Should agents work with friends? It depends who you ask

A crucial part of any real estate agent’s business comes from referrals within their own sphere. But what happens when a close friend or family member opts to transact alone or with another agent?

Real estate deal in trouble? Here’s how to save it

How many times have you had a real estate transaction crumble before your eyes? Whether you’ve been in the business for six months or 10 years, odds are you have had your share of nightmarish deals …

How to make the most of time away from work

For 37 years, Bill Watts was a Methodist pastor. Now he tends to a different flock. As employee relations manager for the SH Enterprises family of realty-related companies in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Watts preaches about the importance of balancing work a…

How to prevent a client’s family from sabotaging your real estate transaction

There’s nothing worse than showing an awesome family 20 homes and having them find their dream home, only to have a relative parachute in like some evil saboteur, drop a bomb and blow it all up …

Professionalism matters: Business isn’t casual in real estate

In the early weeks of my real estate career, my first broker gave me sage-like wisdom that I’ve never forgotten …

Professionalism matters: Business isn’t casual in real estate

In the early weeks of my real estate career, my first broker gave me sage-like wisdom that I’ve never forgotten …

The best gift you can give for the holidays: You

The holidays can be a time of great joy or deep despair. Spending an hour or two with those who are older or alone might be the best gift you could possibly give …

Zillow ranks the best cities for kids

As much as it felt like your parents didn’t care about what you had to say growing up, child-friendly homes and communities are a high priority for homebuyers with young families, especially those moving to a new city …

Agents: Stop taking rejection personally — it’ll cost you

Handling rejection and the word “no” takes practice. It is tempting to take it personally, but it is best if we don’t — and it is important to keep in mind that everything isn’t about us …

Agents: Stop taking rejection personally — it’ll cost you

Handling rejection and the word “no” takes practice. It is tempting to take it personally, but it is best if we don’t — and it is important to keep in mind that everything isn’t about us …