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Can misgendering someone violate the NAR Code of Ethics? It depends

At first monthly training session, National Association of Realtors members discussed whether supporting certain political candidates, using the wrong pronouns or opposing same-sex marriage could be hate speech.
Tags: Social Media, Radio, Hate Speech, Code Of Ethics, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Due Process, Select, Protected Classes, MLS & Associations, Realtor Code of Ethics, Bruce Aydt, Matt Difanis, Diane Mosely

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

CRM giant Salesforce to acquire communication platform Slack for $27.7B

Slack is Salesforce's largest acquisition. Real estate agents should expect to see pitches on how to integrate the communication software.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Teams, Salesforce, Technology News, Slack, CRM, Industry News, Technology Companies, Markets & Economy, Select, News Brief, Acquistions

NAR fills out advocacy team, touts it as ‘the envy of Washington’

Bryan Greene, Helen Devlin and Joe Harris are moving up the ranks of the 1.4 million-member trade group's lobbying operation.
Tags: Washington, Radio, Lobbying, Advocacy, NAR, Joe Harris, National Association of Realtors, Select, Fair Housing, Bryan Greene, Bob Goldberg, Helen Devlin, Bill Malkasian, MLS & Associations, Joe Ventrone, Bryan Greene Helen Devlin

Latter & Blum acquires top Louisiana rival Gardner Realtors

The acquisition further entrenches Latter & Blum's position as the biggest real estate brokerage in the Gulf South.
Tags: Radio, Louisiana, Gardner, Blum, Brokerage, Select, Real Trends, Swanepoel, Gardner Realtors, Latter & Blum, T3 Sixty, Glenn M. Gardner, Lacey Merrick Conway

Airbnb may actually be undervalued ahead of IPO: Study

A new analysis by consumer analytics company ValueChampion found that the coronavirus pandemic has actually helped Airbnb achieve greater dominance over the travel booking industry.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Technology, Wall Street, Ipo, Radio, Airbnb, Borders, Rentals, Expedia, Booking.com, Markets & Economy, Select, Pandemic, Property Portfolio, Coronavirus

Discount brokerage REX takes aim at ‘real estate cartel’

The brokerage is suing Oregon officials, including Gov. Kate Brown, for "antitrust" practices, alleging a law that bans brokerages from providing rebates harms consumers.
Tags: Lawsuit, Oregon, Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Rex, Kate Brown, NAR, Jack Ryan, Brokerage, Select, Buyer Broker Commission, Buyer Rebate

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

Home energy evaluator WattBuy raises $3.25M in series A

WattBuy, a web app for helping homeowners predict and understand energy usage raises more money as climate change's role in real estate continues to grow.
Tags: Apps, Technology, Climate Change, Radio, Venture Capital, Wildfire, Floods, Carbon Footprint, Series A, Industry News, Select, News Brief, Fund-raising, Wattbuy, Climatecheck, Floodzones

What we know about the luxe agent on HBO’s Christmas reality dating show

HBO Max released a Christmas-themed, reality dating show, and Douglas Elliman luxury agent Garrett Marcantel is one of three stars.
Tags: Video, Hbo, Reality TV, Instagram, Listings, Lifestyle, NFL, Radio, Luxury, Teams, Douglas Elliman, Select, HBO Max, Luxury Lens, 12 Dates of Christmas, Chad Savage

Offers from iBuyers are getting weaker: zavvie report

Total iBuyer purchases plummeted 82 percent year over year in Q3, according to the report.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Zillow, Redfin, Home Swap, Industry News, Select, Opendoor, Knock, Offerpad, Zavvie, iBuyer, Bridge Loan, Lane Hornung

EXp expands brokerage operations to Mexico

It's the sixth international market for the virtual cloud-based real estate brokerage.
Tags: Mexico, Radio, Keller Williams, International Expansion, Brokerage, Select, Exp Realty, VirBELA, Exp World Holdings, Michael Valdes

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

FTC sues CoStar to stop RentPath acquisition

The regulatory agency argued in a complaint that the move increases concentration in the rental listing space, eliminating the competition that drives advertising prices down.
Tags: Regulations, Radio, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Industry News, Select, Apartments.com, RentPath, Costar, ApartmentGuide, Christine S. Wilson

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

Mobile lead management and productivity app Quitchet makes solid upgrades

Quitchet, a mobile app for lead management and agent productivity, was first reviewed in 2018, and it launched with some bugs and UX challenges. It's since been updated, and now, it's ready for the open market.
Tags: Mobile, Technology, Opinion, Listings, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, Radio, Android Apps, Review Updates, Lead Generation, Select, News Brief, Lead Capture, Buyers Tools, Technology Reviews, Listing Search

Compass reorganizes regional leadership amid IPO chatter

Danielle Wilkie, who joined Compass in 2019, will serve as central president, a newly created position, to oversee 4,000 agents in markets including Colorado, Texas and Chicago.
Tags: Ipo, Bloomberg, Radio, Goldman Sachs, Compass, Morgan Stanley, Brokerage, Select, Colorado Texas, Peter Jonas, Kamini Lane, Danielle Wilkie, Neda Navab

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

With CoStar in the game, a new real estate chessboard emerges

People who have done deals with CoStar, or had a catbird seat in CEO Andy Florance's business dealings, say he's cunning, ruthless and plays to win. Sounds like Zillow, right?
Tags: Technology, Radio, Zillow, Rentals, NAR, Jeff Goldblum, National Association of Realtors, Andy Florance, Markets & Economy, Select, Realtor.com, Homesnap, Costar

October contract signings surge way beyond last year’s levels: NAR

The Pending Home Sales Index, an indicator of future sales based on contract signings, rose 20.2 percent from October 2019, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Tags: Sales, Radio, Mortgage Rates, Inventory, NAR, Lawrence Yun, Markets & Economy, Select, Home Prices, Pending Home Sales

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