6 Steps Brokers Must Take to Protect Their Role in the Real Estate Transaction

For many brokers and agents, worry is mounting that popular real estate listing portals will do to the real estate business what Expedia did to travel agents—that is, make their business model and role obsolete. The fear that keeps some brokers up at night is that eventually, these portals, which have been highly successful at […]

Ask The Expert: Making Moves in Mexico

Q: NAR Global recently announced a “Spotlight on Mexico” project, identifying Mexico as a market that offers the most business opportunities to agents from both Mexico and the U.S. Why Mexico, and what opportunities are available for agents to build their business? A: Mexico has long been one of the top three investors in the […]

The NAR Power Broker Roundtable: What’s Up Next? Predictions from Silicon Valley

The Power Broker Roundtable is brought to you by the National Association of REALTORS® and Jeff Barnett, NAR’s Special Liaison for Large Firm Relations. Watch for this column each month, where we address broker issues, concerns and milestones. Moderator: Jeff Barnett, Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations, NAR Participants: Therese Swan, Alain Pinel REALTORS®, Palo […]

Broker Best Practices: Buyers Abound as Market Continues to Turn

Dealing with a picky buyer can be a frustrating process. Dan Spransy, President of Realty Executives Cooper Spransy, has his method down hard. “I’ll bring the MLS up and let them drive it and see,” says Spransy. ”You can either raise your budget significantly or give up on that five-acre parcel to find that dream […]

Paid Leads vs. Prospecting – It’s Not ‘One Size Fits All’

There has been lively debate on the merits of prospecting for leads versus using a paid lead program. At realtor.com® and Top Producer® we provide both solutions—and what we offer is segmented by where your agents are in their careers. A newly licensed agent would have likely invested more capital than they planned– and there […]

Know the Risks of Adding Banks to Your E&O Insurance Plan

Do you want to share your E&O insurance coverage with a bank or even the government? Most real estate professionals would agree that this does not sound like a good idea. While we’ve seen a rebound in the housing market, the market still has a good share of foreclosures and bank owned properties. Over the […]

Weekly Video Tip: Lighting Diffusion

We’ve touched on a number of lighting subjects before; ND filters, color temperature, three point lighting. But today we’re going to dive into an advanced lighting idea that allows you to change the quality of the light you’re shooting with. Let’s take a look at diffusion. So you’ve probably figured out by now that you […]

Get More Done with NEW Top Producer® CRM Release

We’re super excited to be rolling out some new upgrades to Top Producer® CRM. It’s been lovingly made to help agents and brokers achieve great things. Top Producer® CRM keeps your business all in one central place and it helps you connect with customers and stay on top of your business. Managing your customers and […]

Realtor.com® Launches Rentals App for iOS and Android

Realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate, operated by Move, Inc., has announced the launch of the realtor.com® rentals app for iOS and Android smartphones. According to the company, with this new tool, consumers can now search nearby rental apartments, homes, condos and townhomes on their mobile phone, with approximately 90 percent of rentals listings […]

Power Broker Spotlight: Overcoming Inventory Challenges

Sometimes, in order to move forward, we must look at what was successful in the past. In the following interview, Dan Elsea of Real Estate One in Michigan tells us what retired home-selling tricks his company has been revisiting—with successful results! Dan Elsea President, Brokerage Real Estate One Michigan 2012 Transactions: 18,564 2012 Sales: $2,622,833,861 […]