News – August 18, 2017

News – August 17, 2017

  • Mileage Multiple Choice

    The 2017 mileage rate is: A. .57 cents; B. .53.5 cents; or C. .54 cents? B. The mileage deduction was reduced from to .54 cents in 2016, and then again to 53.5 cents in 2017.

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News – August 16, 2017

  • REALTORS® of Distinction Attract More Prospects

    Buying a new car? I’ll bet you don’t just walk into any dealership and simply look for your favorite color. Chances are you’ve done some homework, kicked a few tires, checked out information on

News – August 15, 2017

News – August 14, 2017

News – August 13, 2017

  • 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 – August 12, 2017

  • Are Relocation Professionals Robot-Proof?

    Ever wonder how artificial intelligence would affect the corporate relocation industry? Could robots ever take over? Clearly, there is expanding reliance on technology applications, especially to track and report data and manage administration processes. But among

News – August 11, 2017

News – August 10, 2017

  • Cheat Sheet: Quarterly Taxes in 7 Steps

    Determine net income. Calculate self-employment tax. Determine itemizations. Subtract personal exemption. Determine federal tax rate. Subtract tax credits. Divide the tax due by the four IRS quarters. Don’t want the hassle? Download QuickBooks

News – August 9, 2017

News – August 8, 2017

  • 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 business and personal trips to get these deductions. The automatic mileage tracker on QuickBooks

News – August 7, 2017

  • Putting New Pins on the Map

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Continues to Reach New Markets Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices launched as a network in late 2013—the new home for most Prudential Real Estate franchisees and other brokerages looking for a fresh, distinctive

News – August 5, 2017

News – August 4, 2017

  • Quarterly Tax Penalty Is Real

    Not paying quarterly taxes, or making late or too-small payments, can result in penalties & additional interest owed. It can also raise a red flag for the IRS. Be prepared: Next quarterly deadline is 9/15.

News – August 3, 2017

  • Do You REALLY Need to Track Your Mileage?

    Yes, if you want to claim this deduction (up to $500 per 1K miles). If you drive more than 10K/year, the IRS requires a detailed log with date, time, mileage and purpose

News – August 2, 2017

News – August 1, 2017

  • Pending Home Sales Return to Form

    Pending home sales returned to form in June after three straight months of backward traction, up 1.5 percent in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI). The PHSI posted 110.2

News – July 31, 2017

News – July 29, 2017

  • A Real Estate Experience Like No Other

    Being truly exceptional isn’t just a goal for Tom DeWine; it’s a business plan, a mindset and a way of life. Taking the helm of his father’s 30-year-old company, ERA Colonial Real Estate,

News – July 28, 2017

News – July 27, 2017

  • Renter Household Explosion Fueled From All Sides

    More households in America are headed by renters now than at any other time in the last 50 years, with owner household formation toppled by renter household formation in the past 10, according

News – July 26, 2017

News – July 25, 2017

  • Existing-Home Sales Backtrack in June

    Existing-homes sales backtracked in June, posting higher than one year prior but lower than in May, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Existing-home sales totaled 5.52 million, a 1.8 percent decrease from May but

News – July 24, 2017

News – July 22, 2017

  • Remodeling Real Estate for the Future

    Most of us wake up every morning knowing what we need to do and how we’re going to get it done. But do we ever think about why we do what we do? Well,

News – July 21, 2017

  • Snapchat vs. Instagram: Which One Is for You?

    Social platforms are always battling it out to determine who will be today’s top contender. This seems to be the “Story” between two social platforms that share similar features: Snapchat and Instagram.

News – July 20, 2017

  • Gen X Falls Behind in Equity Gain

    Homeowners have made inroads in building equity back up since the crash, with mortgages more evenly leveraged as values recover. One group, however, is struggling more than others to claw its way back.

News – July 19, 2017

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News – July 17, 2017

  • For Chinese Real Estate Investors, U.S. Is Tops

    The U.S. housing market is a draw for foreign real estate investors, who continue to express assurance in either becoming or remaining active in U.S. real estate. One of the most considerable

News – July 15, 2017

News – July 14, 2017

  • Must-Do Tips to Get Social Smart for Real Estate

    Good REALTORS® understand that real estate is more than business; it’s about people and families. Great REALTORS® understand real estate is about people, families, and their stories—and the best way to

News – July 13, 2017

News – July 12, 2017

  • The Next Tech Companies You Need to Know

    NAR PULSE— Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of REALTORS®, recently announced its 2017 REach® class, featuring a roster of startups focused on security, process digitization, information

News – July 11, 2017

News – July 10, 2017

  • REALTORS®: Home Staging Cuts Time on Market

    Home staging offers a distinct advantage for sellers: a speedy sale. Sixty-two percent of sellers’ agents believe staging a home cuts down the time it spends on-market, with the majority believing it “greatly”

News – July 8, 2017

  • How Successful Leaders Think and Work

    Noted leadership expert John C. Maxwell states: “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.” Effective leaders think and behave differently than those who possibly have a leadership

News – July 7, 2017

  • 8 Tips to Set Your Vacation on Auto Pilot

    In real estate, it’s up to you to find lead generation opportunities, nurture your leads, and convert them into buyers and sellers. The fact that it’s all on you makes it

News – July 6, 2017

  • On Low Inventory: From Challenge Comes Opportunity

    Low inventory is the foremost issue in the housing market, with no let-up in the impossible demand for the few reasonably-priced homes available for sale. Supply shortages, according to at least one constituent,

News – July 5, 2017

News – July 3, 2017

News – July 1, 2017

  • Top 20 States for Home Renovations

    One of the many advantages of owning a home is the ability to add—and recoup—value. A recent study by Hearth, a FinTech startup, ranked the states with the most homeowners planning to renovate in

News – June 30, 2017

News – June 29, 2017

  • Pending Home Sales Flop

    Pending home sales flopped in May as inventory continued to drag on the housing market, down 0.8 percent in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI). The PHSI posted 108.5 in May,

News – June 28, 2017

  • Home Prices Mount at Slower Pace

    Home price growth continues to mount, though at a slower pace, up 5.5 percent year-over-year in April, down from a 5.6 percent gain in March, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. The

News – June 27, 2017

  • NAR: Sellers Say They’re Ready

    Many homeowners have been reluctant to list their homes for sale—some by choice, some for fear of being unable to afford a new home, or of coming out in the red. Recently released findings from

News – June 26, 2017

News – June 24, 2017

  • Buyer Mastery Through Buyer Consultation

    Random conversations with buyers that have no direction or order can be helpful, although in most cases are not. Let’s be honest: Most agents currently working with buyers are not prepared with a specific buyer

News – June 23, 2017

  • Attract More Millennial Buyers in 3 Easy Steps

    It’s no secret that millennial buyers are steadily moving into the housing market. While this generation may have initially focused on renting, many millennials are beginning to see homeownership as a good

News – June 22, 2017

  • Existing-Home Sales Bloom After Rainy April

    Existing-home sales bloomed in May after a rainy April, with the median days on market at a new low and the median sales price at a new high, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)

News – June 21, 2017

  • Research: Rental Demand to Escalate by the Millions

    Inventory shortages are weighing down just about every housing market, with supply on all sides—renter- and owner-occupied—on a months-long downtrend. A new multifamily report now estimates that by 2030, some 4 million

News – June 20, 2017

  • 5 Cities Millennials Are Flocking To

    Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: The Most Expensive Home in Hawaii Is Now for Sale How to Showcase Your Property With

News – June 19, 2017

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News – June 15, 2017

  • Rate Rises Again in Second of 3 Expected Hikes

    The Federal Reserve voted on Wednesday to raise the key interest rate one-quarter percentage point, ticking off the second of three hikes slated for this year. Analysts largely predicted the outcome,

News – June 14, 2017

  • How Much Do You Know About Flag Day History?

    Never has a piece of decorated cloth inspired so much pride, patriotism, and even controversy, than our American Flag. Each year, the United States celebrates Flag Day on June 14. Here

News – June 13, 2017

News – June 12, 2017

  • Millennials: The Grand Enigma

    Millennials are an enigma constantly challenging the behaviors of previous generations. Currently the largest population sector—overtaking baby boomers in 2016, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates—millennials’ role in the workforce is imperative, and understanding what

News – June 10, 2017

  • You Better Know What’s Next

    If you’re interested in mastering the art of working with buyers, you need to always be able to answer the question, “What’s next?” Even though logic tells us a homebuyer will work diligently toward buying

News – June 9, 2017

News – June 8, 2017

  • Creating the Ultimate Buyer Experience

    Whether you work with both buyers and sellers or focus strictly on buyers, you want to provide the ultimate experience for your clients. The reality is, consumers view their experiences working with real estate agents

News – June 7, 2017

  • Take Your Profits Through the Roof

    People get into real estate for many reasons, one of which being that there’s no ceiling to how much you can earn. What many people don’t realize, however, is that there’s also no floor.

News – June 6, 2017

  • Dos and Don’ts of Real Estate Landing Pages

    We all know that in order to succeed in business, you must market yourself. You post to Facebook consistently, write blogs, send emails and even cold-call. You’re a marketing machine, but you’re

News – June 5, 2017

News – June 3, 2017

News – June 2, 2017

  • How to Make Difficult Clients Happy

    Human emotions play a significant role in the home-buying and -selling process. Sellers may feel excited to be moving into a new home; however, at the same time, they may feel remorse and sadness

News – June 1, 2017

News – May 31, 2017

  • Home Prices Plow On at 5.8 Percent

    Home price growth plowed on early in the spring real estate season, up 5.8 percent year-over-year in March, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. The month marked a 33-month high for

News – May 30, 2017

News – May 27, 2017

  • Avocado: A True Game-Changer for Real Estate

    Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: 7 Steps for Stress-Free Spring Cleaning How to Build a High-Performance Real Estate Team Cyndi

News – May 26, 2017

  • Get Smart About Prospecting for Big Profit

    Want to boost your bottom line and see the results in just 90 days? If you’re unhappy with the number of pending transactions or the lack of listings in your pipeline, you might

News – May 25, 2017

  • Existing-Home Sales Sink 2.3 Percent

    Existing-home sales sunk in April, dragged down by virtually absent supply, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Existing-home sales totaled 5.57 million, a 2.3 percent decrease from March, but a 1.6 percent increase from

News – May 24, 2017

News – May 23, 2017

  • Common Overlooked Expenses of Selling a Home

    Home sellers spend an average $15,190 on common, yet often overlooked expenses associated with placing a home on the market, including closing costs and home improvements, according to a recent analysis by Zillow.

News – May 22, 2017

News – May 20, 2017

  • NAHB: Affordability Grows as Incomes Inch Up

    The most affordable housing market in the country is the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio major metropolitan area, where more than 92 percent of all homes sold in the first quarter of 2017 were affordable to

News – May 19, 2017

News – May 18, 2017

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News – May 13, 2017

  • First-Time Homebuyers Shell Out More for Upgrades

    While first-time homebuyers are facing certain challenges entering the housing market, that doesn’t mean they aren’t spending on upgrades to the homes they end up owning. According to a recent report by Houzz,

News – May 12, 2017

  • Teamify: When and Why to Build a Real Estate Team

    Many successful REALTORS® struggle with whether or not they should create a team or consider a partnership. Team-building experts Jim Remley and James Colburn make answering those questions much less

News – May 11, 2017

News – May 10, 2017

  • Homeownership: More Than Just the Facts

    Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com: Explore America’s Neighborhoods: Clarksville, Austin, Texas Splash! 5 Wacky Aquatic Living Rooms Wow Buyers Near and

News – May 9, 2017

  • Home-Buying Confidence Springs Back

    Confidence in home-buying is springing back, with more buyers optimistic about their ability to move off the fence and into the market, according to the recently released Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) for April.

News – May 8, 2017

  • The Best Is Yet to Come for Homebuyers

    It’s a seller’s market out there, and for homebuyers, the struggle this spring is real: few affordable options, and price growth that just won’t quit. Another issue’s working against them, too: timing.

News – May 6, 2017

News – May 5, 2017

News – May 4, 2017

  • How Are Housing Markets Doing, Really?

    Housing has made headway in the decade since the onset of the recession, but, according to a new report by Trulia, there is still room for improvement in the recovery. Approximately 34 percent of

News – May 3, 2017

News – May 2, 2017

  • Is There Hope for the Homeownership Rate?

    The homeownership rate clung to 63.6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, virtually unchanged from 63.7 percent the quarter prior and 63.5 percent the year prior, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s

News – May 1, 2017

News – April 29, 2017

News – April 28, 2017

  • The Top 25 Most Creative Cities in America

    If you’re a creative person, looking for a city that ignites your creative flair, where should you live? Perhaps you dream of becoming a writer—which city will provide the muses and inspiration

News – April 27, 2017

News – April 26, 2017

News – April 25, 2017

  • Homebuyers in the West Arrive Ahead of Schedule

    Homebuyers in the West are taking to the spring real estate season early this year, with home prices up 1.3 percent quarter-over-quarter in April—growth ahead of the typical May schedule, according to

News – April 24, 2017

  • Rent Growth Crawls, but Costs Still High

    Rent growth is crawling at its slowest pace in five years, with rents up nationwide just 0.7 percent year-over-year, according to the recently released March Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Notably, rent growth