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Staying True to the Home Team

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By Jeremy Williams You wouldn’t believe how many times I was asked who I wanted to win the Super Bowl last weekend. My response was the Houston Texans. With a look of confusion, one person said, “Yeah, do you not know that Houston Texans are not in the Super Bowl? In fact, they did not even make it to the …

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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By Jeremy Williams I heard the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin played over the radio on the way home from the office.  How relevant could this song be as the theme song for the thousands of real estate business owners across the United States? Running your own real estate business can at times be stressful and create …

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2010…It’s Waiting For You!

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By Brooke Wolford It’s a new year, a new decade.  As I look back at the past year, I reflect on all of the hard times.  As REALTORS®, we faced some of the most difficult challenges in 2009. The bad media coverage, constantly having to defend ourselves, and insults on TV shows like “Cougar Town” and “Modern Family.” (These shows …

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Santa, Dude You Owe Me

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By Brian Copeland Dear Santa, When I was 4 years old, I asked for an Easy Bake Oven.  You brought me some Garanimal outfits.  When I was 8, you obliged my request for a Glo Worm with that cowboy comforter set my brother wanted. Each year, you have threatened me that if I wasn’t good, I wouldn’t get my gift.  …

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Practitioner Rating Systems Are Here to Stay

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By Nobu Hata, 2009 NAR Conference Blogger It’s been an interesting couple days home! Your thoughts, Joe-Six-Pack? We’ve got a site for that. Lost amid the cocktails of the YPN get together, and the hubbub of HouseLogic/RPR/NAR Second Century Initiative babble, was the Houston Association of REALTORS®’ win of NAR’s Visionary Award. Taqi Rizvi, CTO of HAR, “created one of …

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Social Media Does Not Guarantee Success

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By Dan Iampieri Generation Y REALTORS® have written the obituary on colleagues who fail to utilize social media – I respectfully disagree. I know too many top producers who are doing just fine without spending every waking minute checking their status update on Facebook or tweeting their every move to the world. Don’t get me wrong, I use social media …

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What’s Wrong with the Real Estate Industry?

Drew Burks Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development 1 Comment

By Drew Burks Very few REALTORS® are following their true passion! Make your own rules, be authentic, transparent and have fun … Real Estate can be a challenging business and the majority of licensed REALTORS® struggle to succeed, but it doesn’t need to be this way.  In fact, real estate can be a great deal of fun and rewarding when …

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Open Mouth, Insert Foot

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By Crystal Webster When I first got into the business I thought I knew it all – rookie mistake. I knew everything there was to know about Kansas City (yes, the whole GIANT city). My business was the perfect model. My processes were the best to be had. And my broker was the best broker anywhere in the world – …

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The 21st Century REALTOR®

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Technology & Social Media 6 Comments

By Dan Iampieri I’m the 21st century REALTOR®, so let me tell you more. I’m digitally enhanced, slightly cropped, I’m fine tuned and on iTunes downloading a new ring tone for my iPhone. I’m camera ready, custom made, plugged-in and ready to rate, constantly updating my status update. I e-mail, I e-commerce, I e-trade, but my life is still far …