Being a Broker Archive

Credit Union or Bank: Does It Matter?

As a real estate practitioner, does it matter whether you put your money into a bank or a credit union or whether you take out a loan with one but not the other? In the third of our monthly...
January 14, 2014

Happy Closing. Now Set Aside Half of Your Commissions

It’s not what you want to hear, but Victoria Gillespie of REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, recommends you put away half of each commission check for taxes and a short-term reserve account. In...
December 2, 2013

Showdown With the Shutdown: Tales of How the Government Closures are Affecting Real Estate

The effects of the government shutdown are rippling through the real estate industry, and practitioners are feeling the pain all over the country. Most of the complaints we’re fielding are about USDA loans, which have been entirely frozen. Real...
October 9, 2013

Real Estate Connect, Day 2: The Success of New School Meets Old School

“Change doesn’t happen without conflict,” said Brad Inman as he kicked off Day 2 of Real Estate Connect.  And it was on this day that the continuing evolution of mobile technology and social media — and its infusion into...
July 12, 2013

Market Stabilizing for Long Term, Brokerage Giant CEO Says

Interest rates are rising and home prices are seeing double-digit increases on a national basis, making it clear that real estate is entering a different phase from what we’ve seen in the past several years, when the market was...
June 28, 2013

A Good Deal for All

The scenario happened like a perfectly-scripted movie: a Keller Williams team based in Plantation, Fla. decides to play their odds at the lottery. For just $20 each, the 11 co-workers could have the chance to win a $338 million...
April 8, 2013

5 Steps to Driving Creativity

Though he was speaking to an audience of association executives, entrepreneur and speaker Josh Linkner’s presentation this morning at NAR’s AE Institute in San Diego, Calif., was applicable to anyone who works in real estate. Linkner, who has started...

The Syndication Scrum

A panel of experts did battle over some key issues regarding real estate data syndication Thursday morning at Inman’s Real Estate event in San Francisco. The debate was focused more on how to approach syndication rather than whether to...
August 2, 2012

Supreme Court Provides Clarity on Brokerages’ Administrative Fees

The U.S. Supreme Court last week provided real estate brokers a lot of clarity about administrative fees charged by brokerages when it ruled in favor of Quicken Loans in a lawsuit over unearned fees in the Real Estate Settlement...

Supreme Court Rules Fee Split Required for RESPA Violation

From NAR Legal Affairs: Resolving a circuit split in the manner urged by NAR, the Court rules that RESPA requires a fee split of a settlement-service fee for a §2607(b) violation. In a case involving mortgage lending but which...