They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but when it comes to real estate, they may be worth a lot more. “Because so many buyers do the 20 second ‘yes or no’ to homes as if they’re looking for their next mate on a dating website, sellers need to recognize that how they present their home is of utmost importance,” says Rhonda Duffy, a top listing agent...

Power Brokers and other industry powerhouses gathered at The Yale Club in New York City last week for RISMedia's 2014 CEO Exchange, an event tackling some of the hottest topics and trends affecting the real estate industry today. From winning marketing tactics, and recruiting and retention tips, to a very special one-on-one session with real estate veteran and RE/MAX...

Are you an agent or broker looking to redesign or update your real estate website? If so, you might want to give it some serious thought. How can you attract prospective leads and other clients without driving them away? These five bad ideas from Point2 will most likely have your clients running for the hills and maybe even straight into the arms of your competitor. When...

Even when a move goes off without a hitch, it can still be one of life’s most stressful events. The last thing you want is to be caught off guard by a case of identity theft just as you’re settling into your new home. Unfortunately, moving can put a big target on your back for identity thieves. “Transporting documents and electronic devices that contain sensitive...

September kicks off the National Association of REALTORS'® "REALTOR® Safety Month," generating awareness among real estate professionals of the potentially dangerous situations facing them in the field. According to government data, there were over 25 million instances of property theft, identify theft or traffic fatalities in 2012 alone. “Statistics like this...

As a real estate agent, you already know you have an important place within the community. However, selling homes isn't the only way you can help out. Below are a handful ways you can give back—and make invaluable connections—within your community. Donate your fees. Many agents give back by donating a percentage of their fees to a local charity. Not only are you...

Recently, the stunning Renaissance-style Castle Ramholz, located in the Garman state of Hesse in Germany, was purchased by an affluent overseas investor. Sold by Engel & Völkers and snapped up for an undisclosed amount, this castle is straight out of a fairy tale, with a total of 115 regal rooms (yep, you read that right). Built between 1893 and 1895, Castle...

Once a real estate agent’s bread and butter, direct mail marketing (known in the business world as “direct response advertising”) is near extinction. Marketing experts from every corner of the Internet proclaim that direct mail marketing is dead. Say it ain’t so! This blogger has hope. I bet there are agents out there who still send mailers to reach their...

Rumors are spiraling like crazy over Apple's impending iPhone 6 announcement next week. Will it have a better camera? Larger screen? Improved Siri functionality? Water-proof? Solve world hunger? (OK, maybe not that last one...) As we get closer and closer to welcoming a newer and more improved iPhone, it's always great to take a look back and see how far we've come. This...

RISMedia’s 2014 CEO Exchange takes place September 9 and 10 at the prestigious Yale Club in New York City, and in addition to turnkey marketing solutions and powerful broker strategy sessions, conference attendees will also get the opportunity to privately tour one of the city’s newest and most luxurious properties on the market. To cap off the two-day meeting...