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Real estate daily market update: November 21, 2017
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 6:37:12
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Special Report: Real estate team risks and rewards
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 3:00:00
The real estate industry is a large tent offering the opportunity for many different business models to thrive. Tight-knit independent offices, 100-percent commission firms, big-brand franchisors, virtual brokerages, tech-driven startups and luxury boutiques all have their place. They benefit from their unique strengths and also must face their biggest threats. Over the last several years real estate teams have emerged as another force in the industry that can no longer be brushed off as a fad. ... read more»

Your new secret weapon: Facebook’s Click-to-Messenger ads
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 2:45:21
Just recently, Facebook doubled down on this new feature and created Click-to-Messenger as a standalone campaign objective (I know that probably sounds like gibberish but stay with me here) ... read more»

5 ways for real estate agents to give back this Thanksgiving
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 2:30:46
Being at home is to be relaxed and comfortable, in harmony with one’s surroundings. As the familiar adage goes, “home is where the heart is.” Our emotional attachment is so evident that we become homesick when we are away for prolonged periods ... read more»

Trump’s tax bill: Bad for Americans, good for foreign buyers?
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 2:15:07
Elements of the U.S. House and the Senate's proposed new tax policies might make purchasing a home more expensive for Americans but cheaper for foreign homebuyers ... read more»

Why is real estate startup funding on the rise?
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 2:00:07
When the economy is humming along that’s when you’ll see more venture capitalists come out of the woodwork. In many markets, it’s been awhile since the real estate industry attracted VC attention. But times -- they are a-changin’ ... read more»

How to make data standards important to your stakeholders
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:00:39
"There are hundreds and hundreds of companies relying on the MLS to provide accurate data -- and they're using these tools today -- and we'll get them there by showing the benefits, but it's going to take a little bit of time," said President of FBS Michael Wurzer of standardized data on the Imnan stage. Data standardization affects our industry and stakeholders in many ways. Listen in to hear Wurzer, along with Chair of MLS Policy Issues Committee Tom Berge and Executive Director of Technology for Homes.com Shaun York discuss the importance of this standardization as it relates to different stakeholders ... read more»

Can you afford the American dream on your salary?
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:00:46
What exactly does it take to turn a renter into a buyer? Real estate professionals mull over this question often, coming up with ideas ranging from touting the personal pride of homeownership to the financial upside of building wealth and equity. Unfortunately, a willing renter isn't the only requirement for the transition into homeownership: the American dream comes with salary requirements too. According to HSH.com, buyers offering a 10 percent down payment on a national median-priced home ($254,000) would need to make $63,941.21. The minimum salary drops to $55,390.57 for buyers putting down 20 percent ... read more»

North America will lead world in new housing construction through 2021
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:49:27
Meanwhile, the study also notes that China and India will drive 43 percent of all new housing development, continuing a streak ... read more»

Announcing the first round of speakers for Inman Connect New York 2018
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:17:01
Imagine charting a course through a landscape that's constantly changing and shifting around and beneath you. That's what it feels like sometimes to operate in the real estate industry -- there are so many new tools and business models in addition to the traditional tried-and-true methods that it's hard to know which way to turn ... read more»

Real estate daily market update: November 20, 2017
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:05:26
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Why training, not mentorship, works for this indie’s business
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:01:42
A few years ago, Lamacchia Realty broker-owner Anthony Lamacchia had his senior agents mentor junior agents. It may have worked in theory, but the reality of that mentoring model was less than ideal for the five-office, 85-agent indie brokerage ... read more»

Connect/Reflect: The Dutch are here!
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 8:32:37
We recently sat down with Boris Geheniau of the Netherlands to ask him about his team’s experiences attending Connect ... read more»

Agent/broker perspective: Should top producers attend company meetings?
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 2:30:21
When I was just starting out in real estate, I enjoyed attending my mid-sized office’s monthly meetings. They were great opportunities to meet and learn from more experienced colleagues, find out new and exciting tools for agents, catch up on corporate-directed initiatives and to simply take a break from the everyday grind. Back then, that was a valuable use of my time ... read more»

A simple path to happiness this Thanksgiving
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 9:37:32
Several days ago, I had an “aha!” moment that completely reframed my thinking about happiness. It struck me that the route to happiness could be explained in a simple four-step model. This approach can completely transform your life if you choose to implement it ... read more»

Talk turkey to me: Real estate agents share their favorite Thanksgiving traditions
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 9:03:33
This year, we decided to ask industry professionals about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Here are a few of our favorites ... read more»

NASA calls for real estate pros in 3-D printed habitat competition
Sat, 18 Nov 2017 5:00:22
NASA wants real estate pros for 3-D printed habitat contest ... read more»

Will ‘small-minded’ tax bill nudge the market? Not likely
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:00:58
Financial markets do react to changes in financial public policy. That’s a valid axiom. So, if markets do not move when new public policy arrives, does that mean that markets no longer care? Or that the particular new policy does not matter ... read more»

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