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theRRD offers instant tenant screening for agents, property managers

Just a couple months after its rebrand, theRRD is aiming to be a one-stop-shop solution for real estate agents, property mangers and landlords throughout the nation. Based in Dallas, the company officially launched in 2010 as solely an incident reporting liaison for property managers and landlords and has since broadened its reach to various facets of the real estate industry...

Broker uses Reddit to expose bad real estate agents

A buyer signs a contract for a house, the elderly seller backs out... and the buyer's agent, feeling sorry for the seller, doesn't push to close the deal. Cases like this one -- where an agent fails to fight for her client -- upset Daniel Reeves, broker-owner of a small Arizona brokerage. Show More Summary

The best real estate scenes in film history

The Broke Agent compiled this list of 12 classic movie real estate agent scenes. Don't miss the hilarity....

Tech how-to: ranking and hiring real estate website design firms

Real estate transactions are executed on standard forms under (ideally) hard deadlines. State rules and industry-wide best practices fence in maverick sales tactics. It's no wonder, then, that when it comes to website needs, agents seek solutions that originate from templates using canned content...

Joe Killinger: ‘Successful agents will be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of their clients’

When asked how the role of the real estate agent will change in coming years, Killinger says: "I believe the successful agents will be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of their clients and embrace new technology to become more efficient."...

June 2015 industry partnerships

Who joined forces in the real estate industry in June to help agents up their game? Here's our rundown, in chronological order...

Right-wing radio host Glenn Beck promoting his real estate referral network

Joel Feltes, a real estate agent with Re/Max Futura in San Francisco, is working to close a lead from conservative radio and TV host Glenn Beck. Feltes doesn't know Beck and Beck doesn't know the home seller, but Feltes is prepared to pay a 25 percent referral fee to Beck's firm, Real Estate Agents I Trust, if he turns the lead into a client...

Sampson’s power, reach on display in trial

Mortgage Fraud Blog. When Alexander Solomon was assigned to prosecute Edul Ahmad, a Brooklyn real estate agent indicted in a $50 million mortgage fraud scheme in August 2011, he likely had little idea of the shockwaves that would result. Show More Summary

7 Brilliant Tools to Help Find Your Next Investment Property

Real estate has picked up, and once again it is cool to be an investor. Everyone has their favorite way of finding that next deal: driving for dollars, yellow letters, real estate agents and the MLS. There are lots of tools to find properties. Here are some of my favorites. 7 Brilliant Tools to Help [...]Show More Summary

When should you wear a suit to a real estate appointment?

There’s no dress code in real estate, and most agents defer to their best business casual attire. However, there is a saying along the lines of, “dress good, do good,” that may hold some truth, depending on the individual. Dressing the part has actually been proven to enhance productivity in some instances...

Occupancy fraud poses a threat to mortgage lenders, real estate agents and buyers alike

Thanks to relatively stable market conditions and low mortgage rates, some financially fortunate and savvy homebuyers may be going shopping for second and third properties — and while that may be good news for both buyers and the real estate industry, the bad news is that certain types of related mortgage fraud are also on the rise...

Court filing in landmark case calls dual agency ‘an impossible situation’

The role of the real estate agent isn't one that should be blurred, but regulations in most states don't clarify an integral ethical standard for brokerages. In California and 24 other states, it's legal for a brokerage to have real estate agents acting as the representation for both the buyer and the seller -- what's also known as "dual agency."...

4 simple tools for real estate professionals

For the rest of the professionals, and sometimes the new-generation agents as well, adopting technology and automating their work process can be challenging. Here's a guide to technology that will help your business...

5 out-of-the-box ways to generate leads

As a real estate agent, you know how important it is to get leads and market yourself differently. Here are five ways to go above and beyond and creatively generate leads...

Special report: Why real estate agents don’t compete on commission rates

Just 14 percent of the 725 agents and brokers participating in an online poll from Oct. 8 to Nov. 7 said they compete for listings by publicizing their willingness to negotiate their commission, provide services at a reduced commission rate, or on a fee-for-services basis...

How to Stage a House on a Budget to Sell FAST

As a real estate agent, I go through a ton of houses. Seeing so many houses, what I realize is that people have zero imagination. You have to build a picture for them. Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. The picture you build for your buyers can be worth thousands of dollars. My [...]Show More Summary

6 Principles of Influence for Real Estate Pros

As a real estate agent or broker, you have to persuade people to become your real estate clients and to trust you with the biggest purchase of their lives: their home. That is no small task, but if you know the principles of influence...Show More Summary

Design Spotlight: Patty Bright

Patty is a dynamic agent with a strong background in corporate America. When she got her real estate license she was the Rookie of the Year and took the Vancouver, WA market by storm. After a period of time as a successful agent in Texas, she moved back to the Vancouver area and joined with […]

Listing portals had good things to say about agents at media conference

Could apps replace real estate agents in 10 years? That was one question posed by a journalist to a panel of listing portal representatives at The National Association of Real Estate Editors' spring conference in Miami...

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