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Cyber Crime: Why You’re an Easy Target

With recent headlines focusing on data breaches at big-box retailers such as Home Depot and Target, you may think hackers are only after large-scale businesses. But that’s what scammers want you to think — because then you won’t see...
November 14, 2015

Land May Be Your Best Investment

Are your investors wondering where to invest their money next? The opportunities for flipping houses or purchasing rental homes are starting to dwindle, but there’s another option that could be fruitful: investing in land. With the economy on the...
November 13, 2015

Video Explains to Consumers Why You’re Taking Safety Precautions

No one’s going to come to my office first before going to a showing. They’re going to think I’m invading their privacy if I ask to make a copy of their photo ID. If I tell them to drive...
October 22, 2015

VIDEO: Drones Are for Animals

The push for legal and governmental sanction of the commercial use of drones is reaching a fever pitch — but is all the barking worth the bite? The debate around unmanned aerial vehicles in the real estate industry has...
September 24, 2015

As a Real Estate Practitioner, Aren’t You Also an Environmentalist?

Most of us — really, all of us, but I’m saving room for the diehard skeptics — can agree that environmental changes are having a large-scale impact on our planet. But “environmental issues” isn’t a phrase easily uttered in...
July 13, 2015

Since When Are Safety Concerns Only for Women?

Hey, fellas, you’re not immune to danger When the National Association of REALTORS® debuted its “Real Estate Safety Matters” course for associations and brokerages, the newest addition to the REALTOR® Safety Program, at the 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings &...
May 14, 2015

When Disaster Strikes, Are Property Managers Prepared for the Media Blitz?

With increased media attention on crisis events, which can be anything from natural disasters to shopping-mall snipers, the drive to finger someone responsible for the resulting chaos is growing stronger. And because many crises involve compromised property, it’s the...

The Best Country for Americans to Invest Abroad

When we speak of international buyers, we’re usually talking about people from other countries who want to invest in U.S. property. But the lines go both ways. There are high-net-worth Americans who want to buy homes in other countries,...
April 22, 2015

As Luxury Market Soars, A Moment for Concern

Exceptional growth has been the storyline of the luxury real estate market the past few years. No other price segment has rebounded from the housing crash with as much gusto as that of million-dollar-plus homes, which are selling at...
April 22, 2015

A House That Sells Itself — as the Salesperson

Real estate professionals always talk about giving the homes they sell more personality. Of course, that usually comes in the form of inspired staging, bold paint jobs, and creative landscaping. Rarely do they mean it so literally as to...