Be it an email hack, a phishing scam, a Nigerian money order or a product that sounds just too good to be true, there are dozens of ways you can get scammed online. At best, you lose $20 on a product that doesn't exist. At worst? All your financial data gets hacked and your electronic device becomes infected with malware. To avoid any situation similar to these,...

From robots to voice assistants, this year is set to see a boom in smart home products. Earlier this month, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 concluded a record year with more than 1,000 speakers and close to 200,000 attendants over the course of four days. Held in Las Vegas, CES is one of the largest tech shows in the world, and, at this year's event, smart...

By Erin Davis Your bedroom should be the coziest place in your home—a personal getaway where you can relax, re-energize and be yourself. There’s nothing better than coming home after a long day to a luxurious, comfortable space. We can expect some great bedroom design trends in 2018. With so many exciting, new ideas available, it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate...

By Megan Wild If you want to buy a home this year, you may be in the midst of planning—or perhaps you're already well on your way. Purchasing a home is a process made up of many moving parts, including your finances, your overall goals, your planning ability and your current financial situation. That said, it’s the season for New Year’s resolutions, right?...

Your brokerage's success can depend on anything from recruiting and retention to the state of the economy. These factors, pulled from a recent RISMedia and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate (BH&G) survey, "What Keeps Brokers Up at Night?" were discussed in the latest RISMedia ACE webinar, "Mission Possible: Get Ahead in 2018 With These Broker Best Practice...

Whether you’ve been in the real estate business for a long time—or are a newbie just getting your feet wet—chances are you’ve received some sort of negative feedback on social media (or other areas of the internet) related to you personally or the way you do business. Unfortunately, ignoring the negativity is no longer an option, as prospective clients are...

A strong housing market isn't necessarily all good news for sellers. As evidenced by Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement projects dipped across the board, with "upscale" projects taking the biggest hit. The report, which measures the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects...

Are you on the hunt for a rental? Ad boards, listing portals and vacation sites have made it easier than ever to find one—and easier than ever, regrettably, for scammers to strike. Common cons include: False Identity Cyber criminals are altering the contact information on existing online rental posts, changing the email and/or phone number and disseminating the...

In the following interview, Kevin Leatherman, broker/owner of Leatherman Homes in Nassau County, N.Y., talks about thriving as an independent firm, landing better online leads and the importance of delegation.
Years in Real Estate: 25
Number of Offices: 1
Number of Agents: 20 Please tell me a little bit about your company’s structure.

By Hannah Whittenly If owning a home by the ocean is your ultimate dream, today’s real estate market makes it much easier to make that dream a reality. However, with so many beautiful beaches to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where that dream home should be. Here are four beautiful—and affordable—options to help you narrow down your search. Corpus...