If you're thinking of becoming a homeowner, you've likely spent time budgeting for additional expenses - property taxes, lawn care, a big-screen TV to fill up that extra space...you get the idea. But have you factored in protection for your new home? While you're crunching numbers, remember to include homeowners insurance. A standard policy will cover exterior and...

This post was contributed by Terri Engels If you own real estate and decide to lease it out to someone else, then congratulations: you are now a landlord in the eyes of the law. Whether you lease out a single family home or apartments in a multiplex building, there are many landlord responsibilities that come with the territory. Some duties seem clear, like collecting...

As we prepare for Frank Underwood to take over the Oval Office in the Netflix hit series, "House of Cards," (which debuted its third season Feb. 27), a new survey set out to gain insight into the all-too-familiar practice of binge watching. Results of the CENTURY 21 Real Estate commissioned “Binge Watching Survey” touched base with over 4,000 U.S. adults. In...

In the 2010 documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” Rivers herself commented that her posh Manhattan apartment is “what Marie Antoinette would have done if she had the money.” Classic Joan! But taking a closer look at the exquisite, over-the-top Euro-flair of her East 62nd Street pad, it’s clear to see that Rivers probably wasn’t joking at all. Built...

Sixty-one percent of brokers surveyed enlist outside coaching for agents and almost the same amount (60 percent) believe that hiring these coaches yields a tangible ROI, according to RISMedia's 2015 Outside Coaching Survey. Not only does outside coaching help offer fresh perspectives for agents and brokers, but oftentimes, coaching can be a powerful vehicle toward...

Don’t fret, Cooper – the real estate industry still thinks you’re a winner! RISMedia took a trip to Tinseltown in this month’s Reader Rewards contest, asking our readers which Academy Award nominee they’d like to (hypothetically) help buy or sell a home. Out of the 10 leading actors and actresses up for the gold statuette, the Oscar for Best Real Estate...

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 Mandeville, 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...

You know the story: The sluggish tortoise, weary of the swift hare’s taunts, challenges him to a race. Certain he’ll win, the hare stops off for a roadside siesta. We all know what happens next. It’s not uncommon for buyers to want to rush closing – they’re steps away from owning a new home! – but as Aesop illustrates, there’s no such thing as a sure...