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2012 

The idea of a forged deed may sound pretty unusual to you; probably the only time you've heard the term was when you were studying for your real estate exam. (Hopefully you remember that forged deeds are one of the title defects covered by both standard and extended policies of title insurance.) ...
Posted about 2 years ago
Agents should see FSBO properties as an opportunity: you’ve just identified a property owner who wants to sell his home. All you have to do is convince the wary seller to list their home with you instead of going it alone. Need some advice on how to make that happen? Doug Rogers has several good ...
Posted about 2 years ago
Welcome back to our Instructor of the Month series. This month, we’re talking with Jim Cunningham, who teaches real estate courses at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA. Rockwell: How long have you been teaching? Jim: I began teaching in Colorado in 1984 with a course in oil and gas law. I...
Posted about 2 years ago
Put yourself in the position of one of your buyers: they’ve just had a $200,000 offer accepted on a new home, and now they’re finguring out how much cash they’ll need for closing. They discover that, on top of costs like a loan origination fee, prepaid interest, reserves, and title insurance, the...
Posted about 2 years ago
In case you haven't heard, Facebook is changing business fan pages to the new Timeline format as of March 30. If you've already changed over to the Timeline format on your personal page, you may be familiar with the overall look. But this blog post from Elizabeth Straessle highlights some of the ...
Posted about 2 years ago
Today we're reviewing another quick, inexpensive lunch option for our Bellevue real estate students: Taqueria El Rinconsito. Located in an unassuming strip mall just a few blocks from our office, El Rinconsito is a very casual eatery, complete with blaring music and fast-food restaurant plastic b...
Posted about 2 years ago
As we've said before, when preparing for the real estate exam, it's important to have a conceptual understanding of what you're being tested on. There will be times, however, when straight memorization is called for. With this kind of material, mnemonics can be very useful as a memory aid.   When...
Posted about 2 years ago
In this tough market, new agents need every bit of help they can get, and even seasoned real estate agents could use some tips on staying competitive. That's where David Rathgeber's book, Agent's Guide to Real Estate: Power your Career to Financial Success and Personal Happiness (Kindle edition, ...
Posted about 2 years ago
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