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Lessons Learned From Flipping My First Home

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By Alex Craig

Finally…I took the plunge. After nearly five years as a real estate agent, I flipped my first property. And gosh, did I learn some valuable lessons.

As real estate agents, we have unique skills, knowledge, and access to opportunities for investment properties. Being an agent can provide an opportunity to earn in the investment world—from fix-and-flips to …

How We Created Our Biggest YPN Event of the Year

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By Maria Kauffman We are blessed with a great YPN committee at the Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS® in Grand Rapids, Mich., which is the result of a supportive association and board that invests in leadership opportunities for the newer and growing association members. Our local YPN committee was founded more than 10 years ago, and since then we have …

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Introducing the 2021 Networks of the Year

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By Erica Christoffer

More than 500 YPNers from across North America—and some who traveled as far as Colombia, Guam, and Brazil—gathered at Parq Restaurant & Nightclub in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 12, to make business connections and celebrate achievements. Sponsored by Century 21, this was the first time in two years that YPN members have been face-to-face for a …

Members of 2021 YPN Advisory Board during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego.

YPN is Growing

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By Erica Christoffer

So far in 2021, 617 real estate professionals have joined the Young Professionals Network nationwide, making YPN 30,737 members strong. That’s a growth increase from the 443 who became involved last year.

The number of YPN groups is also on the rise. REALTORS® created nine new networks this year, bringing the total number of YPN networks up …

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‘Automa-zation’ Tools to ‘Set It and Forget It’ in 2022

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By Lee Davenport

“It’s been a while” are words we should never hear or say to prospects.

These words indicate that our follow-up system has a missing link (or may even be non-existent).

However, if those simple yet alarming words seem to be on repeat for you, then I have some tools that may come in handy because real estate …

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A Great 4th Quarter Makes a Great New Year

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By Tim and Julie Harris

What you do now will pay dividends in 90 to 120 days. That’s because real estate activity follows cycles.

The fourth quarter of the year is not the time to slough off—even if you’re exhausted from having a productive year and you’d like to kick back for a while.

Remember that real estate typically follows …

5 Colorful Fall Events for Your Local YPN

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By Erica Christoffer

Real estate has big fall energy as agents experience slight relief from the red-hot summer months. More YPNers around the country are looking for events and educational opportunities to continue their business momentum while making new industry connections. Here are five ideas for an eye-catching autumn affair.

1. Mix it up with a throwback soiree.

Kick it …

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How to Keep Personal Data Safe on Vacation

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By Burton Kelso

Winter is approaching, which tends to be a slower season in the real estate industry—a perfect time to take a vacation. Vacations are an exciting, happy time for you to get away and tune out the everyday worries of your day-to-day work and home routine. Before you head out for a day trip, stateside vacation, or international …

4 Takeaways From YPN Advance

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By Maria Kauffman Last month, I had the opportunity to represent the Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS® (Grand Rapids, Mich.) at YPN Advance as part of the National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Summit in Chicago. At this event, local YPN committee chairs, vice-chairs, and association liaisons come together from across the country to discuss real estate and market trends, YPN …

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4 Important Lessons For New Real Estate Professionals

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By James Boyer

Eleven years ago, at the tender of age of 14, my life changed forever when my father passed. My mother powered forward from this tragedy with remarkable strength, and from that day until today, her primary goal in life has been taking care of me and my siblings. On that sad day in 2010, and by watching …