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Foreign Home Sales Set Record
Foreign investment in U.S. real estate has surged to a new high, with property expenditures skyrocketing 49 percent over the past year, according to NAR. Nearly half of all foreign sales were in three states: Florida, California, and Texas. READ MORE
When Clients Talk Politics
Former NAR President Ron Phipps is helping to develop a REALTOR® University course on online etiquette for real estate professionals. “Great reputations are built one brick at a time, and buildings can come down with one bad move. You can destroy your reputation with one comment.” Are negative political comments threatening your business? READ MORE
Guiding Millennial Buyers
Among Americans, millennials are the most likely generation to purchase a home in 2017, according to a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) study of generational trends. With the oldest millennials turning 37 this year, many are looking to buy their first home, so it’s a good idea to understand the needs of these first-timers. READ MORE
5 Things Failure Can Teach
A rookie agent had three transactions fall apart in one evening. Trying to pull herself together, she asked: “What did I do wrong?” The mere thought of failure may make you want to run from this career and do something safer. But time passes and things get better. Here are a few life lessons about staying strong through rough patches in real estate: READ MORE
New Owners – Spend on average $10,600 in the first year; largely on appliances
Mortgage Survey – Half prefer to speak to a bank rep in person during the lending process; 70% aren’t comfortable completing the process via smartphone application. (Digital Risk)
Free to REALTORS® – Promote your online brand with a .REALTOR web and email address.
Celebrity Speaker – Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps will speak at the Chicago REALTORS® Conference & Expo in November.
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Tips for Hiring a Photographer
Don’t let poor listing photos or restrictive copyright terms stymie your marketing efforts. Here’s an overview of what to look for in a photographer for your real estate business. READ MORE
5 Ways to Improve Networking Skills
Stellar schmoozers can corner the referral market and build relationships that increase their business. But there is an art to networking and making lasting connections. Here are five tips for improving your skills from real estate pros at Keller Williams: READ MORE
Immigration and Real Estate
Immigration is among the most hotly debated issues in America right now, but regardless of the political arguments about how to manage the country’s borders, there’s no denying that an uptick in foreign residents in the U.S. is a boon for real estate, according to Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. READ MORE
Redfin Tests Buy/Sell Service
At the same time Redfin filed to go public in late June, the Seattle-based online brokerage announced it was testing Redfin Now, a service in which Redfin buys homes directly from sellers and resells them to buyers.
Fannie Loosens Loan Constraints
Fannie Mae will ease its loan qualification requirements, raising its debt-to-income ceiling from 45 percent to 50 percent on July 29. The move could make it easier for a larger number of new buyers to qualify for a mortgage. READ MORE
Links to Digital Copyright Changes
Brokers and sales associates are vulnerable to infringement claims, so make sure you own or have a license to use any listing or other photos you use in connection with a listing or that appear on your website. If you contract with a photographer, get a written agreement. READ MORE