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2015 Member Safety Report

2015 Member Safety Report

This report contains the results of a survey of REALTORS® which asked about: How safe or unsafe they feel The root causes of any unsafe feelings Steps or procedures they follow to ensure safety What methods of self-defense they use The goal of the report is to measure and understand the scope of the problem, […]

NAR President Speaks on Patent Trolls

NAR President Speaks on Patent Trolls

Statement on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing Examining Patent Demand Letters WASHINGTON — The following statement can be attributed to Chris Polychron, President of the National Association of REALTORS®:  “We are pleased to see the House Energy and Commerce Committee considering the important issue of demand letters. Patent trolls send these threatening letters to […]

7 Ways Your Closing Gifts Backfire

7 Ways Your Closing Gifts Backfire

Thanking your clients with a closing gift is a way many real estate professionals seal a transaction. A closing gift can serve as a special treat to your homebuyers and sellers, or it can help make you memorable long after a transaction ends. But even with the best of intentions, your gift-giving gesture can backfire […]

Agents and New Construction

Agents and New Construction

There seems to be preconceived notions that real estate agents provide little or no value when consumers are purchasing brand-new homes; that there is no reason for a salesperson to be involved because they don’t do any work.  Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Purchasing a new home directly from a builder without representation […]

January Home Sales Increase

January Home Sales Increase

In a report from the Birmingham Business Journal and the Alabama Center for Real Estate, Birmingham area residential sales increased in January by 16 percent. The 736 units that were sold last month was 101 more than the units sold a year ago, according to the latest data from the Alabama Center for Real Estate. The numbers […]

Facts About Home Buyers From NAR Annual Report

Facts About Home Buyers From NAR Annual Report

Marketing needs direction. If you are in the business of buying or selling homes, you need to know whom you’re marketing to. So, here is what we know about home buyers in 2014. This valuable resource can help you better market your services to buyers in your area. The National Association of Realtors® recently released […]

Six Habits of Successful REALTORS

Six Habits of Successful REALTORS

In a career where interpersonal skills are vital and self-motivation can determine your success, how do you stay inspired and ensure you are making the most of every lead? These tips are a great start for helping you get focused, stay motivated and drive more commissions in your real estate business.  Here are some key […]

Five Tips to Tighten Your Real Estate Tool Belt

Five Tips to Tighten Your Real Estate Tool Belt

Five tips to tighten your real estate tool belt and decide what products you really need. 1. Get in touch with your local and state association. Your association doesn’t charge their dues just for membership. Most associations offer a slew of services that allow agents to operate their businesses effectively, yet many of these tools & […]