March 23, 2017

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Commercial Campaign Commercial Headlines - 3 hours 20 min ago

The leg of the Consumer Advertising Campaign focusing on commercial real estate showcases to consumers the benefits of working with a REALTOR® when looking for a commercial space. The ads explain that the right commercial space is a competitive advantage and that having a REALTOR® by their side is the ultimate secret weapon when searching for that competitive advantage.

Media Partnerships Money and Fortune

NAR is partnering with Money and Fortune magazines to create a 10-part series of articles designed to showcase unique, out-of-the-box... Read More

Research: Diverging Trends in Market Performance Commercial Headlines - 3 hours 20 min ago

With a slowdown in global economic activity, financial market volatility and a contentious presidential campaign, commercial real estate investors have taken a step back in the early months of 2016. The U.S. economy sputtered during the first quarter of 2016, with gross domestic product advancing at a weak 1.0 percent annual rate. The... Read More

2016 Q2 Commercial Real Estate Market Survey Commercial Headlines - 3 hours 20 min ago

The REALTORS® Commercial Real Estate Market Trends measures quarterly activity in the commercial real estate markets, as reported in a national survey. The survey collects data from REALTORS® engaged in commercial real estate transactions. The survey is designed to provide an overview of market performance, sales and leasing transactions, along with information on current economic challenges and future expectations.

  • 66 percent of REALTORS® closed a commercial sale.
  • Sales volume rose 8.4 percent from a year ago.
  • ... Read More

Commercial Innovation Grants Commercial Headlines - 3 hours 20 min ago

Be REVOLUTIONARY; the 2017 message from President Bill Brown, daring all of us to be the driving force of change in the industry. The Commercial Innovation Grant program provides local and state REALTOR® associations with the chance to be a game changer by awarding funding for innovative and revolutionary programming to improve the value and benefits for commercial members.

To apply, download and complete the Commercial Innovation Grant Application... Read More

Comment on The Essentials to Styling Your Home to Sell Quickly by Mike Shrader

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Comment on 10 Budget-Friendly Home Improvements for This Winter by Granite countertops @expresskitchen

Styled, Staged & Sold - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 00:37

During winter season a home needs special attention or improvement so that it can withstand the winters. Thanks for sharing some great budget friendly home improvement tips that we can apply. Keep sharing such blogs.

Comment on Bathroom Trends for 2017 by Granite countertops @expresskitchen

Styled, Staged & Sold - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 00:32

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Comment on 6 Tips for Planning Ahead for an Eye-Popping Spring Bulb Garden by Brett Cairns RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty

Styled, Staged & Sold - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:06

Spring is just around the corner and I will be sharing these tips with my clients

3 Actions to Take After You Receive a Bogus Email

Speaking of Real Estate - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:31

You may recall a previous post about Sue Dietz, an Iowa real estate agent whose identity was being used by scammers to send fraudulent emails to other real estate professionals all over the country. The emails, which were sent from an email address using Dietz’s name, offered a bogus client referral. Anyone who responded to the email was sent a Dropbox link, which, once opened, gave hackers access to the user’s passwords and other information.

This type of scam is spreading. Sam DeBord, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Danforth in Seattle, discovered last week that hackers are using his identity to launch a similar email scam. DeBord tells us that he’s received hundreds of phone calls, texts, and emails from practitioners who received a bogus email in his name. In the video above, he gives details about how he is getting a warning out to his colleagues about the scam and tips on what you should do if you receive this bogus email.

Money’s Available to Buy But Many Renters Don’t Know It

Speaking of Real Estate - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:45

Millions of households are mortgage-ready but don’t even try to buy because they can’t come up with a downpayment. And yet, remarkably, hundreds of downpayment assistance programs around the country are largely untapped. Why the disconnect?


To be sure, many households won’t qualify for downpayment assistance, because they simply earn too much money. But more people than you might realize would qualify if they only apply. Because in many markets, the allowable income level is pretty high, and we’re not just talking about high-cost markets like San Francisco, where he median home price is about $1 million.

There are hundreds of downpayment assistance programs around the country. Each one is unique, with its own eligibility requirements, home-price limits, and resale restrictions. But these programs also share many features. The disconnect between the millions of households who could buy if they only had downpayment money and the availability of so many programs to help them creates an opportunity for you as a real estate professional. No one is in a better position to connect households with assistance programs than you are.


It’s because of this opportunity to expand your market that REALTOR® Magazine is hosting a live webcast on April 20. The goal is to let you know how you can find out instantly what programs are available for households in your area.

For the program we have Rob Chrane, CEO of DownPayment Resource in Atlanta, and Brenda Small, GRI, associate broker with Keller Williams Capital Properties in Washington, D.C.

They’ll walk you through the programs available, what they have in common with one another, and how you and your customers can tap into resources in your market instantly. They’ll debunk myths about the programs, too. And they’ll answer your questions in real time.

Chrane’s company maintains a database of 2,500 housing assistance programs, hundreds of them downpayment assistance programs. If you think you have households in your area who are ready to buy if only they can overcome that downpayment hurdle, the webcast might be of help to you. It will be on Thursday, April 20, at 2 p.m., Eastern time. Register and get more info. 

Learn more in this video promo:



In Real Estate, Scammers Are Getting Unbelievably Tricky

Speaking of Real Estate - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:29

A hip-looking website and a realistic-looking payment invoice. Real estate professionals in Florida were recently hit with a scam in which they were instructed to pay a fee to maintain their membership listing with the Florida Board of REALTORS®, but there is no such organization.

What’s concerning about this latest scam to hit the real estate industry is how much the perpetrators paid attention to details. The website is slick and the invoice is serious. Whoever is behind this attempt to milk fees out of unsuspecting real estate professionals appears to be banking on the idea that the right design can mislead people. Which means it’s not just realistic-looking emails you have to be on guard against; you have to be on guard against realistic-looking invoices and websites.

The scam is a top story in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. Other segments look at what’s happening  in Washington. Among other things, the Trump administration has pushed the pause button on a rule that NAR had concerns with, paving the way for REALTORS® to have input into the rule should it be rewritten.

The rule concerns the expansion of bodies of water subject to Clean Water Act restrictions. That’s a topic that seems remote from the everyday practice of buying and selling real estate but it has the potential to slow and even derail development of real estate because property that previously was not subject to environmental review would be subject to it. So, NAR favors reviewing that rule and seeing how it might be changed.

Another Washington story is about flood insurance. The federal flood insurance program is the only realistic game in town for home owners and buyers in many areas and it expires in a few months, so NAR has been pushing hard to get it extended soon, because the last time the program expired, it wreaked havoc on home sales in thousands of communities across the country. The good news is that Congress seems serious about not letting that happen again and the update explains what has to happen over the next few months to keep the insurance flowing.

The video also looks at a report that just came out from NAR that finds Gen Xers—those born between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s—are getting back into the market after enduring a rough ride during the economic crisis a few years ago. Of all the generations, this one was hardest hit, with a fifth of them going underwater on their mortgage and almost 15 percent having to sell under distressed circumstances. But they’re back in the market now, and that’s a good thing. Access the video.

Comment on 5 Winter Home Improvement Projects for Less Than $1,000 by Alexander Skarsgard

Styled, Staged & Sold - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 03:32

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Meet the 2017 30 Under 30 Finalists & Vote

YPN Lounge - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 15:06

Last Wednesday, REALTOR® Magazine announced the 50 finalists vying for a seat in the 30 Under 30 class of 2017. Now, this Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day!), you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about these young entrepreneurs in profiles that will be published at noon Central Time on REALTOR® Magazine Online.

Edit: Voting is now open! Vote now through March 24.

This group of finalists beat out a strong field of more than 300 applicants in three rounds of tough judging leading up to this point. They represent the diverse landscape of the real estate industry, not just personally, but in business specialty and market location. There’s a former environmentalist turned real estate sustainability expert, a former real estate photographer who was nearly homeless, a mountain region specialist, a few luxury market specialists, even a former professional break dancer who demos his moves at open houses.

But now it’s your turn to help one of the finalist advance to this year’s 30 Under 30. All you have to do is vote in the Web Choice competition starting at noon Central Time on Friday, March 17, until noon Central Time on Friday, March 24. You may vote once every 24 hours for each candidate. The finalist who collects the most votes will be named the Web Choice Award winner, and is guaranteed a spot among this year’s 30 Under 30. Judges will select the other 29 honorees from the field of finalists below.

*Note: Some office networks operate all computers under a single IP address. If this is the case at your company, only one vote from that office will be recognized per day. Please try voting from home or outside of your office network.

The 2017 class of 30 Under 30, and the Web Choice Award winner, will be announced Monday, March 27 at noon Central Time, and their full profiles will be featured in the May/June issue of REALTOR® Magazine. Stay tuned for more information on the 30 Under 30 home page.

Congratulations to the 2017 finalists:

Nikolas Boone
Ascend Real Estate
Bakersfield, Calif.

Brittany Brands
The Loken Group

Kara Chen
Keller Williams of Central PA East
Hummelstown, Pa.

Ashley Christianson
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Fargo, N.D.

Henry Edelstein
Coldwell Banker Burnet
St. Paul, Minn.

Karen Elmir
Cervera Real Estate Inc.

Ashton Ernst
Keller Williams Realty Peachtree

Corinne Fales
Redefined Realty Advisors
Delafield, Wis.

Lucy Feicht
Lou Realty Group
St. Louis

Saria Finkelstein
Keller Williams Partners
Plantation, Fla.

Andrew Flachner
Sunnyvale, Calif.

Ryan Gillen
Irongate Inc., REALTORS®
Waynesville, Ohio

Ryan Glass
Gibson Sotheby’s International

Paul Haviland
Stark Company, REALTORS®
Madison, Wis.

Jessica Houghton
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Ryan Jancula
Los Angeles

Alexandria Kebalo
South Windsor, Conn.

Wilson Leung
Keller Williams Peninsula Estates
Burlingame, Calif.

Zachary Lombardi
Gibson Sotheby’s International
Charlestown, Mass.

Grant Lopez
RE/MAX Associates
San Antonio

Raymond Lord
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
East Hampton, N.Y.

Sarah Lyons
CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Co.
Springtown, Texas

Shyla Magee
Windermere Prestige Properties
Henderson, Nev.

Anthony Manzon
Keller Williams Realty
Chula Vista, Calif.

Liz Campbell Moore
RE/MAX Alliance Evergreen
Evergreen, Colo. Logan Ormerod
Kentucky Select Properties
Louisville, Ky.

Dustin Parker
Home Team Realty
Laurel, Del.

Abbey Parsons
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Valley
Spokane Valley, Wash.

Davis Pemstein
Climb Real Estate Group
San Francisco

Dominic Pettruzzelli
Keller Williams Western Realty
Stanwood, Wash.

Eric Pham
John Daugherty, REALTORS®

Aislinn Phelan
Keller Williams Realty of SETX
Beaumont, Texas

Jessica Randolph
Village Real Estate Services
Nashville, Tenn.

Louis Savinetti IV
RE/MAX Dynamic
Tampa, Fla.

Margaret Scarborough
Burns & Ellis, REALTORS®
Dover, Del.

Melissa Shipley
Berkshire Hathaway HomeService

Elizabeth Stone
RE/MAX Allegiance
Falls Church, Va.

Melanie Stone
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Brandon Tabassi
RE/MAX Partners
Andover, Mass.

Farris Tarazi
Century 21 Yarrow & Associates
Lancaster, Calif.

Jessica Thompson
Loxwood Realty
Oklahoma City

Jamie Tian
Rodeo Realty
Beverly Hills, Calif.

Latoya Tolbert
CLJ Realty
Long Beach, Calif.

Maci Umbertis
Merrill & Associates Real Estate
Paso Robles, Calif.

Will Wiard
Weichert, REALTORS®
Alexandria, Va.

Christie Wilbur
The Group Inc.—Mulberry
Fort Collins, Colo.

Ryan Wrathell
Keller Williams Pozek Group
Novi, Mich.

Mary Harmon Young
Pritchett Moore Real Estate
Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Erica Zanni
Macomb, Mich.

Trent Zimmer
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Apple Valley, Minn.







Help Clients Get a Clearer View of Clutter

Weekly Book Scan - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 14:23

OK, it’s confession time: I haven’t even been in my house for a full two years yet, and it’s already time for a decluttering session. Maybe part of it was moving into a place that didn’t need much work (oh I know, poor me!). When we moved in, my husband and I just got unpacked and settled as soon as we could without putting a lot of thought into how to organize our stuff. On the flip side, it could be the boxes we never unpacked in the move before last, which we just trucked along to our next place where storage was much more plentiful than before. But Amanda Sullivan, author of Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist’s Guide to Getting—and Staying—Organized (De Capo, 2017), would probably point to her belief that pretty much everyone needs to incorporate the habit of continually of decluttering into our daily lives.

Photo: Ryan McGuire, Gratisography

“Your home is a living, breathing thing, like a garden. You must constantly weed and winnow items because, with no effort on your part, it will always be growing,” she writes, suggesting readers keep a dedicated bag or box for getting rid of unneeded items.

But what if you’re dealing with sellers who haven’t employed this trick and have years of built-up reservoirs they need to purge before putting their home on the market? Honestly, I’d recommend picking up a copy of this book for them. I was only a few minutes in when I was inspired to go home and tackle my closet.

Despite being the owner of the intimidatingly titled professional organizer/coaching business The Perfect Daughter, Sullivan is exceedingly nonjudgemental and concentrates her advice on making homes livable, rather than immaculate. Indeed, Organized Enough hangs on the principle of FLOW:

  • Forgive yourself. “Having a disorganized home does not mean you’re sick or dysfunctional,” Sullivan assures readers.
  • Let stuff go. She suggests beginning with with the easy stuff (which is why I’m headed to the closet and not those unpacked boxes in the basement) that will make the greatest visual impact.
  • Organize what’s left. Don’t head to the Container Store until you’ve accomplished the above steps! You have to take stock before you know what you need.
  • Weed constantly (addressed above).

So keep this one in your back pocket for clients, but I’d also suggest real estate pros read this book on their own. The chapter on seeing one’s home as a stranger is particularly helpful for industry insiders such as yourselves. Sullivan also includes tips to motivate specific types of people (photo journaling or Pinterest boards for the visual learners, using a notebook to craft a narrative of change for the storytellers, questions to ask for those who prefer to talk it out interpersonally, etc.).

Here are three ideas from Organized Enough you can use to help your sellers who need some organizational assistance.

  1. Ask sellers to take you on a tour, pointing out where they see systems as working and where they aren’t. Meanwhile, take note of places where random things are being squirreled away, spaces aren’t being used to their full potential, or where dust might be gathering. These are spots that can easily be targeted first. Sullivan also suggests looking at spaces through mirrors and photography to help bring a fresh perspective.
  2. Connect clients with practical solutions for letting go. Put together a handout or resource page on your website that includes contact information, drop-off times, and details about what kinds of donations different charities in your area will accept. Some may even offer free curbside pick-up. Gather a list of links to local groups where neighbors give away or sell used goods (Nextdoor, Freecycle, Facebook parent groups, etc.). Also, find out what the rules are in your area for how to dispose of certain items such as electronics or paint.
  3. Help them recognize the source of their clutter. Sullivan notes that most overstuffed homes can be traced back to fear. She goes over the different anxieties that feed into this in detail, which can be very helpful to getting to the root of the problem and closer to a lasting solution. In fact, some your clients might be highly organized people who let the ideal of perfection become the enemy of “good enough.”

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How to Use Co-Promote in Your Real Estate Marketing

YPN Lounge - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 18:44

Anita Clark

By Anita Clark

Building a website, posting content, then hoping consumers find you online is a bit like putting a sign in a yard, performing no marketing, and hoping a bunch of potential buyers stop by or call for a preview. Getting your content found online by real estate consumers takes work.

If you have created a masterpiece you know buyers and sellers will love, used killer graphics to convey your message, have shared the article all over the web, yet traffic is still lagging, there is an easy way to help increase both exposure and traffic. Promote your content on CoPromote. It is a social sharing site well suited for both novice and advanced real estate bloggers.

They have both a free service and paid options. The free version allows you to promote (they call it boost) one piece of content at a time. The three pay plans are Pro, Premium, and Max, which all allow you to promote as many pieces of content concurrently as you wish. You also get an extra 200,000 to 1.5 million points per month (depending on your plan).

Basically, you share your article via social media then boost that content so others on CoPromote can see your article and share it with their online audiences. In-turn, you need to share content created by others to keep your “points” high enough so others can share your content. You gain points each time you share content with your followers on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube. The number of points you receive is based on the number of followers you have on the social media site you share to.

Image courtesy of Anita Clark

What’s the value of this approach? Let’s say you live in a military community. You know our servicemen and women periodically move to bases in other locales. If you have created an article about military relocation tips that is shared on CoPromote by another agent in another locale to their followers, it could result in a future buyer if that consumer happens to be moving to your military community and sees your content on that agents Facebook feed, Instagram page, YouTube channel, etc. Even if the share does not result in future biz, you get a whole lot more brand exposure, with minimal effort expended.

You have the options of following other co-promoters (so you know when they have shared new content that you can share), sending invites to friends and colleagues, and can choose from a wide range of topics you want to see on a regular basis. It is a give-and-take system that rewards and encourages you to share quality articles.

It works! Give the free option a spin. You have nothing to lose. Watch your articles gain traction via shares that help push your content to the far reaches of the Web. If that does not sell you on giving it a spin, the links are currently do-follow for all the link junkies out there.

Anita Clark is a residential real estate agent with Coldwell Banker SSK, REALTORSÆ, in Houston County, Georgia. She is from Coventry, England, is a retired military spouse, and has been assisting buyers, investors, and sellers in middle GA since 2007. Connect with Anita on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, or on her Warner Robins Real Estate Blog.