Buying and selling tips from a man who flipped 3,000 homes

Partnering up with an investor can be a new and exciting venture for agents looking to build and expand their business. James Paine — managing partner at West Realty Advisors who has flipped an impressive 3,000 homes in 26 states — joined the brother…

How to avoid 2 ugly real estate train wrecks

My first real estate investing career in 2005 ended in smoldering ruins. I lost money on every property and eventually sold them off at a $150,000 loss. My second foray in real estate, however, has been highly successful. The difference: I have avoided…

You may not need Zillow — but you may want it

Zillow had a gnarly few days last week. Its CFO, Chad Cohen, resigned, and its stock tumbled another 10 percent — losing 7.7 percent on Friday alone, the day the overall market recovered from its Greek migraine. And, as more gook oozes from the Trulia…

3 ways to turn mundane business methods into recipes for success

Having unique processes that are readily available and well-supported for marketing, education and technology help agents succeed and can set your brokerage apart.

A Webby Award honoree’s recipe for recognition: Q&A

If you want to be an expert in digital marketing, spend an hour talking with Anne Marie Gianutsos, head of digital for real estate powerhouse Houlihan Lawrence. In a little over a year, she’s put into place a digital infrastructure that’s increased lea…

5 reasons template sites are killing custom design

The website script has been flipped: The price has been drastically lowered by competing vendors and the improvement of ready-to-use templates, and the latter has also made finding people to design it for you from the ground up pretty unnecessary. Here…

Can the right mortgage management software save lenders money?

At a time when all lenders are facing rising per-loan costs, increased regulatory pressure and tighter investor guidelines, many lenders are looking to lower origination costs and improve their profit margins, and one software provider says its mortgag…

9 questions brokerages should ask before hiring a marketing agency

Marketing your brokerage online and driving converting traffic to your website is no easy task. With all the metrics to measure success being out there, at which ones do you look? Have you set up goals correctly? Do you have a succinct content marketin…

What’s the payoff for real estate coaching?

In an industry where brokerages often leave agents to fend for themselves, many agents say they hire coaches to provide personal accountability and moral support. But the survey shows others view the real estate world’s “personal trainers” as hucksters …

Special report: How to deliver technology agents need

Money is pouring into real estate technology, and the sheer number of products available to agents has risen exponentially in recent years. In that environment, what agents want from brokers, tech companies and associations is help choosing and using t…