31 unexpected encounters of the home-sales variety

When your job involves selling (and showing) the private property of other humans, it’s fair to say that you experience some pretty weird things. We gathered stories from real estate agents across the country who found (or did) something unexpected dur…

How to merge your real estate brokerage without regrets

The merger-and-acquisition path is littered with casualties. Ryan Abbe, managing director of San Francisco-based M&A adviser and real estate investment banking group JMP Securities, says that’s because the little guys can “die in these big organizations,” and giants often find it difficult to embrace smaller firms …

33 high-return promotional ideas that clients will love — and remember

Can “coozies.” Keychains. Notebooks and pens and flashlights and bottle openers. The world is packed with generic promotional items that include a spot for slapping on any real estate agent’s name and logo, ready to ship off to your sphere of influence…

How old-school titans are joining forces with new indie brokerages

The notorious sex, music and art confab dubbed Burning Man is under siege by the wealthy and luxury set with their million dollar RVs, runway models and celebrity DJs spinning until 8 a.m in the dusty Nevada desert. An epic event contorted into a nightclub in the sand. Another iconic gathering of the artistic and free is Austin’s South by Southwest conference, which has been hijacked by monied marketing directors …