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9 ways to avoid a real estate ‘commissionectomy’

I’ve paid my fair share of money out-of-pocket to fix a mistake or make a client happy. But as I get wiser and more experienced, I get closer to lowering that amount to $0. Here’s what I’ve learned. Source: click here

How your sleep schedule affects your real estate business

Being a morning person or a night owl is really “a thing,” and you should let your clients and colleagues know which one you are. Source: click here

The top 8 winners and losers of Trump’s tax plan

To clear up much confusion over the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017’s impact on homeowners, buyers and investors, here’s a recap of eight top real estate winners and losers. Source: click here

Compass president riles up industry with opinions on tech

An opinion piece published on social networking platform LinkedIn by Compass President Leonard Steinberg titled, “Before Compass, Technology Was Barely Mentioned In Real Estate,” has the industry buzzing — and not in a good way. Source: click here

Here’s the new ‘it’ design trend for luxury condominiums

Move aside, glass — terra-cotta is back to reclaim its place as the “it” material for luxury residential and commercial projects. According to the Wall Street Journal, builders are increasingly choosing the aged, clay-baked ceramic thanks to luxury buyers’ demands for a more “traditional aesthetic.” The Journal notes that three of New York City’s most-awaited […]

Fighting back: How brokers are arming themselves for change

How are real estate broker-owners responding, adapting or changing? Here’s what Vanessa Bergmark, owner of Red Oak Realty, is doing. Source: click here

Zillow eyes acquisitions and growth in new $650M offering

Zillow on Wednesday announced a $650 million public offering, half in stock and half in senior notes. The real estate listings giant could use the money generated to fund future acquisitions and growth, it hinted in an investor press release posted Wednesday. But the money will not be used to fund Zillow’s purchase of houses […]

Compass rivals react to latest Chicagoland expansion

As relative industry newcomer Compass further expands its footprint into the Chicagoland area, competitors are welcoming their nascent rival. Source: click here

These agents are handing out 11,000 American flags this Fourth of July

For the past 19 years, Silvia Madriaga, Realtor with Walton County’s ResortQuest Real Estate, has been putting 1,000 flags around both her own and neighboring counties every Fourth of July. In preparation for this year’s festivities, the Florida Realtor has been placing American flags on the streets of homes in her local neighborhood, according to a […]

Buyers should take advantage of mortgage rate decline

Freddie Mac released its latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) results Thursday, which revealed that mortgage rates have dropped 0.2 percentage points week-over-week to 4.55 percent — the fourth decline in the past five weeks. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sam Khater says mortgage rates have stabilized over the past two months, a piece of good news […]

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