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By Alex Lehr The recent death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin initially posed a quandary for her four surviving sons. Because she didn’t leave a will, her $80 million fortune—including Franklin’s numerous real estate holdings—likely will take longer to divide, and the process could become very complicated. Although Franklin’s sons appointed her niece...

By Eric Mendelsohn Welcome to my 2018 preview of the fall season for buying and selling real estate in NYC! Market reports and the media tend to be reactive, so I want to express some thoughts that are more predictive. Although apartments are bought and sold year round, the main buying and selling seasons in NYC are the fall and spring months. These two time periods...

In the following interview, Matt Delhougne, broker/owner of RE/MAX Vision in Chesterfield, Mo., discusses generating leads, operating a team, and more. Region Served: St. Louis Metro area
Years in Real Estate: 19
No. of Team Members: 41 agents, 14 support staff
2017 Closed Transactions: 671
Goal for 2018 Closed Transactions: 1,000 You grew...

By Dorothy Schrager I've done my fair share of staging over the years, from small one-bedroom apartments to luxury high-end properties, from completely empty spaces to those that just look tired and outdated. Staging has become a hugely valuable and successful tool in selling real estate. Whatever the size or price, the ultimate goal is always the same: to enhance...

By Keith Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer, NextHome Technology. Disintermediation. Agent-enabled tech. Tech-enabled agent. Portals. And on and on. There's a battle raging across residential real estate and people are collecting banner men and women faster than the season finale of Game of Thrones. We keep hearing different versions of the same thing: “Who is going...

By Frederick Peters, CEO of Warburg Realty What do real estate agents really earn? Every year the National Association of REALTORS® releases data on the median income of its members. For 2017, the median income for real estate agents countrywide was just under $40,000, while the median income for experienced brokers was over $100,000. Of course, there are many variables...

By the Experts at Hippo You've just returned from a trip to the beach. You ask yourself: Why should I continue to pay rental fees when I could own a vacation home and rent it out? Unless you're fairly wealthy, you'll need to make sure you can commit to buying a seasonal home before you start shopping around. Here are five indications that you're ready to take the...

What is a comfort letter and why do you need one? The mortgage process when purchasing a home can be tricky—there's a ton of paperwork to read through and sign, so much that your hand might just cramp up from the vast amounts of signatures required. But don't worry if your mortgage lender requests that you write them a "comfort" letter—it's just a statement clarifying...

By the Experts at Hippo For many people, a house is the biggest investment they'll ever make. And whether you're a first-time homeowner or you're buying your third property, you're bound to end up covering some unexpected expenses. Here are six costs homeowners tend to overlook and how to pay for them: 1. Property taxes Be prepared to pay property taxes and keep...

In the following interview, Thomas Brown, founder/owner of The Agency Texas in Austin, Texas, discusses converting leads from online with success. Region Served: Texas
Years in Real Estate: 20
Number of Offices: 3, with one to open in Dallas in 2019
Number of Agents: 55 What is the first action your team takes when receiving an online lead?