As a brokerage owner, the activities of your agents build business for your company. What happens when the market slows? Is your business equipped for the leaner times of year, when agent productivity slips? In the latest Imprev and RISMedia webinar, "How to Build Your Business for Consistent Income," two brokers delved into their profitability strategies, which...

By Yuka Kato The kitchen is the heart of the home, and one of the areas most likely to make or break a sale. In fact, 80 percent of homeowners say that the kitchen ranks in the top three for rooms they most want to see updated. While a dream listing for any REALTOR® is a home with a fully updated kitchen, it's more likely that people looking to sell their home...

By Meghan Belnap Investing in real estate can be a great way to earn some extra money for yourself. You can put the money that you make from real estate into a retirement fund, your children's education or another important life expense. Here are four ways to invest your money in real estate that could pay off handsomely in the end: Buy a Family Rental Home Whether...

In December, RISMedia honored more than 230 real estate professionals as RISMedia's 2019 Real Estate Newsmakers. Each of these individuals—separated into eight categories—was either nominated by you, the RISMedia reader, or chosen by the publication’s editors. These folks made newsworthy contributions within their own communities and/or the housing industry...

If you're part of a real estate team, it's likely you have a team leader. According to RISMedia, which recently surveyed agent teams across the country, nearly half of all respondents (48 percent) say their team is organized around a leader. The other two choices—brokerage and self-directed—accounted for 38 percent and 14 percent of responses, respectively. This...

By Miron Lulic Asking the right questions when shopping for a mortgage is crucial, and failing to do so could cost you thousands. Related: How to Afford a Luxury Family Home With a Reasonable Mortgage The first question you need to ask yourself is, "How many mortgage loan applications am I going to fill?" You can save a significant amount of money long-term by...

By Bill Gassett We should all make sure we look after our finances, especially when a home purchase is on the horizon. Your financial well-being can have a huge impact on the interest rate you'll end up paying on your mortgage. Most lenders, whether U.S.-based or not, are going to check your financial status before they even start talking about prevailing mortgage...

By Seth Tilton For many potential homebuyers, it's hard not to fantasize about owning a dreamy summer home this time of year. With that in mind, let's look at five tips for agents selling vacation homes: Leverage technology, but be realistic. For many potential buyers, the ideal summer getaway is at least a plane or half-day car ride away. And while technology...

This month, we're showcasing some of the country's most lavish lakeside listings, from Lake Carnegie to Lake Washington. Lakeside in Mission Viejo This lakeside property in Mission Viejo, Calif., rests on a cul-de-sac between two popular beaches. With sweeping views of the lake from many rooms and the home's pool and waterfront patio, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom...

By John Graff Ethics. You don't hear too many people talking about this subject in today's competitive real estate—or any business—environment. Doing the right thing, being honest and upfront with clients, avoiding conflicts of interests...these character traits should never be considered weaknesses or flaws. Maintaining an ethical business reputation will help...