those goals, while also supporting property ownership throughout our communities. To help demonstrate the importance of advocacy at the national, state and local […]

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Explore America’s Neighborhoods: Clarksville, Austin, Texas

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Splash! 5 Wacky Aquatic Living Rooms Wow Buyers Near and Far With 3D Tours 5 Types of Additions and How They Add Value How many blocks make up a neighborhood? In Clarksville’s case, nine—but don’t let the […]

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A Strong Economy Spurs Real Estate Success in Germany

According to Daniel Ritter, CEO of Von Poll Immobilien/Von Poll Real Estate, Germany has a lot to offer real estate investors, including a strong economy, low unemployment, an excellent infrastructure and a “reliable and functioning political and legal system.” In the following interview, Ritter shares what makes his firm successful, strategies that mirror those of […]

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Regional Spotlight: Mid-Atlantic Awash With Activity

Regional Spotlight—The Mid-Atlantic region is awash with real estate activity this spring, with real estate practitioners in the area expecting a busier season overall, according to a recently released survey. “After a solid 2016, the Mid-Atlantic real estate market is poised for continued growth in 2017,” says Tom Phillips, president and CEO of Bright MLS, […]

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Franchise Models Provide Alternative to Faster Success

In the following interview, Lou Gonzalez, president of Realty ONE Group Affiliates in Irvine, Calif., discusses the franchise model that serves as the foundation of Realty ONE Group’s success. Region Served: National Years in Real Estate: 33 Number of Offices: 80 Number of Agents: 8,800+ Most Effective Way to Motivate Agents: Show them that they […]

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Be a Star at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

One of my favorite events of the year is the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, a time when members unite in their shared voice as advocates for the real estate industry, while also celebrating their individual contributions. For brokers, it’s also an excellent opportunity to explore the latest resources to support your success and […]

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3D Tours: Necessity, Not Novelty

Are 3D tours a legitimate tool to market properties, or a novelty? In the following interview, Lisa Larkin, Esq., managing partner of the Tucson office and team leader of The Larkin Ekrut Team with RE/MAX Excalibur in Tucson, Ariz., discusses how she makes 3D tours center stage. Region Served: Tucson, Ariz., and surrounding areas Years in […]

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RE/MAX United: Where Productivity Is Priority

Whether it’s the local inventory shortage or the state of the national economy, Tom Rich doesn’t spend a lot of time trying to predict the future—and for good reason. With a company culture that revolves around agent training, collaboration and access to leadership, the broker/owner of Rockford, Mich.-based RE/MAX United has created an environment where […]

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Win a Phantom 4 Drone With MVP and QuickBooks Self-Employed

NAR PULSE—Sign up for a free 30-day trial of QuickBooks® Self-Employed from Intuit®, a REALTOR Benefits® Program partner, and receive Tech Trends 2017: Smart Home Products to Watch Webinar – Download free from the Member Value Plus (MVP) Program. Plus, you’re automatically entered to win a Phantom 4 Pro Drone sponsored by Intuit®! Your free […]

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Harnessing the Real Power of Data

As the real estate industry continues to ebb and flow at a feverish pace, pinpointing exactly where the market’s headed is a challenging proposition for real estate professionals across the board, even those who pride themselves on having a pulse on the market 24/7. While we haven’t been able to track down that elusive crystal […]

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Flood Insurance Critical for a Vibrant Housing Market

Each year, the federal government spends billions of dollars on disaster relief to flood victims—all at taxpayer expense. While floods claim more lives and property than any other natural disaster, it’s important to note that flood disasters have been declared in every state in the past five years alone. Floods are not only coastal issues, […]

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Looking Ahead: John Peyton Takes Charge at Realogy Franchise Group

John Peyton was out for a walk with his wife, Allison, and their two dogs when a newly familiar phone number popped up on his phone. It was Alex Perriello, CEO of the Realogy Franchise Group (RFG), congratulating him on the good news. Peyton had just been chosen as president and chief operating officer of […]

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Why Professional Videos Matter and How to Get Them at Any Level

In real estate, we have a growing problem when it comes to video. First, it is imperative to understand there are two types of video: personal and professional. Personal videos are what we use to touch our close contacts, sphere, friends, and family. BombBomb has really cornered the market in this area, but of course […]

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Window to the Law: CFPB Consent Orders for RESPA Violations

Editor’s Note: This is part of a monthly video series from the National Association of REALTORS® to inform and educate members about important aspects of being a real estate professional. Watch for this series each month in RISMedia’s Daily e-News. Watch the new Window to the Law video from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) […]

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Dubai: The Melting Pot of the Middle East

Known for its ultramodern architecture—including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa—and luxury lifestyle, Dubai has become the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a global destination and the business hub of the Middle East. All of this serves to make Dubai and its surrounding areas destinations for compelling real estate investments […]

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