Which season is prime time for homeselling?

The art of choosing a particular season to sell doesn’t require a meteorology degree. Before clients decide the time is right, they need to delve in and do thorough homework about market conditions with a real estate agent …

4 urgent to-dos that will set you up for future success

Summer’s almost over. As you plan your last summer trip or barbecue to send the season off right, don’t forget to take the time to plan your business through the end of the year and plan for success …

3 opportunities to swim in referrals this summer

American entrepreneur, P.T. Barnum famously said, “Without promotion, something terrible happens — nothing.” Many small business professionals, including real estate professionals, are shy about promoting their businesses. They might think, “Of course my clients will refer me; I don’t want to pester them by asking or reminding them to do it.” …

Illinois real estate summer forecast shows steady growth

Although inventory has tightened year-over-year, the Illinois real estate market continues to topple last year’s numbers, according to a report from the Illinois Realtors. With lower availability than last year, the demand for homes continues to grow, …

Were it not for the rest of the world’s self-entanglement, the US would be rocking

This week was an exercise in perspective, stocks versus bonds and mortgages, and here versus over there. In a week with little new U.S. data (apartments hot, single-family not), bonds and mortgages stayed the same — which is remarkable, given the perf…

3 ways to engage past clients this fall

Autumn is a season of change. Summer fades fast, temperatures fall, and homeowners are faced with new challenges and opportunities. Many agents send annual clean-up reminders, but there are other opportunities for meaningful engagement …

NAR’s pending home sales index slips in June, but not by much

Pending home sales in June may have backslid slightly from this summer’s hot streak, but sales are still up considerably compared to a year ago, according to the most recent numbers released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) …

Opinion: 3 reasons the MLS should declare its independence from NAR

So I began thinking: Revolution. Freedom. Independence Day. Who needs independence? Well, I want to be independently wealthy, but that’s not much of a blog. And then it hit me. It’s time for the MLS to declare its independence …

Buying beats renting in all 100 largest U.S. metros

Trulia study finds advantage is smallest in Honolulu, San Francisco, NYread more

Architectural designs to cool summer heat

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