The real estate industry locks horns

The real estate industry is butting heads in ways I have not witnessed in 25 years. This is a bighorn square off with some mighty young challengers entering the fray.

Trump Admin issues healthcare reform that will save Realtors big money

A new health care reform announced Tuesday could change the way real estate professionals and other small business owners get healthcare coverage.

Paying It Forward

In the following interview, John Bobo, broker, and Felice Katz-Bobo, agent, with HomeSmart Professionals in Lakeside, Ariz., discuss their brokerage’s community involvement, expansion and mentoring program. Region Served: Lakeside, Flagstaff, Payson and Lake Havasu Years in Business: John: 9; Felice: 4 Number of Offices: 4 Number of Agents: 50 No. 1 Tip for Getting the […]

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Teamwork and Collaboration

In the following interview, Todd Priest, broker of HomeSmart PV & Associates in Modesto, Calif., discusses the advantages of the brand, challenges in the market, and more. Region Served: Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced and Fresno Counties Years in Real Estate: 28 Number of Offices: 3 Number of Agents: 267 Best Time Management Tip: Keep things […]

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Integrating Personal Interest With Valuable Real Estate Knowledge

In the following interview, Chris Carbone, owner and principal broker of HomeSmart Homes and Estates in Montgomery, N.Y., discusses the advantages of the brand, market trends, and more. Region Served: Lower Hudson Valley Years in Real Estate: 19 Number of Offices: 3 Number of Agents: 52 Top Tip for Staying Organized: Carve out time for […]

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Tech Connect NY 18: Live problem solving II

One of the many beneficial sessions at Inman Connect New York is “Tech live problem solving” at Tech Connect, where the pros discuss audience queries and work through issues live onstage …

The Evolution of Teams

Teams continue to grow in popularity and effectiveness. In fact, according to research, team transaction rates are growing at a faster rate than those of top-producing agents. Let’s take a look at the past, present and future evolution of teams. Phase 1: Partnerships Initial adopters of the team concept were usually friends and colleagues. Each […]

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2017 will go down as a big year for real estate M&A

We projected 2017 would be a “good, but not great year” for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the real estate space, and what unfolded was quite significant, including the biggest brokerage acquisition in decades, an ongoing fight for California market share and a busy stint for large regional independent firms …

Keeping Pace in a Fast-Selling, Multiple-Offer Market

In the following interview, Terry Jones, broker/owner of HomeSmart Real Estate Associates in Seattle, Wash., discusses the advantages of the HomeSmart brand, the local market, technology and more. Region Served: Bellevue, Seattle and Tacoma Years in Real Estate: 28 Number of Offices: 3 Number of Agents: 135 Favorite Part of Your Job: Teaching and role […]

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Jim Sparkman: Giving Agents an Advantage With Education

In 2013, Jim Sparkman, Donald Sturgeon and Mark Farrow were all real estate agents at a firm in Salem, Ore., when all three individually had discussed leaving that brokerage and going in a different direction. Sparkman came up with the idea of the three joining forces to form a HomeSmart Realty Group, a model the […]

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