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Federal Sentencing Guidelines Have Relevance To Real Estate Brokers

Do Federal Sentencing Guidelines contain valuable lessons for real estate brokers? Simply, without any cynical implications, the answer is 'yes'. This is not because real estate brokers are especially liable to be candidates for federal sentencing. Rather, it is because the Guidelines lay out procedures that are relevant to anyone who might be interested in establishing an ethically corporate culture, regardless of whether or not their business might be at special criminal risk.


Home Inspection: Yes; Escalation Clause: Maybe

A friend told us that the market is hot, and there are very few house available for a large number of potential buyers. We were advised to consider including an escalator clause in any contract we present to a seller. And if there is an escalation clause, how do we deal with the amount of the loan we plan to get. It was also suggested that we decline having a home inspection. What do you think about these issues?


Real Estate Professional Dana Roberts Makes Second Donation In The Agent With Heart Program To The Hope For Paws Animal Rescue Organization

PinRaise, the company that connects real estate agents with local clients and nonprofits, announced today that Ms. Dana Roberts, of Coldwell Banker Residential Irvine, recently closed a transaction and made a special donation to the Hope for Paws animal rescue organization on behalf of her client.


How Fannie Mae is quashing school debt

The massive amount of student debt carried by college graduates could become less of an issue for those who want to become homeowners under new policies announced today by Fannie Mae ...


S&P/Case-Shiller: Home prices hit 32-month high

February's S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index numbers set a fourth consecutive all-time high -- the highest HPI seen in a whopping 32 months ...


What’s the biggest issue for Realtors right now? Lack of homes for sale

In Nevada, Idaho and Utah in March, companies were hiring and people were finding jobs; non-farm employment was 3 percentage points to 4 percentage points higher this year than in 2016. So it's no shock that those states were all in the "strong" or "very strong" buyer traffic sections of the National Association of Realtors' latest Realtors Confidence Index report ...


9 legal considerations for alternative listing input

Here are a few thoughts and questions about the legal implications stemming from changing the traditional flow of listing input, companies (legally) inserting themselves between the participant and MLS, or both ...


Your real estate yard signs are bad: 4 tips to fix them

In the realm of real estate, yard signs have long held a steady place in marketing both homes and services. But how important are they really, and do today’s agents really need them? The answer is a resounding yes, but only with good design ...


What’s one thing every new real estate agent should know?

Three real estate pros give snippets of advice for newbies entering the field, from the painfully obvious mistake of forgetting to bring your client to an appointment (talk about rookie nerves!), leaving what you see on HGTV and 'Million Dollar Listing' to fiction, and -- on a more serious note -- the importance of creating a business that's true to you. ...


3 ethical tests to guide you through real estate’s toughest dilemmas

In a world of contracts, disclosure law, negotiations, profits, losses and people, you do not have to sell real estate for very long before the interests of one party come up against the interests of another party, with you stuck squarely in the middle. It is in these moments that you have a decision to make ...


When should agents attend the home inspection?

Agents and founders of Seaport Real Estate Group in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Byron Lazine and Tim Bray talk inspections, and when agents should be present. One on hand, some clients need to be handheld through a new process. In other cases, agents opening their mouth during this important step can cross the line. Here's their take. ...


5 tips to take back real estate lead generation with killer landing pages

Pairing effective lead capture with a well-planned marketing funnel helps real estate agents take back control of their lead generation. ...


Daily market update: April 25, 2017

Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news ...

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