How Do I Start My Own Real Estate Brokerage?

Starting your own real estate brokerage can prove lucrative. Around 6.2 million Americans purchased a home in 2017, and they all used a brokerage in some capacity to make these moves. Setting up a new business is never easy. But with careful planning, you can increase your chances of success. Here are the steps for… Read more

4 Ways to Balance Family Time When You Own a Business

Juggling business and family is a constant struggle. We know Americans have a poor work-life balance. As a busy entrepreneur, there are a number of ways you can successfully focus on your career and personal life. Here’s how to do it. 1. Spend More Quality Time With Your Family A job involving owning your own… Read more

Are You Using a Wire Fraud Notice?

From 2000 through 2017, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received more than 4 million victim complaints. IC3 is the lead federal agency for investigating cyber-attacks and also provides the public with information about criminal cyber activity. In May of 2018, the IC3 released its Internet Crime Report for 2017. The Report provides… Read more

How MLOs Can Grow Their Referral Sources

Obtaining a mortgage loan can be a stressful process. Most people don’t share information about their finances with other people. But when they want a loan, they must share all of their financial information with a mortgage loan officer (MLO). They must trust that MLO has their best interests in mind and will find them… Read more

Home Inspection: What I Wish I Knew in My First Year

As an experienced home inspector, I’ve learned a lot; some of it good, some of it scary, but all of it important. If I’d known some of these things when I first started out, I could have saved myself time and aggravation. So, now that I have a few years of experience under my belt,… Read more

Buyers and Exercise Due Diligence on Flood Zone Determination

As part of the home buying process, lenders are required under federal law to determine whether the property is located in a flood hazard area. If it is, then the buyer will be required to purchase flood insurance. If it is not, then insurance is unnecessary. However, if it is later determined the property is… Read more

How Can Insurance Agents Use Drones?

If you are — or are planning to be — an insurance agent, you know that the insurance industry is working to take advantage of new technology. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are tools you can use to improve safety, save time, be more productive, and delight your customers with quick service! Damage… Read more

How Can an Appraiser Use Drones?

For some, drones are pesky annoyances. But in many industries, they are considered to be labor-saving technology. A real estate appraiser, for example, can benefit from the extra vantage point offered by a drone. Here are five ways drones can make real estate appraisal more enjoyable and efficient. What’s On the Roof? Not all properties… Read more

Property Managers: Adequate Notice Ruling from Supreme Court

Managing property is not limited to finding tenants and collecting rent. One critical component of any property manger’s duties is to safeguard their client’s property. Thus, daily tasks like keeping up the landscaping and making repairs are necessary to keep the property in habitable condition and protect the landlord’s investment. Another responsibility is making sure… Read more

How to Use Smart Home Technology to Improve Home Business Workflow

“Home business” means something different from entrepreneur to entrepreneur. In some cases, it means an office in the home where clients are dealt with remotely. In many other instances, it means an actual office where clients come to you. How often is your workday interrupted by the need to handle home-related tasks? You can use… Read more

How to Sell a Smart Home in Just a Few Days

Did you know the global smart home market will likely reach more than 40 billion dollars by 2020? Or that the United States has the world’s highest smart home penetration rate, followed by Japan and Germany? These statistics prove that more Americans are searching for the hottest smart homes. But how do you sell one… Read more

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