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The Real Word: Did this listing video go too far?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll discuss the listing video that elicited shocked responses from viewers and agents, things the real estate industry should be grateful for and CoStar’s acquisition.
Tags: Video, Real Estate, Opinion, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Brad Inman, Nicole White, Brokerage, Select, Listing Video, Byron Lazine, The Real Word, The Smith Group

Real estate professionals gave back at record levels amid virus: NAR

Volunteering and charitable donations among members of the National Association of Realtors were up from 2018, the last time the trade organization's CARE survey was taken.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Giving Back, Industry News, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Select, Realtor Associations, Agents Giving Back, Broker Owners, Brokerages Giving Back

Take stock! 4 tips for tying up loose ends before year-end

Have you reviewed what went well, what didn’t, and what you still have left to accomplish this year? There is a lot of value in making an end-of-year assessment and closing the loop on any lingering projects before the clock strikes midnight, and we’re on to 2021.
Tags: Goals, Service, Radio, 2020, Teams, Agent, Columns, Year End, Select, 2021, Adam Hergenrother

5 things to factor into your team’s 2021 business plan

Now that we're nearing the end of the year, it's time to tweak, edit and rewrite your business plan to ensure your team hits the ground running in 2021. Here are a few things to think about.
Tags: Business Planning, Data, Service, Radio, Efficiency, Teams, Agent, Vision, Business Plan, Brokerage, Select, Leverage, Kathleen Black

Does NAR’s fair housing simulation work?

NAR's mythical town of Fairhaven is meant to shed a realistic light on discrimination in the industry. But how does it stack up against standard fair housing classes? Here's one broker's experience.
Tags: Opinion, Service, Radio, Agent, Simulation, NAR, Fairhaven, Brokerage, Select, Fair Housing, Teresa Boardman, Fair Housing Laws, Fairhaven simulation

3 tips for wrapping up 2020 on a positive note with your team

As we enter into a new year, it's important to review your team's strengths and weaknesses, and adapt accordingly. Here's how to prepare your agents to close out 2020 with energy and positivity.
Tags: Goals, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Team, Fourth Quarter, James Harris, Brokerage, Select, Q4, David Parnes, Goal Making, Team Exercise

4 essential management responsibilities team leaders must nail

Here are a handful of management responsibilities team leaders need to own as we head into a new year.
Tags: Opinion, Management, Service, Radio, Manager, Teams, Agent, Columns, Team Leader, Brokerage, Select, Team Leaders, Chris Pollinger, Management Responsibilities

Pandemic relocation, confidence driving Canadian market: RE/MAX

As the pandemic rages on both sides of the border, confidence that the market will come out strong is fueling many Canadian homebuyers.
Tags: Analysis, Radio, Canada, Agent, Christopher Alexander, Markets & Economy, News Brief, RE/MAX, Canadian Real Estate, Coronavirus

Overpriced listing? How to persuade clients to drop that number

If your overpriced listing needs needs a reduction, now’s the time to talk to your sellers. Here are a few strategies and scripts to expand your price negotiation skills.
Tags: Video, Service, Radio, Agent, Price, Market, Columns, Home selling, Brokerage, Select, Home Seller, Price Reduction, Bernice Ross, Listing Appointment, Price Declines

Pulse: How are you spreading holiday spirit to your community?

With the holidays just around the corner, we want to hear from you about the many different ways you're bringing some much-needed cheer to your community — while staying top-of-mind.
Tags: Holidays, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Pulse, Holiday Spirit, Agents, Holiday Cheer, Brokerage, Select, 2021, Holidays 2020, Theme-month-202009

Expanding your leadership team? 3 tips for finding the right person

Before hiring talent, consider a few things. Defining the process, evaluating a candidate thoroughly and making the best chemistry match will ensure a perfect fit and elevate your brokerage's performance.
Tags: Leadership, Interview, Leaders, Recruiting, Service, Chemistry, Radio, Teams, Agent, Candidates, Team, Leadership Team, Brokerage, Select, Indie Broker, Kevin Woody

Stop the toxicity! 9 tips for avoiding bad behavior online

Do yourself a favor, and work on eliminating toxic people and their thoughts. Hit the flush handle, and enjoy the time you spend online. Here’s how.
Tags: Internet, Opinion, Lifestyle, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Industrial Internet Of Things, Select, Jay Thompson, Toxicity

7 ways to connect with first-time millennial and Gen Z buyers

To appeal to millennial and Gen Z buyers, you should familiarize yourself with their comfort zones, priorities and the challenges they face now. Here's what you need to know.
Tags: Social Media, Service, Radio, Agent, Online Reviews, Millennial, Baby Boomers, Generation Z, Gen Z, Brokerage, Select, Homebuyers, Ben Mizes, COVID-19, Gen Z Homebuyers

Stuck with moving boxes? 10 ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

If you're a new agent, at some point, your clients will likely ask you about the best way to dispose of their moving boxes. Here are a few ways you can help them avoid sending cardboard to a landfill.
Tags: Storage, Organization, Service, Radio, Agent, Recycling, Reuse, Landfill, Moving, Cardboard, Bill Gassett, Brokerage, Select, Moving Boxes, Cardboard Box

Pulse: The state of the indie broker going into 2021

This week, our readers respond with their thoughts on the fate of independent brokerages. Are these businesses primed for success going into the new year?
Tags: Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Pulse, Agents, Indies, Brokerage, Select, 2021, New Agents, Indie Brokerage, Indie Brokers, Theme-month-202009

Sotheby’s agents sweat it out to raise $31K for food relief fund

Sotheby's International Realty and fitness company Barry's teamed up to raise money for World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides chef-cooked meals to those in need.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Barry, Giving Back, Sotheby's International Realty, Jose Andres, Sotheby, Brokerage, Select, World Central Kitchen, Agents Giving Back, Coronavirus, Giving back to community, Deirdre O’Connell, Robin Walpert, Vannessa Kaufman

5 ways indies are preserving their culture in a digital work world

Here are a few strategies some indie brokers are implementing to try and keep their company's culture going strong in a largely remote work world.
Tags: Lifestyle, Social Media, Company Culture, Virtual Conference, Radio, Culture, Volunteer Work, Community, Agent, Remote Working, Self-care, Brokerage, Select, Face Masks, Michael Rossi, NAR Conference

How to handle buyer’s agent commissions when a seller won’t pay

Though relatively rare today, some agents foresee a future in which buyers are responsible for their agents' commissions. That could pose a challenge for buyers — though some agents have already figured out solutions.
Tags: Analysis, Chicago, Radio, Pennsylvania, Agent, Industry News, Closing Costs, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Select, Commissions, U.S. Department of Justice, Closings, Exp Realty, Buyers Tools, Leslie Ebersole

6 ways to add a personal touch to daily client communications

We're all doing business from behind our screens this year, but that doesn't mean we should give up the relationship element of a real estate transaction. Here's how to add a human touch to your communication.
Tags: Technology, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Team, Partnership, Testimonial, Local Businesses, Sphere, Brokerage, Select, Soi, Personal Touch, Client photos, Technology usage

13 things buyers need to consider before relocating

With people across the country moving in record numbers, it might motivate others to do the same. Selling a home and packing up to a dream destination might seem rather easy right now, but here are 13 things buyers should consider.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Moving, Select, Relocating, Cara Ameer, Coronavirus, Buyer Advice

The 8 mistakes to avoid when designing a virtual home tour

But without practice, these tours can be tricky to execute smoothly, even for seasoned agents. Here are common mistakes to avoid in order to maximize your success.
Tags: Sponsored, Radio, Luxury, Agent, Sotheby's International Realty, Blake Morar, Leading in Luxury, Sponsored Sections, Home Virtual Tours, Basics of video tour, Annie Ferrante, Joanna Sweet

How DIY TV shows changed homebuying trends

The growing interest in real estate TV programs has inspired more people to complete their own renovations—and altered how interested buyers shop for homes.
Tags: Sponsored, Buyers, Radio, Agent, Hgtv, Design Trends, RE/MAX, Leah Curtis, Fixer-Upper, How DIY TV shows changed homebuying trends

How to break into the lucrative REO market

Even in a busy market, listing agents typically handle only a handful of listings at any one time. With today’s environment of limited inventory and high competition for listings, resourceful agents are looking to new markets to generate leads. The niche REO market has traditionally been difficult to break into, but technology creates more opportunities […]
Tags: Sponsored, Radio, Agent, Radian, REO, Real Estate Owned, Grant Clayton, How to break into the lucrative REO market, Real Estate Owned Properties

3 resources every real estate pro should know about in today’s market

These tips could make the difference between handing the keys to a future client or hanging up the phone after running out of ideas.
Tags: Sponsored, Radio, Agent, Freddie Mac, Affordable Mortgage Lending, Buyer Financing, Carmen Mercado

Perfect the handwritten note! 5 examples you’ll want to steal

Correspondence is an art, not a science, but these tips will help make your handwritten notes, thank-you's and videos easier to create.
Tags: Video, Communication, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Select, Thank You Note, Handwritten, Christy Murdock Edgar, Sphere Of Influence, Handwritten Note, Kendall Bonner

Want to hit the ground running in 2021? Follow these 8 steps

To make the most of their time, agents need to hit the restart button now — before jumping into the new year. Cross out these actionable items, and you'll kick off 2021 right.
Tags: Marketing, Business Planning, Social Media, Brand, Target Audience, Planning, Service, Radio, Agent, Content, Growth, Branding, Lead Generation, Business Plan, Brokerage, Select

How smart tech can help reimagine homeowners’ home offices

Home office as becoming a must-have in today's environment. So, this week, John Clancy digs into the trend, discussing the upgrades and new technology homeowners should invest in for a more seamless at-home working experience.
Tags: Work From Home, Technology, Office, Service, Radio, Home Office, Working From Home, Agent, Zoom, Creston, Brokerage, Select, Videoconferencing, John Clancy, Brandon Doyle, Zoom room

The Real Word: Verify your sources always

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll discuss why agents need to verify their sources, how to update a home and holiday emails.
Tags: Video, Real Estate, Opinion, Housing Market, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Vaccine, Code Of Ethics, NAR, Nicole White, Brokerage, Select, Byron Lazine, The Real Word

Why I’m grateful for the lessons and hardship of 2020

It has been a year of unprecedented anxiety and hardship — the phrase “dumpster fire” keeps getting tossed around — but I can’t help feeling grateful for so much of what has happened this year and the resilience it has produced in all of us and in our industry.
Tags: Thanksgiving, Opinion, Lifestyle, Radio, 2020, Agent, Gratitude, Select, Troy Palmquist, Coronavirus

Read: Inman’s complete interview with CoStar CEO Andy Florance

Brad Inman sat down with Florance to talk about CoStar's business model, plans for Homesnap and a possible CoreLogic deal. By popular demand, we've transcribed the interview.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Agent, Industry News, Inman, Brad Inman, Florance, CoreLogic, Andy Florance, Select, Homesnap, CoStar Group

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