Outsourcing isn’t just for corporations anymore. More and more real estate professionals rely on outside help to complete tasks they don’t have the time or resources to do themselves. Demanding schedules come with the territory, but agents can lighten the load significantly by delegating tasks to assistants. (Side note: only 14 percent of REALTORS® use at least...

As the McMansion era continues to fade into the abyss, the green building movement is picking up speed with each passing day. In fact, many of today’s buyers are trading square footage for spaces that are not only smaller, but eco-friendly to boot. There’s also much more attention being paid to unique building materials such as re-purposed shipping containers. Yes,...

The in-laws and their brood coming to stay for the holidays? Don't panic about where to stow everyone for the night. The following article offers three tips for sleeping more guests in your home, so you can focus on more important preparations—like stocking the home bar, perhaps? Screened off corners. So you put a cot in the office—now what? The answer is a privacy...

             
There's only one thing more satisfying than shoveling warm, delicious, nap-inducing Thanksgiving food into your pie-hole. What's that, you ask? Blowing it up into smithereens. This year, Century 21 Real Estate is celebrating Turkey Day a little bit differently - by polling their social media followers about their...

Save for a few juice bars whipping up olive-colored potions, most big cities fall short in the green department. For newcomers, and especially those moving from beyond a metro area, a lack of plant life can be a real downer. To combat those concrete jungle blues, pretend your apartment isn’t spatially-challenged and start a garden. Playing with dirt oddly alleviates...

For the first time since its launch in 2007, the NYTimes Real Estate app was finally given a facelift. The redesign went live on Monday of this week, with the main goal of “modernizing the user experience” to create a more “stream-centric experience.” Though the app’s former version also included news articles from the Times’ real estate section, these...

“If I had five minutes to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first three sharpening my axe.”
-Abraham Lincoln Preparedness in anything can greatly increase our effectiveness and chance for success. In real estate, the same holds true. When the time comes to hire a REALTOR® that's prepared to assist you in selling or buying your home, what should you expect?...

This blog was contributed by Home Advisor. When investing in countertops for your kitchen, you should first consider how much cooking -- and what type of cooking -- you’ll be doing. Are you a master chef with a wide array of kitchen tools, or do you prefer to cook everything in the microwave or oven? Countertops vary widely, which influences the total cost of a...

For those in real estate, November means one thing: seasonal marketing, and lots of it. Rather than inundate your clients with emails and postcards, show your appreciation this Thanksgiving with a gesture of gratitude. Whether you’re planning to check in via pop-by or phone call, build a better client relationship with these budget-friendly gifts.

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Dynamic content, a responsive social media presence and an all-inclusive mobile experience were all hot topics at RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum held last week at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo held in New Orleans. The panel entitled “Power Broker Strategies for Enhancing the Consumer Experience,” provided a marco level approach for empowering and...