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Get buyers homes! 7 tips for sniffing out off-market properties

Finding unlisted properties takes more time and effort than simply looking for homes on the MLS. But in today’s heated seller’s market, these tactics can help you stand out from the pack and help your buyers find their dream homes.
Tags: Service, Radio, Agent, Direct Mail, Housing Shortage, Inventory, FSBO, Public Records, Word of Mouth, Cold calling, Brokerage, Select, Seller's Market, Luke Babich

How to get the most out of your real estate investment

In this new normal, rental investments are proving to be lucrative options for investors. However, there are several important factors they should consider so they make sure they don't leave money on the table.
Tags: Investing, Service, Radio, Agent, Financing, Investors, Hotel Industry, Brokerage, Select, Long Term, Real Estate Investment, Access To Capital, Short Term Rentals, Property Portfolio, Investing Trends, Tax Advantages

Scaling your business? 5 pointers for successful growth

Whether you're expanding your brokerage, team or personal real estate business, here are a few pointers for growth that you can use to ensure an organic expansion — without sacrificing experience.
Tags: Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Hiring, Growth, Growing, Franchise, Scaling, Brokerage, Select, Mauricio Umansky, Hiring Right

7 daily disciplines that’ll make your business boom

Your best strategy for massive business growth results from the intentional activities you engage in on a regular basis. These disciplines will help you be strategic with your time and increase the number of opportunities available at any given time.
Tags: Video, Marketing, Business Growth, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Growth, Database, Lead Generation, Brokerage, Select, Thank You Note, Business Practices, Grow Your Business, Personalized Email

Real (Estate) Talk: What one realty firm is doing to boost Black homeownership

This year, the federal government has taken steps to recommit to fair housing, but what can be done locally? Here's what this Wisconsin firm is doing to help would-be homebuyers overcome barriers to homeownership.
Tags: Video, Homeownership, Opinion, Service, Radio, Wisconsin, Agent, Columns, National Homeownership Month, Brokerage, Select, Juneteenth, Black Homeownership, Own It, Lee Davenport, Building Black Wealth

The Real Word: Why are there discrepancies in appraisals?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. In this edition of The Real Word, they'll invite Warren Sumner to discuss the appraisal process, plus Dave Ramsey vs. eXp, and a property website that was awarded a Webby honor.
Tags: Video, Opinion, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Industry News, Dave Ramsey, Nicole White, Brokerage, Select, Byron Lazine, The Real Word, Warren Sumner

Compensation errors, wrong hires and other costly mistakes team leaders make

Having the right team can be a major boon to your business — provided you take steps to avoid these 10 mistakes that can undermine your team's success. 
Tags: Video, Management, Service, Radio, Mistakes, Teams, Agent, Team, Columns, Leader, Hiring, Team Leader, Brokerage, Select, Job Description, Buyer's Agent

7 must-have skills all great team leaders put above everything else

By prioritizing these critical skills, traits and principles, team leaders can handle whatever comes their way with grace, poise and enough energy left over to enjoy life.
Tags: Leadership, Recruiting, Values, Service, Radio, Agent, Team, Hiring, Details, Connection, Principles, Brokerage, Select, Great Leaders, Great Leadership, Team Leaders

Does your advertising paint a true picture?

In real estate, transparency should matter. However, there's a lot of self-promotional marketing in the industry that falls firmly in the gray areas between truth and fiction and along the seams between black and white.
Tags: Transparency, Opinion, Advertising, Marketing, Service, Radio, Agent, Honesty, Columns, Code Of Ethics, Select, Real Estate Advertising, Teresa Boardman

Agent/broker perspective: Do reality TV shows help or hurt agents’ careers?

Each month Anthony Askowitz explores a hypothetical real estate situation from both sides of the broker/agent dynamic. This time: An agent wants to appear on a real estate reality show, convinced it would bolster her career. How should her broker react?
Tags: Reality TV, Service, Radio, Agent, Columns, Reality Show, Brokerage, Select, Anthony Askowitz, Real Estate Reality TV

Blockchain is more than memes, wild price fluctuations and my old pal Elon’s tweets

Media Sourcery, Inc. of Austin, Texas announces our Cold Chain solution, built for Trust and Transparency Though many blockchain-focused headlines lately have been more concerned with Dogecoin, enthusiastic bitcoin conferences and price fluctuations, most blockchains have real utility in improving existing processes. The recent announcement of our Cold Chain solution is one of many such examples.For a real-world implementation such as tracking assets with temperature requirements as they move th...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Service, Korea, Helium, ESG, Blockchain, Elon, Austin Texas, Houston Texas, Dogecoin, Austin Startups, Joe Midura, Supply-chain, Topl, Media Sourcery Inc

Buyers relocating? How to guide them in a cross-country move

In this highly competitive market where agents outnumber homes for sale, every agent needs a competitive edge. Here's how to make helping relocating buyers yours.
Tags: Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Moving, Columns, Movers, Victoria Kennedy, Relocation, Select, Relocating, Moving Companies, Helping Buyers Move, Relocating Buyers

Full disclosure: Sellers fear transparency — here’s how to get past it

Sellers often approach disclosures with dread. Agents need to counsel them about the many benefits of disclosure, from building mutual trust to offering legal protection.
Tags: Transparency, Service, Radio, Agent, Disclosure, Brokerage, Select, Build Trust, Full Disclosure, Disclosure Omissions, Jenny Usaj, Unpermitted Work

What real estate agents need to know about laminate flooring 

As a real estate agent, it counts to be well-versed on flooring options. Whether they're selling or buying a home, your clients will appreciate your know-how and expertise in helping them problem-solve flooring issues. 
Tags: Service, Radio, Agent, Columns, Flooring, Hardwood Floors, Laminate Flooring, Select, Gerard Splendore, Flooring Colors, Vinyl Tiles

Lesson Learned: Giving 100% every time pays off

Real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week: Find out how Florida agent Dennis Bowers learned that every client is a potential game-changer with $70 million in referrals (from one client) to back it up.
Tags: Florida, Lifestyle, Service, Radio, Luxury, Teams, Agent, Columns, Naples, Lesson Learned, Luxury Lens, Christy Murdock, Dennis Bowers

The New Normal: Imagining the frictionless transaction of the future

With every sight-unseen offer, iBuyer sale, Knock Home Swap and contingency-free contract that graces a seller's inbox, one more cornerstone gets chiseled away from the foundation of the traditional sale.
Tags: Agent, Brokerage, Columns, Select, Service, Contingencies, Craig Rowe, Digital Offers, Digital Transaction, Electronic Signatures, Inspections, New normal, Sight Unseen, Smooth Deal, Smooth Transaction, Tech Tools

The New Normal: What if sellers become complacent?

The pandemic dramatically shortened the listing and selling process, and forced buyers to become decisive about what they want. Now that sellers have gotten a taste of it, will they become unrealistically overconfident?
Tags: Opinion, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Sellers, Brokerage, Select, Transaction, Multiple Offers, Listing Process, Appraisal contingencies, Multiple Counter, Offer Deadlines, Short Offer Deadlines

The Real Word: Can the appraisal process be color-blind?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. In this edition of The Real Word, they'll discuss racial discrimination in homebuying, NAR’s Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, and using TikTok as a real estate agent.
Tags: Video, Opinion, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Cryptocurrency, Industry News, Regrets, NAR, Nicole White, Brokerage, Select, Millennial Homebuyers, Byron Lazine

Offerpad is a more profitable flavor of iBuying: Mike DelPrete

Offerpad's latest financials strongly suggest that a less venture-funded, less tech-enabled, more real-estate focused and less breakneck version of iBuying can be (almost) profitable.
Tags: Service, Radio, Agent, Zillow, Markets & Economy, Brokerage, Select, Opendoor, Ibuyers, Offerpad, Ibuying, Mike Delprete

Tackling agent retention? 4 strategies for a stronger firm

You can’t predict when your agents will decide their time with your brokerage is done, but while they’re with you, you can work to support them. Here are a few effective ways to prioritize retention.
Tags: Leadership, Company Culture, Service, Radio, Culture, Teams, Agent, Retention, Brokerage, Select, Retention Strategies, Agent Retention, Teams Month, Theme-month-202106, Keep Agents, Keep Talent

Why agents and title agencies don’t always see eye to eye

While the title agency tends to bear its fair share of a transaction's detail-oriented work, it’s when communication and cooperation collapse that closings tend to be delayed. Here's why both companies need to work together and communicate clearly.
Tags: Communication, Service, Radio, Agent, Title, Aaron Davis, Closing, Brokerage, Select, Transaction, Closing Process, Title Agent

ThryvPay App Processes Payments for Small Business Service Providers

If you have a service-based business, ThryvPay says it has a payment processing solution that is less expensive, more flexible, and easier to use. And it is making the ThryvPay App available as a standalone app free of charge for non-Thryv customers. ThryvPay App and Small Business Service Providers According to the company, ThryvPay is the only payment processor specifically designed for service-driven small businesses and professional providers. And as more small businesses start their comp...
Tags: Sales, Service, House, Norfolk VA, Small Business News, Shawn James, Ryan Cantor Thryv, ThryvPay, Small Business Service, Small Business Service Providers

Aserto announces $5.1M seed to build authorization as a service

Aserto, a new startup from a couple of tech industry vets who want to build an Authorization as a Service solution, announced a $5.1 million seed round today from Costanoa Ventures, Heavybit Industries and several industry luminaries. The company’s two founders, Omri Gazitt, CEO and Gert Drapers, CTO, have decades of experience building some of the industry’s identity building blocks including SAML, OAuth 2.0 and OpenID. As the two founders considered what to do next last year, they felt that au...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Developer, Funding, Tech, Service, Gm, Seattle, HashiCorp, Cto, Gitlab, Casey, Draper, Oso, Gert

Looking for leads? Tap into these digital door-knocking strategies

Combining these digital door-knocking tips with geo-fencing practices will give you a significant edge over those who are relying on more traditional digital or print marketing strategies.
Tags: Video, Opinion, Marketing, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Digital Marketing, Marketing Strategies, Brokerage, Select, Geo-fencing, Bernice Ross, Digital Door-knocking

4 steps to building an effective agent recognition program

Great work can easily fly under the radar, especially in the hustle and bustle of real estate. Now more than ever, it’s crucial for brokerages to implement programs that help give credit where it’s due. Here's how.
Tags: Awards, Service, Radio, Agent, Recognition, Achievements, Brokerage, Select, Agent recognition, Agent Recognition Program, Superstar Performers

6 Tips for Proper Handling of Credit Card Information

With recent data breaches that put credit card and other personal information in jeopardy, consumers are understandably concerned with how businesses handle their sensitive data. Here are six best practices that your business can follow to properly handle customer credit card information. 1. Understand your obligation As a business owner, if you have a merchant account for processing credit card transactions, you are contractually obligated to safeguard your customers’ credit card infor...
Tags: Credit Cards, Sales, Service, American Express, CSC, IVR, Credit Card Information, SaaS Software, Product and Innovation, Payments & Billing

Trying to stay relevant? 3 ways for agents to build lasting value

For real estate agents, staying relevant is an active, ongoing process of understanding what clients value in life and adapting to their changing priorities. Here are a few ways to add value and build relevance within your community.
Tags: Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Relevance, Brokerage, Select, Client Expectations, Staying Relevant

Tired of paying for leads? How to switch from buying to earning

Are you over it? Sick of spending way too much on subpar leads? Last year, this indie brokerage took online portal buys down to almost zero, and instead, it diversified spending into community building, online marketing and direct mail. If you’re looking to wean yourself off paying for leads, here's where to start.
Tags: Service, Radio, Agent, Online Marketing, Lead Generation, Conversion Rate, Brokerage, Select, Erica Ramus, Buying Leads, Led Gen, Circle Prospecting, Bought Leads, Knowing Your Numbers, Print/direct mail

Here’s how this agent generated $108K on TikTok in 2021 (so far)

While others balked at TikTok, Atlanta Realtor Glennda Baker saw an opportunity to extend her brand by sharing real estate advice. With 7 million views and $108,000 in GCI in 2021 thus far, she knows a thing or two about working it on TikTok. Here’s how she does it.
Tags: Video, Technology, Marketing, Social Media, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Lead Generation, Live Video, GCI, Select, Tiktok, Jimmy Burgess, Glennda Baker

New, pending, existing: What you should know about today’s market

This week, Inman looked at what you should know about pending sales, new-home sales and existing-home sales. Here, Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives into where the market stands on those metrics and more.
Tags: Video, Housing Market, Service, Radio, Agent, Columns, Mortgage Rates, Inman, Markets & Economy, Brokerage, Select, Pending Home Sales, Existing-Home Sales, Matthew Gardner, Ownership Housing