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 …

5 Things I Learned Working From Home During COVID-19

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By Jef Conn

I’m in week six of working from home in an effort to flatten the curve and limit interactions with our agents. It’s been a tough choice, but a necessary one that many real estate professionals across the country understand.

During the past few weeks, I’ve worked hard to continue my business. Through this, I’ve learned five important …

How to Keep Your Real Estate Business Secure While Working From Home

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By Amber Bachman

Real estate never stops. COVID-19 has slowed things down a bit, but it hasn’t stopped the housing market. Right now, millions of people all across the country are telecommuting while they shelter-in-place; real estate practitioners and their clients are no different. Now that the American workforce is getting comfortable with their work-from-home orders, it is crucial to …

Time to Step Up: We Need You to Serve on an NAR Committee

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By Jef Conn

Applications are open now through May 1, 2020, to apply for the 2021 National Association of REALTORS® committee selection. You mean, we apply for 2021 positions before the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo? Yes, that’s correct. But don’t stress! Whether this is your first or 10th time, here’s a quick guide to make the process a …

Best SEO Practices for Real Estate Agents

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By Anita Clark

Real estate agents are always vying for the top spot on Google in their area but are quickly squashed by the big guys – Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, etc. They have bigger marketing budgets, faster websites, professional marketing and SEO teams, and every detail of a listing covered. How can your average real estate agent not just survive …

Keeping Business Afloat During a Pandemic

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By Samantha Jones

My, how times change. In the span of a few weeks, our entire world and industry has been turned upside down. The Earth keeps spinning while the normalcy of our lives is indefinitely put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re living in unprecedented times—social distancing, sheltering in place, and quarantines have become necessities.

Repeat after …

Sharing the Relief Every Homeowner in Your Database Needs

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By Lee Davenport

There may be someone in your database who has experienced a layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic. But you won’t know until you ask.

Right now, during these challenging times, it’s more important than ever for real estate professionals to make meaningful connections.

There are resources available for homeowners affected by the pandemic, which they should pursue …

One Tool That May Save Listing Agents’ Business in the Age of COVID-19

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By Lee Davenport

Is your real estate sales business ready for the changes—whether short or long term—that coronavirus is bringing to the real estate industry?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to work from home if they can. But articles that discuss what life will be like working remotely don’t get to the heart of what …

11 Ways You Can Help During the Pandemic

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By Jef Conn

The world is on fire—at least that’s how it feels. Concern over the coronavirus (along with overwhelming, 24-hour media coverage) has resulted in long lines at grocery stores, empty shelves, and general feeling of “what’s next?” Here are 11 things you can start doing now to remain healthy, run your business, and help others.

1. Wash your …

How Starbucks Fast-Tracked My Real Estate Career—And I’m Not Talking About the Caffeine

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By Rebecca Donatelli

Anyone who knows me knows that I love coffee. I usually drink four or five cups per day—no exaggeration. In fact, it’s rare to run into me without a coffee in hand. My friends know it, my clients know it, even my favorite home inspector knows it (the first time I showed up at one of his …