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Guard Llama lands $100K investment from ‘Shark Tank’s’ Barbara Corcoran

“Sharks, consider the guard llama. Docile, unassuming, non-threatening — at least at first glance,” Guard Llama co-founder Joe Parisi said before five of Shark Tank’s judges. “But when a predator approaches, this all changes. Llamas are known for charging predators head-on with deadly force.” Indeed, it’s not every day that real estate entrepreneurs walk onto a […]

Do you advertise on buses? What Scott Stratten (really) thinks about agent marketing

Scott Stratten’s got a beef with real estate agents. Actually, it’s not the agents themselves, it’s their marketing tactics. Stratten, who was named one of Forbes‘ Top 5 Social Media Influencers in the world and whose clients include the likes of PepsiCo and Saks Fifth Avenue, shared with us just what gets him so riled up when it comes to […]

Are Realtors making bank? NAR’s gross household income breakdown

Reposted from notorious-rob.com with permission from Rob Hahn. According to the 2016 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Member Profile, Realtors are making bank, yo! It kind of goes against what I’ve been hearing ever since I started in the real estate industry, so figured I’d discuss it with you all. Check this out: Now, according […]

What’s the new ‘geocoding tool’ that the CFPB mentioned in its mortgage rule update?

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a rather dry 150-page amendment proposal for Regulation C of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). However, buried within the proposal were some interesting clues surrounding a new geocoding tool that the CFPB is providing to help lenders identify a property’s census tract. What’s a census tract? Census tracts are […]

Sell quick or languish: Digging into luxury properties’ days on market

Concierge Auctions, the property marketplace for upscale buyers and sellers, has launched an annual index that reviews the top 10 properties in 27 of the country’s hottest markets and their time on the market. The Luxury Homes Days on Market Index and accompanying report were created to shed light on how time spent on the market affects upper-end […]

Indie broker hires goodwill ambassador to spread positivity

The Boutique Real Estate Group has added another person to its team, and it’s not another agent, marketing guru or office management whiz — instead, owner Raj Qsar opted to hire a “Goodwill Ambassador,” a person whose only job is to spread positivity wherever he goes. Raj Qsar The inspiration for this new position came from […]

Economist Jonathan Smoke departs from realtor.com, housing industry

Jonathan Smoke, who served as Move Inc.-owed realtor.com’s chief economist for nearly three years, has left the company for a position of the same title in the automotive industry. He was the real estate portal’s first person to hold that title. As for his replacement, “there’s an active search underway for a chief economist,” realtor.com […]

Lending process takes huge toll on Mother Nature

Homebuyers complain so much about the “mounds” of paperwork they have to deal with at closing that perhaps the term should become a certified, government-approved measurement. Until then, according to a new study, borrowers are going to continue to consume more than 260,000 trees a year just to buy their houses. That’s because the typical […]

Daily market update: April 19, 2017

We’ll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest. Most recent market news Thursday, April 18 HUD/Census Bureau New Residential Construction The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for March 2017. Building permits: Privately-owned […]

8 tips and tricks for getting listings as a new real estate agent

The biggest problem that new real estate agents face is getting listings. Getting sellers to list with you instead of buyers to list with you guarantees you get a commission if the property sells. If you’re working with a buyer, and you don’t have a buyer’s listing agreement, then you risk losing your client — […]

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