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In today's climate, it's more important than ever to be aware of the various forms of fraud. The tactics used to steal your money, property or identity change regularly. A new opportunity that's taken hold with the stark increase in extreme weather is disaster fraud. Just this year, we're seeing massive fires ravage California—not to mention the more than $5 billion...

By Mikkie Mills A career in real estate is an opportunity to interact with many different buyers and sellers from many different backgrounds. If you work smart, there's no reason you can't make a comfortable income. If you're serious about becoming a real estate agent, here are a few things you need to consider before to jump-start your career: Take Pre-Licensing...

Social media can be a powerful tool for attracting new business and maintaining client relationships, but it's also a highly visible platform that can derail a business in just a few minutes. As a broker or agent, you should be careful of how you are using social media to interact with clients and promote your business. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Use professional...

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to check in on clients and boost your referrals. Without constant follow-up, clients will likely forget about a real estate agent that helped them buy or sell a few years back. Here are some tips for staying top-of-mind so you receive a constant string of referral business: Throw a party. Everyone likes an excuse to go...

By Cal Cook The prospect of a profitable sale can push REALTORS® and individual homeowners alike to list a home before it’s truly ready to hit the market. However, due to the Breach of Duty regulations, a real estate agent can be at risk of a lawsuit if a homebuyer finds problems with the house that were not disclosed during negotiations. That’s why it’s so...

Like most busy real estate professionals, you’ve probably found yourself daydreaming a time or two about forming a team…and exactly what it would take to get the right people on board in order to lay the foundation for success today—and well into the future. Pam Ermen—a national speaker, coach and trainer, and president of Real Estate Guidance, Inc.—explored...

By Elaine Thompson It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The smell of pine and cinnamon, cookies baking in the oven, lights twinkling inside and outside your home, and… An enormous electric bill. Ouch. The holidays in America are known for being a little over the top, and excessive energy consumption from lights, decorations and appliances are no exception....

By Dixie Somers A tenant is an individual who has secured a rental agreement with a landlord, permitting him or her to rent the property. The deal is arrived at either orally or by signing an agreement form. The leased property could be a condo, a house or an apartment. In some cases, the tenant may decide to go against the rules of the contract and refuse to pay...

By Meghan Belnap Some house flippers use short-term financing to buy a house in need of renovations, but it can have a higher interest rate than other types of financing. It also costs a flipper money in the form of daily interest charges. Other house flippers use their own cash reserves to buy a property. In both situations, many flippers are focused on selling...

In the downturn, foreclosed homeowners moved to rent; now, Americans with debt and idle incomes are living in rentals, too. According to the Pew Research Center, renters have soared to 43.3 million in the last 10 years. What are renters seeking today? According to recently released research out of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), apartment dwellers...