Real Estate Industry

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Trending blogs on Real Estate Industry

By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 67
The name didn't sound familiar.  "So, who was it, again, who recommended that you call me?".  Again, they mentioned the name, and it still didn't sound familiar. I asked for their contact information, and made the call later that afternoon, to thank them for referring this new seller to me.  I wa...
By Andy Fulton
(Market Leader)
Comments 9
A Study of Agent Happiness The happiness of real estate professionals is a surprisingly under-discussed topic. Industry-focused real estate publications tend to harp on things like lead generation methods, email marketing best practices, and the importance of social media while sadly rarely touch...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 32
     I have been in the real estate long enough to know that successful transactions = money for all parties involved. I do my damnedest to get both sides of the transaction on the same page. I want what everyone wants: do what is right for the clients. Be fair and equitable in the transaction - ...
By Russell & Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
Comments 12
  I started my real estate career in May 2005. I bought and sold a home that year and thought this is something I think I can do! In the first 5 months I sold 12 homes! I was a big shot and earned more in those 5 months than I had in my whole life working other jobs. I had arrived and found my pu...
By Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer
(Gibson Management Group, Ltd.)
Comments 9
...I did not put it there.   Somehow, I am now the EDUCATOR of rental prospects using migration sites to find their new rental home. These sites RARELY provide a link to my website but they do provide my phone # which is why my outgoing voicemail message directs them to my web site....I also have...
By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
Comments 36
Friday I was asked by an agent if I knew "so-in-so" another agent in the area.  He was surprised that she dare ask to show a property on Easter Sunday, one of his listings.  It was owner occupied so it matters. In this area we have a lot of season residents so many homes are vacant starting in Ap...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 61
Oh How It's Changed, Real Estate in 1980 A look back may make you glad you didn't practice back in 1980 or it might make you wish you could go back in time. All agents worked for the seller. Their was no buyer agency. No disclosure was required.  The first year I was in business my license, MLS a...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 37
There are a lot of things they don't tell you in real estate school.  In fact outside of how to pass your real estate test there isn't much you know about starting and building your own business.  It looks easy on TV, show three houses, write an offer, go to closing and collect a check.  Fortunat...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA Condo Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 13
Does an Outstanding Loan Prevent an FHA Condo Approval? Last month, I was invited to attend a roundtable session in Washington D.C. as an industry expert for FHA Condo Approvals.  Prior to going, I inquired with my business associates and referral partners as what questions they would like to hav...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 2
  Think about this   Have you been around long enough to hear people make comments or ask questions about things that you have thought the same thing? Have you ever wondered what other people would have thought or how other people would have answered questions you were asked? http://DanMcGinnisAZ...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 1
More flood insurance information from Sarah and Lester Oswald.  Always good to have good informtion.  Anyone having property around Raymond Gary Lake or in the flood plain of Mud Creek in Idabel should appreciate this information.  FLOOD INSURANCE CHANGES        Even if you don't need it and are ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 2
  How much do you imagine?   As for myself, I am continually imagining things minute after minute, and I would think you are also, I have heard we have a few thousand thoughts a day, and I would think around 51% of them would be imagining different things we expect to happen. http://DanMcGinnisAZ...
By Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
(Austin Texas Homes, LLC)
Comments 1
On Saturday, my business partner wrote a cash offer for a home in south Austin. It was an older house, priced at $144,900 for less than 1000 square feet.Our client offered $155,400 cash and we didn't get it. Apparently, they received at least 18 offers. The market here is absolutely insane. The A...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Asociates)
Comments 12
SOUTHBRIDGE $137,500 OverviewMapsPhotos $137,500 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms1 Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 998 sqftLot: 26,400 sqft Location 243 CLEMENCE HILL RD.SOUTHBRIDGE, MA 01550USA Conrad Allen (508) 400-0438CAllen1995@aol.com    Listed by: CONRAD ALLEN...
By Sarah & Lester Oswald, Broker, Realtor, CDPE, CIAS, SFR , Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
Comments 16
FLOOD INSURANCE CHANGES        Even if you don't need it and are not in a flood plain, many flood victims are getting flood insurance due to the high cost of not having it when a flood comes. In 2009, Atlanta experienced heavy rains which flooded entire neighborhoods in a non-flood plain zone. Ho...
By Kasia Olek
(Aussie Real Estate Team )
Comments 0
  Copy and paste this link to our website for complete property details and pics: Beautiful condo. New carpet, fresh paint, living with fireplace. Combo dining. 2 beds with Pullman. Great closets. 1/2 bath down. Covered parking. Pool. Water and exterior maintenance covered by H...
By Enrico & Monica Roselli
(Realty World South Florida)
Comments 1
04/24/2014 @ 9:28:16 AM Month #2 brought a prospective buyer looking to spend 24K ! We continue to be disappointed with the lead program. We could have generated same if not more just posting on craigslist. Take it from me, if you want leads it`s best to go out and generate them yours...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
Comments 6
Hella M. Rothwell, presented this blog a couple of months ago that would be great to re-discover today. There are many useful ideas that can be used to further help guide your next real estate transaction. Use these suggestions as a starting point and customize further to your own specific situa...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
Comments 8
Today I read a post by Debbie Reynolds where she recapped what has changed in Real Estate over the last 20+ years. The one that stood out to me the most was that agents used to have to drive to the listing office to pick up keys for a showing… there were no lock boxes! Oh man, I can’t even imagin...
By Frank Gallinelli
(RealData, Inc.)
Comments 0
Have you thought about crowdfunding a real estate investment? Is this the Next Big Thing or a flash in the plan? What are the upsides? Anything to watch out for? While I doubt that anyone has all the answers (or any of them), I'd like to share my take on real estate crowdfunding in this, my lates...