Your real estate education continues long after you pass your initial license certification test. You’re learning every single day while on the job; sharing insights with associates, and hopefully benefitting from those more experienced in the field. However, additional official certification often helps widen your knowledge and earns you additional credentials as a real estate professional. The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that help members increase their skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and …

A majority of homebuyers with disabilities desire real estate agents who are trained and knowledgeable about accessible housing options. According to a 2015 survey by Century 21 and the Harris Poll, one in five homebuyers who have a disability claim they do not get the proper assistance. There are 40 million Americans living with disabilities.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law in 1990, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. This includes the processes and transactions related to the real estate industry. Here are a few …

Real estate has been an important part of this country as long as it’s been around. Settlers in the original 13 colonies brought a wealth of architectural tradition from their home countries, which were often blended to produce a uniquely American aesthetic that remains to this day. Thomas Gleason House, Framingham, MA Built in 1628, less than a decade after settlers arrived at Plymouth Rock, this Antique Colonial home has four fireplaces that the original residents depended on to survive the brutal winters that ravaged New England during what is …

Entrepreneur

Many of the best known real estate experts can be found online where they regularly share their insights on topics like marketing and sales. Fortunately, a good amount of this content is free and available at your fingertips…that is if you know where to look. We tried to give you a head start with a list of seven experts we like to follow: Barbara Corcoran Barbara is one of the stars of the popular ABC TV show, Shark Tank, and built herself a real estate empire in New York City. …

This year we touched on many subjects that are important to real estate agents. We covered everything from do’s and don’ts when showing a home, to marketing strategies, and even talked about luxury cars that impress for less. While we hope you enjoyed every post, here are the 10 you read the most: Real Estate 2016: An open letter from eCommission founder, Sean Whaling eCommission founder and CEO, Sean Whaling shared his thoughts on trends and investing in yourself for the upcoming year. Take a look at his words of …

trade show

Each year, industry giant Re/Max holds its Re/Max R4 International Convention, which brings together thousands of brokers and agents from around the world for four days of learning, networking and training. Similarly, Keller Williams hosts an annual soiree called Family Reunion, also a four-day event attended by thousands of brokers and agents looking to re-energize their business, and to learn about industry trends and emerging technologies. These, and dozens of other branded trade shows and conventions, are held all across our country every year, but the question is – is …

online learning

The best way to continue bettering your real estate career is by learning new skills. Thanks to the internet and the availability of online courses (many of them free!) you can do that from the comfort of your own home or office. Here are a few online courses that will help make you a better agent: Sales Sales is the name of the game in real estate and there’s nothing wrong with taking a refresher course from time to time. Even if you feel like your selling skills are up …

Providing for your family is probably one of the big reasons you got into real estate, but it’s not just the money you make from selling homes that the business can offer your loved ones. In some cases, it can also provide them with their own careers and livelihoods. Here are a few of the things to consider before you go down the path of setting up a family real estate business. Trust This is one of the major benefits of a family business. The bonds between owners is stronger than …

In honor of the 40th year anniversary of Rocky, the eCommission team wanted to bring you our favorite 5 hard hitting life lessons from the greatest sports movie about prize fighters ever made. Sorry, Raging Bull fans, you can’t top Rocky Balboa in the ring of popular cinema! Let’s face it, Rocky is one of the most inspiring movie characters of all time, if only because we can all see a little of ourselves in him. A down-and-out fighter who overcomes steep odds to go the distance with Apollo Creed. …

If you are looking for a new landscaper are you more likely to take the suggestion of your neighbor with the great yard, or just call the landscaper who left a piece of paper in your mailbox? Most people would take the personal referral because it came from someone with credibility. These types of referrals are crucial for real estate agents because it allows you to expand your network with minimal resources. It’s a win-win! So how do you get more people to mention your name and direct business towards …