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Being Good to the Environment is Good For Business

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Environmental, Technology & Social Media 1 Comment

By Heather Soldonia The San Francisco Bay area is known for being progressive. In San Francisco we have more than 40 LEED-registered municipal projects in the pipeline, real estate agencies who promote themselves exclusively as “green” and (did I forget to mention…) Berzerkeley. As real estate agents we use a lot of paper, electric, and energy resources. The following are …

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Your Chance to Be Part of 30 Under 30

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By Katherine Tarbox, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine In 1999, former REALTOR® magazine Senior Editor Robert Sharoff gave birth to the idea of showcasing talented real estate pros under the age of 30. Thousands of applications and hundreds of profiles later, the 30 Under 30 program is thriving. The 2010 edition will mark the 10th anniversary for this feature. REALTOR® Magazine …

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How Do You Use Technology? HP is Awarding Prizes for Best REALTOR® Technology Stories

Blog Contributor Professional Development, Technology, YPN News 1 Comment

Win a $3800 mobile office package or one of four HP mini Netbook computers. Hewlett-Packard wants to hear how YPN members use technology to win more business, save time, and wow clients.  They are running a contest for the best example of technology use of by a REALTOR®. All entries due October 28. The winners will be announced at the …

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Finding Income in the Downtime

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Working with Clients, YPN Events 4 Comments

By Jessica Hickok Although selling real estate can be a very lucrative career, there can be some downtime when listings are hard to move, ultimately casting a negative cloud over that whole lucrative career thing. That’s where residential property management can swoop in and save the day.  Property managers typically charge a monthly management fee, which is usually a percentage …

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Accentuate the Positive? Maybe Not!

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing, Sales Tips & Techniques 17 Comments

By Patricia Kennedy How do you market a house that’s beyond awful? You price it right. But it’s more important to lower the expectations of colleagues and buyers – and to do it in a way that still gets them in the door and makes them laugh. In one of Washington, D.C.’s worst ever markets, some dear friends called. Both …

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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 …

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Tips to Help First-Time Home Buyers Succeed

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By Heather Soldonia Despite the condition of the nation’s real estate market, California still holds some of the strongest property values in the country. Forbes Magazine recently released its annual article of America’s 500 Most Expensive Zip Codes. And it’s actually easier to identify which San Francisco Bay area towns aren’t listed. The median home price in Sunnyvale (#498) was …

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Working With Short Sales: Too Much Junk in the Trunk! Try These Navigation Techniques

Melissa Tracey Business Challenges, Short Sales & Foreclosures, Working with Clients 1 Comment

By Dave Robison A short sale would have you think it’s going to be a quick and short closing. The problem is they all have too much Junk in the Trunk. In a race, their tail end is dragging along the ground, which makes the vehicle go about as slow as my kid in a wagon. Here are two examples …