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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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Is the Real Estate Market Finally Balancing Out?

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By Hazel Emlen The housing market was off to quite a competitive start at the beginning of 2021. For many buyers, the competition made purchasing a home quite challenging. Some buyers have given up on purchasing a home altogether. From the stress of competing with cash buyers and buyers who waive most or even all contingencies, many first-time home buyers …

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4 Ways to Handle Real Estate’s Busy Summer Season

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By Alex Craig

It’s been a while since my last YPN Lounge post because I fell into the trap many of us are experiencing: the crazy busy spring and summer real estate season.

At the core, I believe my failure was due to a lack of planning. I am personally looking at everything I do and I’m trying to prepare …

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Video: Helping Home Sellers Select the Best Offer

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By Lee Davenport

With inventory shortages affecting most U.S. markets, the National Association of REALTORS® found that there are five offers per listing on average. Wow! That’s nice for home sellers and those of us who are Listing Leaders©.

But that also means, now more than ever, we have to educate our clients on how to select an offer without …

From Hate to Love: 6 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

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By Rebecca Donatelli

I’ll never forget the first time I had to get up in front of an audience and give a speech. I did it in order to meet a core requirement in college, not because I wanted to. It was my sophomore year, and I remember thinking I would rather try to solve the infamous Fermat’s Last Theorem …

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How to Protect Computers, Smartphones, and Other Devices When You Travel

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By Burton Kelso

Summer is here, and with it comes day trips and extended vacations. For real estate professionals, tech gadgets are part of your everyday life to keep in touch with clients, which means if you travel, you’re bound to take devices like smartphones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, and digital cameras with you. I’m sure one of your worst nightmares …

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4 Tips to Strengthen Relationships With Other Agents

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By Erica Christoffer

Developing trusting relationships with other agents can be good for business. Agents should approach every interaction with professionalism and never speak negatively about others.

REALTOR® Magazine writer Lee Nelson recently wrote a story for brokers on how they can improve their company culture so that it values and promotes reciprocation and respect between agents in the field. …

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How to Stand Out in a Hot Market

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By: The CE Shop

The housing market was thrown for a loop in 2020 with dwindling inventory and booming demand for properties. As of April 2021, the median existing-home price in the U.S. was $341,600, a 19.1% gain year over year. Despite property prices skyrocketing, we are seeing more bidding wars and all-cash offers. This trend is continuing into 2021 …

Leads Need Conversation; Connectivity Grows Business

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By Gary Ward

Ask anyone with knowledge about the real estate brokerage business and they’ll tell you; those who control the real estate listings control the real estate market. Listings are the key to an agent’s (and a broker’s) bottom line, especially in a market with historically low inventory, rapidly rising home prices, and growing demand from exploding generational populations. …

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5 Tips for Rising to the Top in Real Estate

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By Rogers Healy

Every year, I eagerly read the RealTrends 500 rankings, an elite list of top 1.5% brokerages in the U.S. But this year was different. For the first time in 14 years, our Dallas-based firm made the list, ranked as one of the “Nation’s Best.” Data also showed that our firm was the top independently owned single-office brokerage …