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We all have different opinions on what makes a truly great leader. According to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a great leader should be many things, from optimistic to well prepared. He should know. In addition to making major positive changes to the city of New York and being widely renowned as one of the most effective chief executives in modern American...

Let’s face it. In real estate, whoever gets the most listings wins. This fact was driven home in the latest installment in RISMedia’s popular monthly Agent Webinar Series, where two top-producing real estate pros – Wayne Turner of Turner Real Estate Group in Mandervilla, La., and Mike Parker of The Mike Parker Team/HUFF Realty in Florence, Ky. – stunned attendees...

Having and maintaining a presence on Twitter for your real estate business is a great start, but putting the time in to tweet daily is only half the battle. If you’re using Twitter to help boost your marketing strategy, you’re already leaps and bounds ahead of many of your colleagues in the industry. However, learning how to really take the plunge can launch you...

Many years ago when I started my career in real estate, I was taught to work my "sphere of influence" to guarantee success. That advice nearly cost me my business, as it never produced the results that I needed. I decided to focus my lead generation efforts online and within a few months I was doing better than ever. If the traditional method of using your "sphere...

When you go searching for a real estate agent, you are likely to hear a number of sales pitches speaking of the necessity and desirability of an open house. Many agents will speak of their enthusiasm for open houses and how they will do well for you with all the traffic they draw. What you may not realize, though, is that a real estate open house typically has far...

It looks like housing will continue to excel into the new year, due to the rise in job creation and declining mortgage rates. Another boon for housing is the rise in single family construction. Although levels still remain way below “normal” building conditions, increased construction ties directly back to an increase in available jobs, furthering the cycle...

You asked – we answered! Following an overwhelming response from attendees of RISMedia’s Power Broker Webinar Series, we kicked off 2015 by hosting an exclusive conversation to discuss what every agent wants to know: How can I become a million-dollar producer? Nearly 1,000 agents from across the country tuned in to the January 14 call, which featured Julie Timms,...

As 2015 rolls forward, there are several indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let's review the top three. The job market is stronger
With the recession behind us, more and more companies are adding new employees to the payroll. The unemployment rate has dropped 5.8 percent and 321,000 jobs were opened up in November. All of this work...

As many Power Brokers know, closing the fourth quarter strong is vital in order to prepare for a strong start to the New Year. In a recent webinar entitled “Finish the Year Strong, Start the New Year Even Stronger,” hosted by RISMedia and sponsored by Bank of America Home Loans, some of the industry’s leading brokers weighed in on how they’re keeping their...

House hunters these days use any and every portal to connect with a real estate professional. Unless you’ve got clones of yourself ready to record every exchange between you and a potential new client, keeping up with constant streams of communication is a challenge. (And if you do have clones, you’re probably way too advanced for this blog, and humanity in general.) Think...