8 Reasons to Get Your Library Card

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By Nico Hohman

While it may be 2015, there are still several reasons you should get your own library card. Whether you’re a business owner, inventor, designer, employee, student, or retired, your local public library has many resources at your disposal – and almost all of them are free. Benjamin Franklin founded the United States’ public library system almost 200 …

Commit to Being Better

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By Alyssa Hellman

As I write this blog post, I am sitting on a plane returning from Inman Connect, a week-long conference in San Francisco. The bi-annual event has been a non-negotiable block on my calendar since I first attended back in 2012. While the content and attendees change from year-to-year, there are a few staples that keep me coming …

Why You Need a Mentor

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By Jay O’Brien

We’ve all received the calls, opened the letters, and deflected the in-person pitches. Real estate is perhaps one of the only industries that attains its workforce through blind recruiting rather than interviewing.

It’s quite simply a numbers game for many brokerages, and the strategy becomes less about value creation for agents and more about the bait.

How …

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3 Tips for Preparing Buyers

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By Andrew Janos As the real estate market continues to be fast-paced, the need to prepare your buyers is growing exponentially. Making sure buyers have a grasp on the market conditions and purchase process will allow you to manage expectations through the entire purchase. Here are three tips: Get pre-approval: Preparing a buyer financially ensures that they do not fall …

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YPN Grows Leaders

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By Rob Reuter Yesterday was a special day for YPN.  More than 90 YPN chairs, vice chairs, and staff liaisons convened in Chicago representing networks from 31 states and Canada in what I expect to be the first of many annual YPN Leadership Retreats. Whether a member of YPN since its inception in 2007 or representing a network less than …

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Make Home Valuation Systems Work to Your Advantage

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By Sam DeBord Online home valuations have a rocky history.  From automated valuation models (AVMs) used in lending during the mortgage boom to consumer-focused products like Zillow’s Zestimate, the accuracy of these valuations has always been an issue for real estate professionals.  Despite online valuations’ inability to consistently provide an accurate home value on an individual basis, one thing is clear:  …

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Keep it Relevant in Content Marketing

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By Brandon Doyle Content marketing is all about creating original content that the reader values. A lot of people go wrong by copying and pasting another person’s works, or just regurgitating what someone else has already said. It is important that what you talk about on your real estate blog or website is relevant to your reader, and to your …

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Pulling Off a BIG Event

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By Rob Mehta Recently, I attended one of the most “unique” YPN events I have ever attended. Quite simply, it was the “World’s Largest Tuesday Morning Sales Meeting.” Drawing a crowd in this industry is no easy feat, but when a group of Midwest minds with moxie got together, they were determined to attract more than just a couple people. …