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Realtyzam might be the best accountant you’ve ever hired

Mon, 2017-07-24 05:00

For most real estate agents, keeping track of your numbers is the most tedious part of the business. If I were licensed again, I would hire an assistant to manage all of this for me before I closed one sale. Actually, I'd call someone on the way from the exam. And, I'd have that person use a system like Realtyzam ...

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How real estate agents keep their cars looking sharp

Mon, 2017-07-24 05:00

Real estate agents spend a lot of time moving from one place to another -- and in many locations, that means hours behind the wheel every week. The line between a couple snacks on-the-go and disaster area of a vehicle is very fine. So is the difference between used-but-clean and junker brimming with hazardous yard signs. So how do agents keep their whips looking sharp ...

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Gary Gold: What can you do today that’s great?

Mon, 2017-07-24 05:00

Real estate is a tedious business filled with lots of tasks. However, not all tasks are income-generating ones. The fact is there are days that we don’t feel like doing certain things, but we have to avoid getting in the habit of only focusing on busy work ...

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What does a real estate agent do all day anyway?

Mon, 2017-07-24 05:00

From a consumer’s first thought about making a real estate move to actually taking the leap (whether that means right now, next month or three years from now), the agent is incubator, initiator, action-taker, coordinator, scheduler, personal concierge, resource person, problem-solver, mediator, miracle worker, red-tape cutter, transaction manager and chief make-it-happen officer of everything else that doesn’t fall into the prior categories ...

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How real estate agents can overcome a low-inventory market

Mon, 2017-07-24 04:30

As a real estate agent in today’s low-inventory market, searching for a home can prove incredibly frustrating for both us and our buyers. You may want to throw up your hands and try to ride out this difficult time. However, the key to getting past this issue is to discover new ways to find inventory -- in the form of listings ...

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How to build a network as a real estate agent in a brand new area

Mon, 2017-07-24 04:00

It’s hard being the new real estate agent in town. Especially when the success of your business is contingent upon a solid network. Today, we’re going to breakdown three essential tips you can use to build your network and become the top real estate agent in your new area ...

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10 universal sales truths: Learn them and succeed in any service industry

Mon, 2017-07-24 03:30

Real estate agents who know and heed the 10 universal sales truths will excel in any service industry. Those who don’t, on the other hand, will have a hard time making even the easiest of sales ...

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The art of written communication: E-Male vs. Fe-Mail

Mon, 2017-07-24 03:00

Men and women have very distinct differences in how they communicate, especially via email. Understanding these differences and being intentional about how you choose to communicate minimizes misunderstandings while also increasing your effectiveness ...

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Win and close more buyers with an exclusive mortgage product

Mon, 2017-07-24 03:00

Real estate agents far and wide know financing challenges can make or break a deal, even if they have a preapproved buyer ready and willing to make a purchase ...

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Keys to building your real estate reputation

Mon, 2017-07-24 03:00

In the pre-digital age, marketing was straightforward: You placed an ad in the newspaper and sent out postcards. All marketing was physical ...

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Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case - The Guardian

Mon, 2017-07-24 01:00


The Guardian

Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case
The Guardian
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now ...
Kremlin denies setting up that other meeting with KushnerUSA TODAY

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Merged stock of Rockcastle and Nepi flat - Business Day (registration)

Sun, 2017-07-23 23:16


Business Day (registration)

Merged stock of Rockcastle and Nepi flat
Business Day (registration)
New Europe Property Investments (Nepi) and Rockcastle Global Real Estate have merged to become the largest property stock on the JSE with a market capitalisation of R95bn, but new investors have not yet embraced the stock. The combined ...

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100 largest alternative asset managers grow collective assets beyond $4 trillion - Consultancy.uk

Sun, 2017-07-23 23:02


Consultancy.uk

100 largest alternative asset managers grow collective assets beyond $4 trillion
Consultancy.uk
The largest holdings, on average, were in direct infrastructure funds, at around $53 billion on average, followed by real estate strategies at $47 billion on average across 30 companies. In terms of the second largest segment for total assets under ...

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This boring sector crushed equities over two decades - Stansberry Churchouse Research (registration) (blog)

Sun, 2017-07-23 19:08


Stansberry Churchouse Research (registration) (blog)

This boring sector crushed equities over two decades
Stansberry Churchouse Research (registration) (blog)
Before I elaborate any further, let me ask you a question: Can you guess what sector of the U.S. public real estate space has performed best over the past two decades? Grade A office space ... Europe is generally underserved by this business. The U.K ...

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Budgeting for new homeowners: Plan for additional expenses - USA TODAY

Sun, 2017-07-23 15:52


USA TODAY

Budgeting for new homeowners: Plan for additional expenses
USA TODAY
The stress and excitement of buying a house has come and gone — it's time to hang a welcome sign and call it home. But a new journey in budgeting begins once you've paid the closing costs and tipped the movers. Now it's time to learn to budget as a ...

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Should you buy or rent? What are the best neighborhoods? Here's our 2017 real estate study - Miami Herald

Sun, 2017-07-23 12:54


Miami Herald

Should you buy or rent? What are the best neighborhoods? Here's our 2017 real estate study
Miami Herald
These are some of the key findings of the 2017 Miami-Dade Real Estate Study, conducted by the polling firm Bendixen & Amandi International and the Miami Herald. One hundred of the area's top .... Fourteen percent came from Europe. For the first time in ...

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Homes Have Never Been More Valuable Than They Are Now

Sun, 2017-07-23 12:08

The national median home value has careened to over $200,000 for the first time, with a 7.4 percent annual gain rocketing it to a new high of $200,400, according to the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) in the June Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Values in 10 of the 35 major metropolitan areas assessed by Zillow are now within the $200,000 range.

Values are on a swift upswing due to low levels of supply and spiking demand. There are now 11 percent fewer homes for sale compared to one year ago, the Reports show.

“The national housing market remains red hot and shows no signs of slowing, even as some local markets like the Bay Area have noticeably cooled,” says Dr. Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow. “But even in areas where the housing market has slowed, home values are at or very near peak levels, selection is limited, demand is high and competition is fierce.”

Of the markets assessed, values in 13 are still below the national median: Cleveland, Ohio ($134,600); Pittsburgh, Pa. ($137,400); Indianapolis, Ind. ($138,100); Detroit, Mich. ($141,000); St. Louis, Mo. ($148,600); Cincinnati, Ohio ($152,600); Kansas City, Mo. ($159,400); Columbus, Ohio ($162,500); San Antonio, Texas ($162,700); Charlotte, N.C. ($174,800); Houston, Texas ($178,400); Atlanta, Ga. ($179,900); and Tampa, Fla. ($185,700).

Twelve of the markets assessed, however, are far removed, with some sustaining values at least three times higher than the national median: San Jose, Calif. ($1,013,700); San Francisco, Calif., ($854,300); Los-Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif. ($609,800); San Diego, Calif. ($548,000); Seattle, Wash. ($447,100); Boston, Mass. ($427,700); New York, N.Y. ($422,300); Washington, D.C. ($382,600); Denver, Colo. ($370,000); Sacramento, Calif. ($369,200); Portland, Ore. ($367,400); and Riverside, Calif. ($328,800).

The national median rent in the Zillow Rent Index (ZRI), meanwhile, has posted an annual gain of 1.1 percent, with the median rent totaling $1,422.

“Given these high costs and high competition, the most important thing you can do is get your finances in order so you know what you can comfortably afford, and find an agent who has experience with bidding wars and will help you stand out in a competitive market, especially if you’re buying for the first time,” Gudell says.

For more information, please visit www.zillow.com.

Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com.

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Agent Teams: Are They for Everyone?

Sun, 2017-07-23 12:07

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable this month discusses the advantages of and caveats about real estate agent teams.

Moderator:
Robert Bailey
, Broker/Owner, Bailey Properties, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Liaison for Large Residential Firm Relations, NAR

Panelists:
Alex Milshteyn
, Team Leader, Real Estate Associates, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel Real Estate, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mike McCann, Team Leader, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®, Devon, Pa.
Tom Skiffington, President/CEO, RE/MAX 440, Quakertown, Pa.

Robert Bailey: Whoever first noted that “two heads are better than one” recognized that people working together can accomplish far more than a go-getter working alone. That’s the guiding principal behind the practice of agent teaming, a growing trend that’s taking root in our real estate industry dynamic. It was also a lively panel discussion at the recent NAR Broker Idea Exchange, attracting agents and brokers from all over the country for whom the concept held interest and promise—and so, today, we’ve invited two of the panel’s experienced speakers, and a third pioneer in agent teaming strategies, to share their views and tips. Alex, let’s begin with you. Are agent teams the future of real estate?

Alex Milshteyn: I don’t know if they’re the future for everyone, but for agents with more business than they can handle by themselves, teaming is a great strategy. I jumped into it 17 years ago, but my first hire wasn’t another agent, but an administrative assistant to manage the operations and paperwork so that I could be out seeing clients. Today, I have four assistants and five agents who helped us produce $76 million in business last year, but I didn’t hire my first agent until I simply had more leads and more clients than I could possibly serve alone.

Mike McCann: I’ll second that. Forming a team is a slow, steady process—kind of like building a family because, in a sense, you do become family, growing together, having each other’s backs, everyone pulling their load. Our team of 16 agents and six full-time assistants closed more than 700 transactions last year—and even some 450 during the worst of the last downturn—but only because we’re fully committed, not just to our clients and our brokerage, but to each other.

Tom Skiffington: Glad you mentioned the brokerage, Mike, because the brokerage plays a big part in the success of every team. I like the team approach because teams bring together people with varying strengths that help us better serve our customers. I have several times encouraged agents to team up, but not everyone is ready to work with a team, much less to lead one. I like to be involved in the hiring of team members, for example, because of possible liabilities to the brokerage. And you have to have the policies and contracts in place to support your teams and help them grow.

AM: I understand that because, in some ways, the future of teams depends on how well brokers and states can work together to create laws that protect consumers but allow teams to work most effectively.

TS: Amen to that. I’m currently part of a task force in Pennsylvania devoted to examining the issue of agent teams and working to find solutions regarding the regulations that would be in the best interest of all parties.

RB: What makes a good team leader, and what makes a good team member?

MM: First and foremost, the leader has to be a coach and a working mentor. When I hire, I look for someone who’s fairly new, someone who has the ethics and commitment we demand, and who fits in with the team spirit. Someone I feel I can bring along to become a part of our working family so that we can all keep growing together.

AM: It’s your team of agents and admins who are helping you to build a brand, so you need to be aware of their needs and potential, and provide the support and systems necessary to help them do their best work.

MM: Every team is unique, as are the challenges and rewards they bring to their team members and brokers. It’s the synergy of the team working together that creates and sustains growth.

RB: Clearly, there are benefits to the brokerage when a team becomes successful.

TS: That’s true, but as we mentioned, not every agent is cut out for being part of a team, and not every successful agent can lead one. That’s why good brokerage leaders should strive for a balance between traditional and team models. We should be prepared to embrace the team concept, but we don’t need to cater to them exclusively. Part of being a great leader is recognizing the talents of your team and doing what it takes to help them reach and exceed their potential. And that’s true whether you lead an agency, or you lead a team within it.

For more information, please visit www.nar.realtor.

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Freddie: What Feeds the Affordability Perception?

Sun, 2017-07-23 12:05

Affording a mortgage payment is possible for many prospective homeowners. Why then, by all accounts, is unaffordability plaguing the market?

Researchers at Freddie Mac offered several takes on the answer in its latest Insight, suggesting that homebuyers having a hard time finding reasonably-priced listings are perceiving homes as unaffordable—a view that appears largely based in reality, if their only options to date have been out-of-reach stock. Moreover, the high likelihood for competition (i.e., bidding wars) is off-putting, both for first-time homebuyers and for sellers again entering the market. The latter’s hesitation, notedly, is tamping down already tight inventory.

“Thanks to very low mortgage rates, monthly mortgage payments are affordable for the average household despite currently high house prices,” says Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac. “Nevertheless, hurdles to homeownership arise from the difficulty of finding a house. The supply of homes for sale is very tight, especially starter homes, and underwriting requirements are more rigorous than they were in the past.”

Would-be homeowners are also not confident about their prospects because their incomes have stayed relatively flat compared to home prices—more evidence making the case for unaffordability, according to the researchers. Incomes have grown by an average 2.4 percent annually since 2012; prices, however, have grown an average 6 percent.

Both incomes and prices, as well, contrast sharply depending on market. In the Kansas City, Mo., metropolitan area, for instance, the current median income is enough to afford a median-priced house in almost every zip code; in the San Francisco metropolitan area, the current median income is not enough to afford a median-priced house in any zip code.

First-time homebuyers are facing additional hurdles: a lack of awareness when it comes to costs beyond a mortgage payment (e.g., homeowners insurance, property taxes), and of savings for a down payment. Obtaining a mortgage, however, is their primary roadblock, especially for those who may not have the credit scores and/or on-paper, stable earnings needed to qualify. Student loan debt obligations, too, can adversely affect their debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. One or all obstacles are—or seem—insurmountable, further fueling a sense of unaffordability.

“Many potential first-time borrowers are stymied by variable employment and income histories and the challenge of accumulating a down payment while simultaneously paying down their student loans,” Becketti says. “In fact, a high level of household debt, particularly student debt, poses perhaps the largest obstacle to first-time homebuyers.”

Homeownership—stripped down to just the mortgage payment—is affordable, the researchers concluded, but challenged by barriers that play a hefty role in the home-buying process.

Perception, after all, is reality.

Source: Freddie Mac

Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com.

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Learn How to Convert Social Traffic to Business Leads

Sun, 2017-07-23 12:04

You have a great website, social media presence and you run great ads. Then WHY are you not getting more leads? Conversion is the answer. Landing pages, squeeze pages and in-line conversion tools are the key. Learn what makes a great conversion strategy and how to build amazing conversion pages. Simply put, PNC’s latest What’s Trending Now Webinar will help you get more leads and write more business.

A Complimentary Webinar for Agents. Reserve your spot today!
When: Tuesday, August 15 or Thursday, August 17
1 Hour Duration: 9am PT / 11am CT / Noon ET

 

The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the speaker’s and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of PNC Bank, N.A. and should not be construed as legal or professional advice.

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