5 reasons local indies are the future of real estate

The real estate industry has seen a rapid rate of mergers and acquisitions — but there’s also a countertrend where independent local brokerages are surging in popularity. Here are the top five reasons indie brokerages continue to distinguish themselves in a crowded field and demonstrate tremendous growth nationwide.

How to create a brokerage culture of inclusion

“You can fake a lot of things in this world, but you can’t fake culture,” said Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, president of leading New York City brokerage Stribling & Associates, in an interview with Inman …

Special report: the keys to a strong company culture

Real estate firms large and small are presented with the unique challenge of creating a sense of unity and pride among their agents who aren’t even employees, but independent contractors with a lot more freedom. Enter the idea of company culture, the focus of Inman’s latest Special Report, exploring what real estate professionals value most in their work environment and how leaders can foster a culture that promotes retention, productivity, happiness and a positive image …

5 keys to a great brokerage culture and happy agents

What would you consider most critical to helping your real estate agency grow? Chances are, you’re focused on commission splits, agent training, marketing and advertising, leads and inventory — all of which affect your ability to recruit and keep good real estate agents …

Attracting Top Talent Through a Culture of Community

In the following interview, Gregory Kelly, co-owner and general manager, and Joe Vorwerk, broker, of Sellstate Next Generation Realty in Ocala, Fla., discuss culture, recruitment, training, and more. Regions Served: Marion County, Lake County, Sumter County, Citrus County, Alachua County Years in Real Estate: 25 Number of Offices: 5 Number of Agents: 150 Many top […]

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‘My Door Is Always Open—Or Is It?’

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable this month discusses fostering culture and setting standards for leadership. Moderator: Robert Bailey, Broker/Owner, Bailey Properties, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations, NAR Panelists: Matt Deuitch, Designated Broker, DPR Realty, Scottsdale, Ariz. Christy Budnick, Partner/EVP, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, Jacksonville, Fla. […]

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How can brokerages save money and stay competitive?

Thad Wong, co-founder of @properties, says the biggest change happening for brokerages right now is a major movement toward reducing costs. The trick to doing that while still remaining competitive is to replace certain expenses with valuable, competit…

Gaining an Edge in NYC

NAR Brings Broker Event to the Big Apple In its latest broker-targeted educational event, the National Association of REALTORS® hosted the Broker’s Edge in Midtown Manhattan last week. The one-day event on July 18 featured high-level keynote speakers covering a range of issues from cyber security to economic predictionfs, and panel discussions focused on strategies […]

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Leading by Example Key to Attracting Top Agents

In the following interview, Gretchen Pearson, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties in Danville, Calif., discusses the firm’s approach to acquisitions, culture, recruitment, and more. Region Served: Northern California and Northern Nevada Years in Real Estate: 33 Number of Offices: 37 Number of Agents: 1,031 Average Sales Price: $495,553 What is the first thing […]

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4 simple business boosters you should implement today

It is a pleasure to work with so many talented people in our industry every week. The passions that the majority of real estate agents have for helping people find happiness in homeownership inspires me to keep writing …