Blazing a New Trail: NextHome Achieves Unprecedented Growth

How does a company break into franchising in 2015 and end up with 290 locations and 2,500-plus agents in 43 states just three-and-a-half years later? According to NextHome CEO James Dwiggins, it’s all about giving real estate professionals what they want: the flexibility to maximize profitability, automated technology solutions, and contemporary branding and marketing to […]

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Commitment, Dedication and Perseverance: A Foolproof Recipe to Continued Success

Faisal Susiwala, Broker, RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc. Brokerage Faisal Susiwala’s entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic set the stage for a prosperous real estate career For Faisal Susiwala, a broker with RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc. Brokerage in Cambridge, Ontario, graduating from high school and going to university had always been the plan. But that […]

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Is Amazon Embarking on Home Insurance?

July 16 is Prime Day, and this year’s deals feature double discounts on Alexa-enabled smart home devices, including Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, Amazon reports. As the marketplace giant gets more and more involved in the lives of homeowners, could consumers start to see offshoots into other home-related services? Amazon-run home insurance could be […]

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Luxury Market Swells With $1 Million-Plus Sales

The demand for luxury is staggering. According to the latest Luxury Home Index by realtor.com®, $1 million-plus transactions are up 25 percent year-over-year, with the average property snapped up in 105 days—a tightening window. “Continued growth in high-paying jobs and stock market inertia have reignited many luxury markets this year,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic […]

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What Do You Do When Inventory’s This Low? Innovate

From the beginning, Simon Chen has abided by a clear credo: to enhance, not replace. “It’s all about using technology in the right way to make the agent that much more productive,” Chen, CEO and president of ERA Real Estate, says. “The focus for us is to use technology as an enabler, and less as […]

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Demand Expands to Hot Inland Markets

California’s domination as the hottest housing state is weakening, as other affordable markets trend up, according to the latest ranking by realtor.com®. California dipped out of the top five markets for the first time in six years, with the Bay Area finishing at No. 6. Close to half of the top 20 markets in the […]

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Visa Programs Are Important for Real Estate, but Need Reforms to Stay Viable

While not apparent at first glance, many visa programs support real estate markets across the country. Visa holders purchase property, invest in property, keep other properties in good shape, provide capital for development and contribute to and stimulate property markets and economic development. However, these visas face challenges to remain viable: some are linked unfairly […]

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Buyers: Challenged by Student Debt? Consider Down Payment Programs

Student loan debt is one of the biggest factors impacting millennials’ ability to purchase a home. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), 80 percent of millennials do not own a home, and, of that, 83 percent say student loan debt is impacting their ability to buy. Millennials expect to be delayed from home-buying […]

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Converting and Closing Online Leads With a Proven System

In the following interview, Todd Hetherington, CEO of CENTURY 21 New Millennium in Alexandria, Va., discusses converting leads from online sources, recruitment and retention, and more. Number of Offices: 18 Number of Agents: 875 Your company, including your agents, have committed to software solutions for converting and closing more customers. What made this a top […]

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Commercial Drawing in Global Investors: NAR

Abroad and at home, the economy is firming up—and in the commercial market in the U.S., international investors are riding the uptrend, according to a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) report. In the last five years, 35 percent of commercial REALTORS® have had more commercial clients from outside the U.S., and, in 2017, 18 percent […]

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