Pocket listings--listings sold outside of the MLS—are gaining heat inside the industry. Far from a new concept, they are one of real estate’s biggest in-house controversies, with professionals from across the country taking different stances as to whether or not they help or hinder the market. So what the heck is a pocket listing, anyway? These off-market listings...

Nothing ruins a weekend like stacks of dishes or a mountain of laundry. It’s fine to let things pile up during the week, but if left unattended, small messes can really mess with weekend plans. I’ve found the easiest way to resolve this predicament is by cutting corners. Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tricks that get the job done, even if the Merry Maids...

Since the Flintstones era, humans have gravitated towards fire. There’s something innate about lounging around a blaze with family or friends, barbecuing up whatever meaty goodness you scored at Costco. It’s understandable why homeowners today desire some sort of fire element in their backyards. It’s practically instinct. With countless design options available,...

Deciding to sell your house is a big step for most people, especially if you have never done it before. You may need to move for a job, or you may need to upgrade because you are starting a family. Whatever your reasons, you need to find a real estate agent to help you through the process. Picking your first real estate agent is almost as big of a decision as your...

Safety in the field is one of the most important aspects of the business that all real estate agents should be conscious of. Given that September is REALTOR® Safety Month, take a few minutes to read this infographic from HouseHunt.com and learn how you can be even safer when showing homes, hosting an open house or meeting new and prospective clients for the first...

With the market rebounding, many new buyers are entering the fold. For some, the appeal of a massive home with all of the latest bells and whistles has lost its luster, and they are looking for something smaller. They are going micro. In the 2011 comedy “Wanderlust,” a New York City couple played by Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston purchase a pint-sized studio apartment...

Preparing a home for the market can seem like a full-time job — without the paycheck. While upgrades can increase your home’s value and speed up its sale, it’s easy to spend more on home improvement than you will recoup when you sell. Fortunately, it’s not usually necessary to invest in major projects like a full kitchen remodel to make your house attractive...

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...