Real Estate News for Realtors and Brokers

Builder confidence remains at highest level of the year: NAHB
Single-family home builders are citing low mortgage rates and positive job growth as reasons why builder outlook remains high.

Listed on Zillow, this nuclear missile complex could be all yours
The decommissioned Titan II missile complex in the Arizona desert comes with a launch silo but no internal plumbing or electricity.

RealPage acquires property management company Buildium for $580M
Tenant screening company RealPage has just purchased Buildium, a property management company, in a $580 million deal in cash.

It takes two: Real estate duos divulge their secrets (Part 1)
In this two-part series, we'll explore what some of the top duos in the country have to say about choosing the right partner, splitting responsibilities, handling conflict and creating a brand able to stand the test of time.

Reformers at the gate: Progressives set their sights on the housing market
In cities across the country, housing advocates, civil rights groups and defenders of the homeless are chipping away at housing laws, one state at a time. Why now?

Lesson Learned: Listen to your inner voice
Each week, we talk to agents across the country about what they’ve learned along the way (and what they wish they had known as new agents). This week, Naples agent Sonja Pound suggests focusing your energy on trusting your gut and building relationships when growing your business.

5 ways to amp up your client communication skills
Would you like to close more deals, have fewer challenges in your transactions and leave your clients feeling you truly understand who they are? You might not think about it, but there's lots more to communicating effectively than speaking and texting. Learn these communications skills and styles to ensure your own effectiveness.

The 6 features your luxury seller should upgrade
The littlest things can make the biggest impressions. When you show a high-end home, it may very well be the small flaws — scratched wood, worn furnishings, old appliances — that stand out in a buyer’s mind, no matter how beautiful the property.

3 ways to get ahead in 2020 — starting right now
Seasonality only exists in real estate for buyers and sellers, not for you. For the true hustlers of the industry, there is no downtime. In fact, you’re working harder when everyone else is kicking back. Why? Because that’s how you get ahead.

How to use the ‘1-7-30’ method to realize your goals
Focusing on realistic and attainable goals is critical when establishing business and personal ambitions. Shorter-term goals allow you to zero in on what needs to be done now to meet them. Here's how you can plan for the short and long term.

Mortgage rates rising? Look again
The information technology revolution continues to break old assumptions behind economic modeling. We're in uncharted waters — though the leaders at the Federal Reserve have some theories and data.

Wilted curb appeal? Try Tilly’s online landscape design services
Tilly is an online landscape design company that offers real estate agents and sellers an array of exterior staging services.

WeWork losses continue to explode in Q3, new report reveals
WeWork reportedly posted a loss of $1.25 billion in the third quarter, according to "The Wall Street Journal."

Don’t lose your mind! 10 tips for staying sane through challenging transactions
We've all dealt with impossible client expectations and demands. Here's how to stay level-headed through contentious transactions.

New public housing bill puts meat on Green New Deal
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez unveil a bill that would overhaul the nation's one million public housing units with carbon-neutral retrofits.

$20B real estate investor to go independent
A provider of financial services to military members has sold a controlling stake in USAA Real Estate, an investment firm that often co-invests with pension funds.

The Real Word: How will Realogy’s Cartus deal impact agents?
Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week: Realogy is set to sell the relocation arm of Cartus for $400 million. Byron and Nicole talk through how they would feel about it if they were Realogy agents.

Want happy, productive agents? Make their pay your priority
Getting paid promptly for your work is surprisingly hard in our high-tech world. Make it a priority for your agents to feel that they're valued and that their hard-work is acknowledged without a doubt.

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