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What you need to know before investing in a damaged home

What agent hasn’t been there? Your client finds a house that draws them in. It’s in the right neighborhood, within budget and has the potential to explode in value over the next few years. However, the home’s a fixer-upper or has weathered serious damage from past residents. There are signs of mold on the ceiling, […]

Are you tracking the right metrics for your business’ growth?

Keep track of the number of people you contact each week as well as how you engage with them. Source: click here

How to create a culture that inspires agent retention

Across industries, employees seek out receptive, engaging and adaptive work environments. But what is the secret sauce for hiring and keeping talent? How can you create, develop and sustain the culture needed to entice and retain top performers? Source: click here

How to make homebuying smoother for untraditional clients

With the increasing prevalence of unmarried homebuyers — couples, platonic friends and family members — it’s more important than ever for agents to provide guidance to protect clients by asking the right questions upfront. Source: click here

Rent prices rise 3%: CoreLogic

Rent for single-family homes remains steady, according to new CoreLogic data released Tuesday. Nationwide, monthly rent for single-family homes grew by 3 percent in August, down modestly from 3.1 percent during the same period last year. According to RentCafe, this puts the average national rent at $1,472 a month. CoreLogic “National rent increases have settled in […]

Actor Elijah Wood lists Hobbit-style bungalows for $2M

Elijah Wood’s two-house Venice, California compound is on the market and it looks like it came straight out of a “Lord of the Rings” movie. As first reported by the Los Angeles Times, the actor known for playing Frodo Baggins in the classic film trilogy has listed his two-bungalow compound for $1.995 million. Together, the […]

The difference between an agent and a Realtor, explained

Are the terms “real estate agent” and “Realtor” interchangeable? Those inside the industry know that they’re not, but they also know it seems to be a bit of an industry secret — many consumers aren’t sure at all what the difference is between a real estate agent and a Realtor, or whether there even is […]

Compass and Opendoor CEOs won’t attend controversial Saudi tech conference this month

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin wasn’t invited. Opendoor CEO Eric Wu was but won’t attend this year’s Future Investment Initiative event. Source: click here

Pulse: 45 ways to respond to ‘I don’t want to commit to an agent’

We asked, and you all came out in droves to share your best responses. Here are our favorites objection handlers for “I want to look at houses, but I don’t want to commit to a specific agent.” (Stay tuned for a new survey question Wednesday!) Source: click here

Larry King lists opulent Beverly Hills mansion for $17M

Two months after announcing that his divorce from his seventh wife, Larry King listed the couple’s Beverly Hills mansion for $16.995 million. Westside Estate Agency’s Kurt Rappaport is the agent representing the sale. The mansion, which the famous broadcaster and CNN host bought in 2007 for $11.75 million, is a real behemoth. It sits at […]

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