Why Do I Have To Become a REALTOR®?

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Establishing Your Business, New REALTOR®, Professional Development 2 Comments

By Sam DeBord

Excerpted from Sam DeBord’s contribution to the book “The Honest Real Estate Agent” (2016) by Mario Jannatpour.

This is the question that inevitably comes up for new real estate agents within their first few years of business. There are fees to be paid to the licensing agency, the brokerage, and the MLS, but what is the REALTOR® …

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Did You Hear the One About the Agent Who Sold that Home…?

Blog Contributor Code of Ethics, Sales & Marketing, Sellers 15 Comments

By Dave Robison Sometimes selling is complicated. Sometimes, a home can sit for weeks, months, even years before there’s so much as a bite. But with the right knowledge and dialogue, selling a home can be as easy as telling a buyer’s agent one simple thing. In 2011, I wrote a post about the power of one sentence to attract …

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What Makes a REALTOR® Different?

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, communication 3 Comments

By Dave Robison What is the difference between a REALTOR® and a regular old Joe with a real estate license?  Can anyone you’ve asked from the public answer that question correctly?  Better yet, can all of the REALTORS® in your office answer that question?   I feel like it was indoctrinated in me through continuing eduction classes.  So, from what I’ve …

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The American Dream

Blog Contributor communication, Helpful Tools, Personal Fulfillment, Promoting Home Ownership 1 Comment

By Subhi J. Gharbieh With everything that is currently going on in many parts of the Middle East, specifically Egypt, it really made me think about how blessed we are to live in this country. Being a first generation Palestinian-American, it hurts me to see what the Egyptian people are going through. But I am proud that they are standing …

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What Are Ethics?

Blog Contributor Code of Ethics, ethics 3 Comments

By Toby Boyce According to Dictionary.com, one definition is that ethics are “the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.” As members of the National Association of REALTORS®, practitioners agree to abide by the Code of Ethics as established by the organization, and are bound by state and …

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Would You Provide Real Estate Pro Bono?

Blog Contributor Being a Broker, Code of Ethics, ethics, Personal Fulfillment 6 Comments

By Toby Boyce “Should NAR include a pro bono provision in REALTOR® code of ethics?” The question was posed to me recently on Twitter by Sellsius publisher Joseph Ferrarra. It is something Ferrara has been kicking around for a while with “Pro Bono Real Estate Broker?”  appearing June 2006 and several other articles including “Should NAR include a pro-bono provision …