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    WATCH: The Art and Science of Negotiation

    Negotiation is table stakes for a successful real estate professional. Yet, not everyone has mastered this skill, regardless of experience level. This is why The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and professionals like Rob Nahigian work tirelessly to help agents and brokers sharpen their negotiation strategy and tactics. Better negotiation skills not only ensure a…

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    Biden Revives Housing Priorities in New Roadmap

    The Biden administration announced this morning a sprawling package of housing related initiatives, largely pulled from the failed “Build Back Better” bill that fizzled in Congress last winter, promising to boost supply, preserve existing affordable housing and re-write regulations and federal incentive programs to expand construction opportunities across the nation. The approximately 10-page outline is…

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    BHGRE Announces Affiliation of Green Lake, Wisconsin Firm Special Properties

    Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC has announced the affiliation of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Special Properties. The firm is based in Green Lake, Wisconsin and its service area encompasses Green Lake, Ripon, Princeton, Berlin, Markesan, Montello, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Wautoma. The boutique brokerage is led by Jeff Shadick and…

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    Don’t Get Burned: Fire Risk Database Informs Consumers

    With a rash of wildfires currently burning across the southwest and dozens of historical damaging blazes causing billions in damage over the last few years, a non-profit called First Street Foundation is partnering with realtor.com® to provide fire risk assessment for properties nationwide. First Street Foundation, in a press release, said that the new Fire…

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    Mortgage Market Strain Starts to Squeeze Major Players

    The boom of the mortgage industry has come and gone, and in its wake is a list of companies that have had to shed hundreds—if not thousands—of workers amid the disappearing refinancing market. While the result was expected based on industry forecasts, the problem has extended beyond the startups and online companies that kickstarted the…

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    4 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Facebook Strategy

    When it comes to the various social media channels you can choose to help improve your online reputation as a real estate agent, perhaps none is as critical as Facebook. So, just how do you go about creating a Facebook presence for your real estate brand? We’ve put together a few helpful ideas to get…

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    First Quarter 2022 Commercial Real Estate Metro Market Reports

    Florida held the top five hottest commercial real estate metro markets: Orlando, Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Myers, according to NAR’s Commercial Real Estate Metro Market Conditions Index for the first quarter of 2022, released this week. Key highlights: Florida held the top five hottest commercial real estate metro markets: Orlando, Miami, Palm…

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    Wanda Gertin Named New CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ally Real Estate

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ally Real Estate co-founders Adam Lytle and Leighton Allen have announced that Vice President of Marketing & Relocation Wanda Gertin has been promoted to CEO. Gertin brings more than 10 years of real estate experience to her new role, the company stated, and prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ally Real Estate,…

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    RealMLS Enhances Listing Service With Down Payment Resource

    realMLS, serving 11,000 members in Northeast Florida, has announced that it has partnered with Down Payment Resource (DPR) to enhance its platform with DPR’s suite of real estate agent tools that help MLS customers connect homebuyers with homebuyer assistance programs. realMLS is a multiple listing service (MLS) serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St.…

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    Family Matters: Balancing Personal and Business Relationships

    For agents, and especially new agents, family and friends are the first and most important resource in getting a business off the ground. They are likely the only network you have starting out, and might give you your first listing or referral. But for both new and veteran agents, how much is too much when…

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