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When a Plank Stops Hurting

By Melissa Krchnak I’ve recently starting doing planks – a balance and core-building technique – along with my regular exercise routine. This plank business isn’t a joke though. They started off pretty brutal. I set my goal to add...

Do We Need Real Estate Tax Incentives?

By Sam DeBord The U.S. tax code includes multiple incentives for buying and owning real estate. The mortgage interest deduction and property tax deduction are just a couple of the incentives that have come under fire in new “tax...
June 5, 2014

Give Them What They Can’t Google

By Melissa Krchnak For years I’ve been harping about highly suggesting agents give consumers “what they can’t Google.” That is, after all, where our value lies. Once upon a time, consumers needed a REALTOR® to tell them everything about a home. Now, they...

The Real Estate Pro’s Guide to Pinterest (Part 1)

By Charlie Allred Last month, I wrote “How to Capitalize on Pinterest,” where I said the main benefit of Pinterest for agents and brokers is driving visitors to your real estate website. Well, last week I read a statistic...

Does Slow, Steady Growth Actually Create Real Estate Bubbles?

By Sam DeBord If “a stitch in time saves nine,” does a market that corrects itself frequently save itself from over-correcting? We’ve been told that slow and steady growth is the safest path for an investment. Real estate markets...

Don’t Judge My Gen Y

By Brooke Wolford Over the last several years, real estate educators have really pushed that we, as an industry, need to do something special to deal with my generation. Most of these speakers are not part of Gen Y...

The Case for a REALTOR® to Lead Realtor.com®

By Sam DeBord Realtor.com®’s president, Errol Samuelson, has been hired away by Zillow. I’ve met Errol and he’s a nice guy, very smart, and very successful. Business is business. But, naive as it might be, there’s plenty of disappointment...
March 6, 2014

‘That’s Why We Are All Not Profitable!’

By Dave Robison Marilyn Wilson with the WAV Group has been visiting brokerages and state associations with data that her company compiled about our industry. While attending one of her recent presentations, I snapped a quick photo with my...

To Serve and Be Served: A Once in a Lifetime Transaction

By Christian Zarif I almost didn’t answer my phone. I was in San Francisco for our national REALTOR® convention and rushing to get out of my room to an engagement (running 5 minutes late, of course). The strange number...
February 27, 2014

You Don’t Need Experience To Gain Clients

By Sam DeBord When I started out in the real estate business, my biggest fear was probably the same as many other agents’: “What if they ask me how many homes I’ve sold?”  There was an almost inescapable fear...
February 24, 2014