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Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty hits $1B in Pacific Northwest, eyes expansion

When Deb Tebbs first called the Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) office about applying for a franchise, she had to explain where her city — Bend, Oregon — was on the map.A relatively small town with an 80,000 population at the time, the locale is now a trendy mecca for skiiers, a bit like the Whistler […]

Real estate regulators crack down on individual agent, team branding

California’s real estate regulator appears to be getting fed up with agents who mislead consumers into believing they are brokers — and with the brokers that support the practice — and it’s not alone.What constitutes misleading consumers? It could be as simple as an agent using a fictitious business name ending in “Real Estate” or […]

Rising home prices drive up homeowner debt, but don’t panic

Americans are paying more for homes, and the result is showing up in the form of red ink on families’ balance sheets.The mortgage debt accrued by the average homeowner has risen to $196,014, a 2.5 percent increase over last year and 6.4 percent higher than nine years ago, according to a new study by Experian.Source: […]

$25K donated to emergency airlift real estate agent in time of need

What was supposed to be a fun family getaway quickly turned into a living nightmare for Kim Hanlon, a real estate agent at Alante Real Estate in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Susana Higuera Murphy, Hanlon’s friend and founder and CEO of Alante, recounted the story on a GoFundMe page she set up to alleviate the burden of the […]

Daily market update: April 11, 2017

We’ll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest. Most recent market news: Mortgage Bankers Association’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index The MCAI increased 3.2 percent to 183.4 in March. A decline in the MCAI indicates that lending standards are tightening, while increases in the index are indicative of loosening […]

Celebrate Month of the Military Child at your real estate office

April is the month designated each year as the Month of the Military Child. Started in 1986 by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, the commemoration celebrates the important role military kids play within their community. It’s a time to recognize the unique sacrifices and challenges they face on a daily basis. Ideas for celebrating Military children […]

VA home loans: A great benefit in need of a 21st-Century renovation

It should go without saying that any Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit available to those actively serving (or for those who have been honorably discharged) should be modeled on efficiency, effectiveness and ease of use. But those of us who have had the opportunity to work with a veteran utilizing a VA loan know that the […]

7 tips for mastering the skill of spending money in real estate

When you master the skill of spending money, it’s so much fun. And making money on your purchases — well, that puts you on the break-out-the-champagne level. Not to mention, you will create the business and lifestyle of your dreams.If you’re a veteran who’s failing to increase revenue and profit at the pace you’d like, it’s time […]

The 4 best things you can do as a new real estate agent

New agent? No problem!We’ve all been there at some point in our careers — new to the industry, learning as we go.You might assume those with connections in real estate have an immediate advantage, but the successful agents in your area all began at the same starting line: Having to select the right brokerage, learning the […]

YouTube and marketing intel from a real estate video master

Ivan Estrada is known for his monthly YouTube videos, The Real Estate Minute, which he has been creating for four years and rack up thousands of views. Spread over three one-minute segments, these are newsy or magazine-like pieces in which he talks about haunted homes, showing a robot making dinner in a kitchen and everything between.Here he […]

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