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FSBOs hit record low for third straight year

For the third year in a row, for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) transactions accounted for only 8 percent of recent home sales, the lowest share that the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has recorded in its annual Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers since the report was first released in 1981. FSBO sales hovered between 12 percent and 14 […]

Here’s the Soho condo Manafort allegedly used to launder money

Lots of news coming out of Washington today in Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into foreign meddling in the 2016 election: former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his protege Richard Gates have both been indicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges and arrested. Another former Trump adviser also was revealed to have […]

Trump’s ex-campaign head may have to forfeit these luxe properties

Today federal authorities charged President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort of wiring millions of dollars from offshore accounts. He allegedly did this to avoid taxes and purchase very expensive real estate (among other items). Should Manafort be found guilty, the U.S. will seek forfeiture of four of his properties that span across New York […]

Markets leaning toward a mortgage rate increase

No, it’s nothing to do with Halloween, not that I know of. And it’s not so much spooky out there as loopy. The credit markets are addled by the continuous flow of conflicting, weird and unprecedented information. Everyone is glued to the US 10-year Treasury note, as always, but in the past two weeks mesmerized […]

How to compete with Keller Williams before it grabs more share in your market

“I hate to lose more than I love to win.” That’s the motto broker-owner Jerry Holden lives by, and the success of his Ohio-based independent brokerage The Holden Agency is a testament to that: it has not lost any of its market share to big-name brokerage Keller Williams. Holden has three rules that he says […]

The nose knows: how to deal with smelly listings

I love the smell of freshly cut grass. To me, the smell evokes memories of spending pleasant summer evenings out on my deck with friends, watching my horses frolic in lush green pastures and the sun setting in a stunning watercolor painting of gorgeous color and light. To me, the fragrance of “eau de mow” […]

Facebook’s new targeting rules: What you should know

Facebook is having a moment, and not one of the fun, buzzworthy moments it’d like to be having. Amid swirling allegations regarding its role in the spread of disinformation during the 2016 presidential election, Facebook became the subject of a ProPublica report that revealed that Facebook’s ad targeting had allowed advertisers to target self-described “Jew […]

Why Paul Manafort’s real estate agent was forced to testify in court

Days before Paul Manafort was arrested on a host of charges related to special counselor Robert Mueller’s federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia, an Alexandria, Virginia-based Realtor who worked with the former Trump campaign chairman was forced to testify before a grand jury in connection with the probe. The news brings to […]

How to partner with investors in your real estate business

In this video, Chris Haddon and Jason Balin discuss working with real estate investors and how you can provide value to them. There are a lot of great investors out there, like developers, builders and multi-unit developers. You can expand your business by knowing how they think. Don’t make the mistake of writing off all […]

10 reasons most real estate agents fail

Imagine if a deadly disease hit earth causing a mortality rate even remotely near the failure rate of real estate agents — people would live in complete, utter panic. The failure rate in real estate is high — extremely high. Many people who were in your real estate class are unlikely to be in the […]

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