Consumer Tips


    Scale Your Business by Being a Strong Team Leader (and Not Just a Cheerleader)

    If you have been a top producer in your office for some time and are ready for a new challenge, you may want to consider starting a team. Teams are the fastest growing segment of the real estate industry. They offer opportunities for growth and increased profitability. As a team leader you have the unique…

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    REALTOR® Charity Organizations Spring Into Action After Hurricane Ian

    Hurricane Ian, a category 4 hurricane, tore through Florida last week, with the Associated Press reporting Monday morning at least 61 confirmed deaths (so far), more than 1,600 saved by rescue efforts and 600,000 homes and businesses still without electricity. Last week, CoreLogic predicted Hurricane Ian to be one of the costliest storms in U.S.…

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    Games and Goals Alike Are Won in the 4th Quarter

    As we start the last quarter of the year it is so important to keep the agents on your team in the game.  The last quarter is the second-best quarter typically because it is the last 12 weeks of the year.  Goals are within reach.  Bonuses, commission increases and other contests, achievement levels and incentives…

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    5 Steps to Better Business Planning

    It’s hard to believe that we are quickly approaching Q4 of the year—or what I like to refer to as Business Planning Season. This is the opportunity for every agent and Team Leader to get clarity on their business, improve their systems, and implement new strategies so they can start the next year strong. Most…

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    Water Quality at Home: What You Need to Know

    Municipal water systems are required to test and monitor drinking water supplies to ensure safe and good-tasting water. But what happens once that water has been piped to towns, neighborhoods, and homes? Older homes may still have service lines made of lead going into the home, which can cause lead to leach into the water.…

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    What Is a Prescriptive Easement?

    If you need to use somebody else’s property for a particular purpose, an easement is a legal way to do this. This can be through an arrangement with the landowner, allowing you to use their land within certain restrictions. The definition of an easement is relatively straightforward. Easements allow nonpossessory interest for someone to use…

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    The October Issue of Real Estate Magazine Is Now Live

    The September issue of RISMedia’s Real Estate magazine is now available, and not to be missed are several exclusive features, including a look a look at how HomeSmart supports a future-focused approach so agents can succeed in any market and interviews with the finalists for RISMedia’s Real Estate Rookie of the Year award. On the…

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    Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities in Global Real Estate

    Sometimes, a little perspective is all you need to appreciate what you have. The U.S. real estate market may not be “perfect,” but its differences, when juxtaposed with other markets worldwide, can become more pronounced and favorable depending on whom you ask. This is even truer when trying to make sense of the nuances of…

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    Where Is it Affordable to Upsize to a Bigger Apartment?

    Among 728 U.S. cities it costs $199 extra on average per month to upgrade to an apartment with an additional bedroom, according to a new report on affordable upsizing released this week by RentCafe. According to the report, people renting in 83 cities—mostly suburbs—could enjoy an additional bedroom for less than $100 each month. Key…

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    United Real Estate Forges New Florida Alliance in National Expansion

    United® Real Estate has announced that a Jacksonville, Florida-based brokerage has joined United’s national network in a merger. The firm (formerly affiliated with a different national brokerage) will operate as United Real Estate Gallery moving forward and retain all leadership, the company stated. The partnership brings together the seventh largest national real estate brokerage operation…

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