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5 Things Agents Can Do During the Slow Season

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By Alex Craig

My real estate market in Michigan is clearly defined by a busy season and a slow season. During the slow season, it can be hard for real estate agents to stay motivated and find ways to generate new business.

Every year, I see fewer and fewer people coming into the office from December to February. In fact, …

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 …

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 …

Unfair Housing and the Part Left Out of Nursery Rhymes

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By Lee Davenport

A recent report by the National Fair Housing Alliance shows there were more than 28,000 fair housing complaints filed just last year. I repeat, there were TENS of THOUSANDS of fair housing complaints in the last year alone!

Those numbers indicate that despite fair housing being the law of the land, we have a long way to …

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3 Reasons to Get Your Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification

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By Alex Craig

I recently became certified as a Pricing Strategy Advisor through the National Association of REALTORS®; something I’ve been meaning to do for nearly a year. Since I needed a few more continuing education credits, I decided to knock out two birds with one stone.

If you’re not familiar with this certification, no problem. The PSA is a …

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4 Keys to Producing Your Best Virtual Event

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By Richard Carlstrom

Most of you have likely pivoted your business practices and YPN events in response to current events. But if you’re still looking for ways to host meaningful virtual or hybrid events, I’m here to share a few ideas on how to do so with ease and panache.

Just as in live events, you need to produce content …

YPN Groups Focus on Business Building Events

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By Erica Christoffer

YPNs around the country are starting the year with a renewed focus on business growth. If you’re involved in planning for your YPN, show value to your members by developing events full of industry insights and business-boosting tips and takeaways. Here are five examples of topics and forums from YPN groups around the country.

1. Mega info …

Live Virtual At Home With Diversity® Course May 19

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By Marc Gould

The National Association of REALTORS®’ At Home With Diversity® (AHWD) certification course recently underwent a content overhaul and is overflowing with best practices for 2020.

Here are three ways taking the AHWD® certification course can expand your business and horizons:

1. Build a Foundation for a Diversity-Oriented Practice

An understanding of fair housing laws and a commitment …

We’re Halfway Through 2019: Time to Take Stock

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By Matt Clements

I love the start of summer. It’s baseball season! We’re in the top of the 4th, and by this time of the game (year), you likely have scored at least several times. Perhaps, you’ve already made more than 60% of your income for the year. Is that true? It’s very likely.

June a great time to take …

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4 Ways Conference-Goers Can Be as Creepy as Halloween Flicks

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By Lee Davenport

Autumn is conference season! Typically, this is my favorite time of year—the leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air, and it’s the perfect time to spend networking and learning at a conference (the REALTORS® Conference & Expo coming up this weekend in Boston, for instance).

Unfortunately, there are some conference-goers who are creepier than any …