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Don’t Believe this Bad Mortgage Advice

When friends, family and co-workers find out you’re thinking about or are already in the process of purchasing a home, there’s a good chance you’ll run across at least one mortgage “expert” offering unsolicited advice. Of course they mean well, … Read more

Sitting Pretty — How to Furnish a Home on a Budget

Furnishing a new home is fun and exciting. Unfortunately, it can also be really expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of things you can do to lessen the cost of creating a comfortable, beautiful home that … Read more

Refresh Your Real Estate Etiquette

There was a time when the rules of etiquette governed everyday interactions, and breaking those rules was ground for (mild) scandal. Fortunately, social norms have relaxed over the years, and most of us operate much less formally than in times … Read more

Fact or Fiction? Help Clients Overcome These Real Estate Myths

As a real estate professional, one of the most important things you can do is help your clients understand the process of buying or selling a home. What makes your job more challenging are the persistent myths about real estate … Read more

Live in Color — How to Pick the Perfect Paint

One of the most exciting things you get to do when moving into a new home or updating your current living space is choosing how you’re going to paint it. Paint is a powerful, yet affordable, way to transform anything … Read more

Should you rent or buy? Ask yourself these 5 questions.

Any milestone life event, such as getting married or divorced, having a baby, relocating for a new job, or sending adult children out into the world, can put you in the position of having to choose whether to rent or … Read more

Do You Delegate? It’s the Best Way to Buy Back Time

Many real estate agents love the idea of having an assistant, but once they hire someone, they’re not quite sure how to proceed. If you’ve been doing everything on your own up to this point, handing over control of even … Read more

Top 10 Ways to Keep in Touch with Clients

We all know REALTORS® whose client base consists of 100% repeat and referral business. It’s an amazing achievement, and a goal many other real estate professionals aspire to reach. But how do they get there? Are they just lucky? Or … Read more

Small Space Living — 7 Ways to Make it Great

The Tiny House Movement is one of the fastest-growing housing trends in recent memory. Tiny houses are fully functional mobile living spaces that measure from 100-400 square feet. Obviously, fitting all of life’s necessities in such a tiny space poses … Read more

Are You Ready to Build a Team? Ask Yourself 5 Questions.

There comes a point in every real estate agent’s career when they realize they could greatly grow their business by forming a team. For some, this realization comes and goes without much thought; they are committed to being solo agents … Read more

Bank on It — Home Improvements that Add Value

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when home improvement projects take center stage. Whether you’re preparing to put your home on the market, or simply want to spruce it up and make some upgrades for your own enjoyment, … Read more

Top 10 Green Home Features

Whether building a new house from the ground up or remodeling an existing home, adding green features just makes good sense. Not only are they often more energy efficient and money-saving, they help preserve and protect natural resources and can … Read more

Make Your Mark: 5 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Stand Out

If it seems like everyone you meet knows someone who is “in real estate,” there’s a good reason for that. There are approximately 2.5 million licensed real estate agents in the United States. But, only about 20 percent of those … Read more

Boost Curb Appeal for Under $100

You know that one house on the block that always catches your eye as you drive by? It just has that certain something that always makes you look twice and think “what a cool house!” That something is called curb … Read more

Transform a Home Into a Summer Oasis

Whether you’re preparing a home for listing during the summer months, or just want your own living space to feel cool, comfortable and seasonally appropriate, there are several things you can do to make that happen. Of course, you can’t … Read more

Applying for a Mortgage? Don’t Make These Mistakes.

Pair of hands protecting a house made out of currencyApplying for a mortgage is exciting, because it’s the first step toward becoming a homeowner. But the process can also feel invasive, intimidating, and a little overwhelming. After all, it’s not every day that someone you don’t really know takes … Read more

Made for Each Other: How to Define the Perfect Client

Imagine your schedule filled with only the clients you absolutely love working with. Many REALTORS® spend a good portion of their careers wishing to work with the ‘perfect’ clients, but never really finding them. They often think choosing to work … Read more

Bridging the Gap — Working Across Generations

Millennials. Gen X’ers. Baby Boomers. You might not realize it, but there’s a good chance you will have clients from every one of these generations at at some point in your career (if you haven’t already). Today’s home buyers and … Read more

It’s the Little Things — Tips for Moving with Kids & Pets

Let’s face it, buying or selling a home and moving across the country or even across town is one of the most stressful life events we experience. Throw in a few kids and a pet or two, and you’ve exponentially … Read more

Productivity Boosters — Get More Done Every Day

Maybe you’re just starting out in the real estate industry or your career is already established, but you’ve hit a plateau. Whatever the case may be, it’s always good to step back and re-evaluate your business practices and find ways … Read more