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  • 5 Things to Know Before Adding Central Air

    Central air conditioning can change your life. No more sweaty days or nights. No more lugging window units around, or making do with portable fans. If you’re thinking of upgrading to central

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  • Everyone Wins

    In the following interview, Tom Gale, GRI, CRS, leader of Team Gale with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in North Carolina, discusses adapting his model, operations, and more. Years in Real Estate: 12 Region Served: Wilmington, Hampstead, Leland,

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  • Buyers Have High Hopes for Spring

    Getting Equipped to Win Buyers are flocking to the market this spring, with high hopes even as they face a frenzy of multiple-offer situations, according to new realtor.com® research. Currently, inventory is down 8.5

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  • Surrounded by the Best to Be the Best

    Jeff Benson learned a lot over the years that factored into the success of the Milwaukee, Wis.-based real estate firm he opened in 1979. From his early days as a teacher to

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  • Deduct Your Computer Expenses

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News – March 21, 2018

  • Spend A Lot of Time in Your Car?

    For every 1,000 miles driven, $500 in tax deductions can be produced, but the IRS needs documentation of all business and personal trips. The QuickBooks Self-Employed automatic mileage tracker can help.

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News – March 19, 2018

  • Know Your Deductibles

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News – March 13, 2018

  • Where to Check for Unclaimed Money

    Found money is a gift. And with the internet, it’s easier than ever to find it. Unclaimed assets may be sitting somewhere in your name, waiting for you to find and claim them. With

News – March 12, 2018

  • Prices Starting to Top Out

    Home prices are starting to top out, with appreciation decelerating as the market moves toward a peak, according to the Buy vs. Rent Index published by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU).

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  • Reputation and Relationships Win the Day

    A veteran REALTOR® of more than 35 years and an active industry advocate, Charlie Oppler has a unique vantage point: he lives and breathes the business from both the grass-roots and big-picture level. As

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  • Non-Traditional Color Choices Will Define 2018

    Fashion Week, the twice-yearly gala that takes over New York, introduces forecasts for the year ahead to the notably and expensively well-dressed. But while the show is ostensibly all about clothing, it influences every

News – March 5, 2018

  • Step Inside the New C21® Brand

    Editor’s Note: This is the cover story in the March issue of RISMedia’s Real Estate magazine. Discover the self-starters, go-getters and midnight-oil burners who bring the new mission to life every day: Defy Mediocrity

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  • 5 Reasons to Paint Your Walls Gray

    When it comes to painting your space, there are myriad options: bright and sunny yellow, the classic eggshell white, a soothing blue or a fresh green. But one color you shouldn’t overlook when

News – February 26, 2018

  • A Let-Up for Prices? Housing Trends to Watch

    The housing market is on the up-and-up, but at a lesser pace than in prior years. According to new research, buzzier markets are now stabilizing. Appreciation is projected to slow in 41

News – February 24, 2018

  • Hakan Karahan: Homeownership and Beyond

    Vitals: HomeSmart First Advantage Realty Years in Business: 22 Size: 2 offices, 60-plus agents Region Served: South Jersey 2016 Sales Volume: Approximately $50,000,000 2016 Transactions: 600-plus www.hsfirstadvantage.com Working out of his office in Cherry Hill,

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  • How to Negotiate a Clean Credit Report

    A late payment on a credit bill or other debt such as a mortgage can have a significant impact on your credit score. And the higher your credit score is to begin with,

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  • Measure Progress, Not Perfection

    How do you measure up so far? We’re more than 30 days into the new year, and now is the perfect time to look at our progress. When we measure what we expect, we can back

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  • Housing Starts Blow by Expectations

    Home-building activity blew by expectations in January, with housing starts up 9.7 percent to a rate of 1,326,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban

News – February 17, 2018

  • Keeping Up in a Gangbuster Market

    Seattle broker enlists Clareity Dashboard to help agents compete If there was ever a place where real estate agents needed to be at the top of their game, it’s the super competitive Seattle market.

News – February 16, 2018

  • Spend A Lot of Time in Your Car?

    For every 1,000 miles driven, $500 in tax deductions can be produced, but the IRS needs documentation of all business and personal trips. The QuickBooks Self-Employed automatic mileage tracker can help.

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News – February 15, 2018

  • ATTOM Data Solutions Acquires Onboard Informatics

    ATTOM Data Solutions has acquired Onboard Informatics, integrating Onboard’s neighborhood data into the ATTOM Data Warehouse, the company recently announced. “Onboard has a long and accomplished track record as an innovator in enhancing and

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  • Mileage Deduction Tip

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  • How to Get Ahead in 2018

    Success doesn’t happen by chance; it’s the result of creating goals, developing focus, practicing good habits and committing to hard work. The process isn’t glamorous; however, the results lead to the life and business

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  • Real Estate and Retirement

    Little known secret: A retirement plan that works well for agents is the Solo 401(k). You can save up to $54,000 ($60K for agents over 50) a year and deduct it from your taxes.

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News – February 7, 2018

  • Know Your Deductibles

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News – February 6, 2018

  • Is Your Brokerage Millennial-Social or Anti-Social?

    It seems that with each passing week, another report, study or survey is published pointing to the impact social media can have on a real estate agent’s marketing mix. Coincidently, this data suggests a

News – February 5, 2018

  • 10-Year High Profits for Sellers

    Homeowners are profiting when selling—and their average earnings haven’t been this high since 2007. At the close of 2017, the average home seller gained $54,000, or a 29.7 percent return on investment (ROI), in the

News – February 3, 2018

  • The Power of Home

    New Story Builds Shelter and Second Chances When two of New Story’s four co-founders took a mission trip to Haiti in 2013, they were shocked to find how many families were still living in tents after

News – February 2, 2018

  • Removing Mold to Get Market Ready

    One of the four-letter words no one wants to hear is mold—this is especially true for those involved in a house sale. It’s a problem that can put a screeching halt to any potential

News – February 1, 2018

  • Forgotten Deductions

    Some common operating expenses you may not have thought about deducting include: wireless plans, phone & accessories, coffee for your clients, parking & tolls. These add up, so don’t forget to track all your receipts.

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News – January 31, 2018

  • Thrive in Any Market

    Many agents think their success in the industry depends on the state of their local market; however, the most successful real estate professionals understand it’s possible to thrive regardless of the state of the market. The

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  • Assessing the State of the Housing Union

    In 2018, the challenge for the housing industry will be balancing bursting demand with a severe shortage of supply, according to realtor.com®’s State of the Housing Union, released in-step with the U.S. State

News – January 27, 2018

  • The Value of Leadership

    I’ve spoken many times about leadership and what it means to each person individually­—as it does, in fact, mean different things to different people. While it’s a broad definition, you could say that you’re a leader

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  • Existing-Home Sales: A Dim End to a Bright Year

    Existing-home sales in December dimmed, but, for the year, were at a record not seen in 11 years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Existing-home sales in December totaled 5.57

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  • Disaster Protocol: Is Your Company Prepared for the Worst?

    This month’s National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable discusses broker disaster/emergency policies and procedures. Moderator Christina Pappas, District Sales Manager, The Keyes Company, Miami, Fla.; Liaison for Large Firms

News – January 20, 2018

  • Achieving Financial Wellness in 2018 and Beyond

    Financial security during your working years, and in retirement, is a top priority for every member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). However, since most members work as independent contractors, or brokerage

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  • Win This Year One Week at a Time

    Think about the goals you set one year ago and where you are today. Is this where you imagined you would be? Did your life and career unfold the way you wrote

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  • Confidence in Housing Subdued at Year-End

    Confidence in housing was subdued in December in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), derived from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey® (NHS). The HPSI overall posted 85.8 in December, two percentage points

News – January 12, 2018

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  • Mileage Deduction Tip

    If you drive more than 10K per year, the IRS requires you to keep a detailed log in order to claim this deduction, which includes date, time, mileage and purpose of the trip.

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  • Augmented Intelligence: The Real ‘AI’

    Brokerages are placing their bets on Buyside to bring smart data to their agents’ fingertips If there’s a trend dominating headlines and transforming businesses today, it’s predictive analytics. To become more efficient in generating and

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  • Phone Deductions

    If you have a dedicated landline telephone for business, you can fully deduct this expense. If you use your cell phone only, you are eligible to deduct the business percentage of that expense.

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  • Millennials and the Silent Gen Agree: Walkability Wins

    Millennials are not the only generation preferring proximity to restaurants and retail. Americans born between the mid-1920s up until 1945—the “Silent Generation”—are also on the lookout for walkability. Fifty-five percent of members

News – December 30, 2017

  • 3 Ways to Get the Most Out of Every Listing

    Three years ago, a team in Italy found a four-pound white truffle worth approximately $1,000,000.  The owner is pretty coy about the exact methods used to unearth the record-breaking delicacy,

News – December 29, 2017

  • Driving Efficiency Through Streamlined Technology

    Massachusetts firm finds the power in Clareity’s broker dashboard Comprised of approximately 90 agents in nine offices, Robert Paul Properties in Osterville, Mass., was looking for a way to make life easier for its busy

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  • Go Further With REALTOR® University

    NAR PULSE—What would you do with a Master of Real Estate degree from REALTOR® University? Offering flexible admissions, financial assistance, peer networking and five different real estate concentrations, a graduate degree in real estate allows

News – December 26, 2017

  • Paying Your Bills Isn’t Enough

    Do you have business goals for 2018? Most agents set goals for the number of homes they will sell and the income they will receive as a result. Unfortunately, I don’t believe setting these types

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  • Top (Free) Apps for 2018

    In the midst of the holiday rush, “’tis the season” for REALTORS® to review their 2017 business year and determine what needs to be done for an even more successful 2018. With the proper apps

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  • House Passes Tax Bill, Senate to Follow

    With less than a week until their Christmas deadline, House Republicans passed the converged Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill in a 227-203 vote on Tuesday. However, the Senate Parliamentarian is requiring a

News – December 19, 2017

  • Tax Reform Vote: Any Last Holdouts?

    The Republican party’s self-imposed Christmas deadline for the widely debated tax bill is fast approaching. Last week, Republican lawmakers announced they had the votes necessary to pass the converged Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

News – December 18, 2017

  • Net Neutrality Rollback Threat to Real Estate Industry

    The net neutrality controversy came to a head last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the Obama-era open internet regulations following a meeting on Dec. 14. These protections required broadband

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  • Are You a Proactive or Reactive Thinker?

    As we learn to better build for the future, our minds often shift to what we need to do today to pay our bills next week or even next month. The difference between

News – December 13, 2017

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  • Spend A Lot of Time in Your Car?

    For every 1,000 miles driven, $500 in tax deductions can be produced, but the IRS needs documentation of all business and personal trips. The QuickBooks Self-Employed automatic mileage tracker can help.

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  • Confidence in Housing Makes Near-Record Return

    Confidence in housing made a near-record return in November in the Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI), derived from Fannie’s National Housing Survey® (NHS). The HPSI overall posted 87.8 in November, 2.6 percentage

News – December 9, 2017

  • In It to Win It: CENTURY 21 North Shore

    A Culture of Teamwork Keeps CENTURY 21 North Shore at the Top of Its Game “Happy agents are productive agents.” That’s the reasoning of Jim D’Amico, dynamic broker/owner and chief motivator

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  • Mind Shift: 4 Quick Tips to Jumpstart 2018

    Can you believe it? It’s less than a few weeks until 2017 closes and 2018 launches. If you’re reviewing your numbers and aren’t exactly where you planned to be, let’s focus on

News – December 6, 2017

  • Housing in 2018: Where Are Home Values Headed?

    Analysts are expecting even higher home prices in 2018 than originally projected, according to new research. Zillow’s 2017 Q4 Home Price Expectations Survey reveals experts are anticipating a 4.1 percent hike in

News – December 4, 2017

  • When Data Makes the Difference

    How HouseCanary Is Giving Agents a Competitive Edge Editor’s Note: The following is the cover story in the December issue of RISMedia’s real estate magazine. It’s no secret: The value of the real estate agent

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