The world may have moved online, but old-school print handouts still bring value and communicate your message. If they’re done right, they get read, and you get results. Anybody can create a social media post or website, but when you hand out a printed flyer, potential clients know that you are serious about your business. Back in the day, it may have been necessary to hire (and spend lots of money) on a design agency to create your handouts and brochures. These days, though, you can take advantage of online …

Of home purchase loans in the U.S. the percentage including a co-signer continues to increase, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. With rising home prices and interest rates, and intense competition among buyers, first-time homebuyers are facing tough financial challenges. They’re often asking parents, grandparents and other friends and relatives to co-sign a loan in order to make their American Dream happen. As a real estate agent, you’re not obligated to provide financial advice on this topic, but it would be helpful to be prepared with some co-signing red flags if …

The consensus is growing and that means real estate markets may be experiencing a cooling down in 2019. With the help of Dana Bull, a Boston-area real estate professional, Realtor.com has uncovered seven signs that help you tell if your market is cooling down. Knowing this may help you reconfigure your sales strategy and better serve your clients. 1.The property is spending more days on the market If the homes in your area are sitting around with no action, it could mean that the buying market is becoming less competitive …

Updated as of Monday, January 21, 2019 First the bad news, and then some good news about how you can still get paid during the shutdown: 2019 is off to a worrisome start. As of this posting, the United States government remains in a partial shutdown. The President and Congress are unable to agree on the provisions of a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government, particularly the funding (or not) of a wall that would be built along the Mexican border. A partial shutdown means that only some — …

A recent U.S. News & World report analysis found that the most preferred retirement markets are located in just three states. The online survey addressed people age 45 and older who compared the 100 largest metro areas in the country as potential retirement spots. Deciding factors included housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market, and access to quality health care. The most preferred cities are located in Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Florida has seven cities that ranked in the 25 Best Places to Retire. The reasons: affordable homes, …

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) could be your best friend when seeing through a real estate sale. Not having one could lead to all kinds of worst-case scenarios, including the buyer and the seller deciding to finish the sale without you. An NDA can confirm your role in the sale, how much you are to be compensated and what information can and cannot be shared. Buyers can benefit from NDAs as well; they can protect their personal and financial information and prevent the details of the sale from being shared with …

Cross-border investments sales reached $62.7 billion year-to-date through Q3, according to the research firm Real Capital Analytics. That’s a 56 percent increase compared to the same period in 2017. That stat even surpasses the $60.3 billion seen during the first three quarters of 2015, which was a foreign investment record at that time. “Foreign interest in either the equity or debt stack in U.S. assets remains very strong,” Chris Ludeman, global president of capital markets with real estate services firm CBRE, told National Real Estate Investor (NREI). CBRE reports that …

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) has installed its leadership for 2019. The event took place at the 2018 Realtors Conference & Expo, which included the election of a new president. Here are the new officeholders: John Smaby, 2019 President A second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota who has been in the industry for nearly 40 years. He was NAR’s 2018 president elect and 2017 first vice president. He is a broker at Edina Realty, where he specializes in residential real estate. He was named Minnesota Realtors’ Realtor® of the Year …

The world’s largest real estate services company is joining the white-hot coworking office space business. The reason: big clients and big money. Coworking was originally designed for small startups, remote workers and freelancers who may not have been able to afford traditional office space. However, the trend has since been shifting to larger corporate clients, who are requesting flexible office space and a younger energy and environment for their workforce. In 2019, CBRE is launching its Hana brand in New York, entering property management agreements with landlords. The idea: to …

Nearly 10 percent of Realtors® report an increase in property values when they are located near marijuana dispensaries. This is according to a report on the impact of marijuana legalization on residential and commercial real estate. It was presented during a session entitled “High Times in Real Estate” at NAR’s 2018 Realtor Conference and Expo in November 2018. The report is called “Marijuana and Real Estate: A Budding Issue.” Realtors® in states where marijuana is legal were surveyed regarding their experiences with marijuana and the real estate sector. The report’s …