$500,000 RESPA Fine Top Story in First The Voice for Real Estate News Program

You might have missed it, but about three years ago enforcement of our country’s mortgage settlement laws switched to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from HUD. The switch is more than just a bureaucratic footnote. Several weeks ago, CFPB...
July 2, 2014

How Much Retirement Are Your Commissions Buying?

From a safety standpoint, it makes sense to set aside a percentage of your commissions in a reserve account. That way you can cover your obligations come tax time and have back-up money for when business is slow. And...
June 10, 2014

Your Marketing Budget Should Be $0

“You absolutely do not need to spend money in this business to make money,” says Joshua Smith, an agent with RE/MAX Professionals in Surprise, Ariz. He would know: In his first year in real estate, he did 48 transactions...

REALTOR® University Graduates: Setting a New Standard

The pioneering class of REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate program is re-entering the industry armed with new knowledge and a new title that can help lift their careers to new levels. Since claiming their diplomas at REALTOR® U’s...
June 4, 2014

Can You Market on Facebook Without Becoming Just Another Bother?

In some ways you couldn’t invent a better platform for marketing than Facebook. It adds rocket fuel to your communications by giving you a way to reach way beyond your sphere of influence each time you post a status update....
May 30, 2014

Half of Your Business Could Come From Your Spouse

There’s no shame in the game of business. You’ve got connections — friends, family, business associates — and they’ve got connections, too. So why not use them? We’re not suggesting that you turn your loved ones into puppets for...

The Nitty-Gritty of Converting Seller Leads

Leigh Brown, broker-owner of RE/MAX Executive Realty – Leigh Brown & Associates, got down to the business of selling houses during her presentation on leads and listings at the Emerging Business Issues & Technology Forum during the REALTOR® Party...
May 20, 2014

Wanna See How an MLBer Lives?

There’s a lot of overlap between baseball and real estate: “home” run, “home” game, safe at “home.” The natural connection between the two is what brought Coldwell Banker and Major League Baseball together to create a video series that...

3 Surprising Revelations at the REALTOR® Party Convention

I’m a bit floored. There are all kinds of obscure laws — or would-be laws — pertaining to real estate that can throw practitioners for a loop. But three points of discussion came up during Wednesday’s sessions at the...
May 14, 2014

This Is How You Get 1,000 Leads a Month

So you know those powerhouse agents that are closing millions of dollars in deals every year? Well, a lot of them are in markets like Beverly Hills, Calif., or New York City, where one transaction can be worth $5...
May 9, 2014