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  • Don’t Leave the Buyer Side on the Table

    Control the listing, control the market. This concept is an industry fundamental. While this remains true, why discount the opportunity to make more money on the deal? Representing the listing is what

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  • Cyber Security: The Threat and the Measures to Take

    The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Power Broker Roundtable this month discusses cyber security. Moderator: Robert Bailey, Broker/Owner, Bailey Properties, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Liaison for Large Residential Firms Relations, NAR Panelists:

News – October 14, 2017

  • Ready When Opportunity Knocks

    Smart Expansion Fuels Growth at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties Mike Huff has a simple philosophy when it comes to growth: go to where the opportunities are. It is this mindset that put him on the

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  • New Business Models: Disruption or Advancement?

    Top Brokers Tell It Like It Is in RISMedia White Paper Sneak Peek From Zillow Instant Offers to Opendoor, real estate professionals across the country are concerned about an ever-growing faction of so-called industry

News – October 10, 2017

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  • Go Figure: Hipsters Are in Mainstream Markets

    Culturally unsheltered and experience-happy, hipsters have massed in markets that meet their preference for “unconventional.” These hubs typically have an array of eateries, a hole-in-the-wall on every corner, and a lively music scene.

News – October 7, 2017

  • Rethinking Relocations: First-Time Buyers

    Many employers aren’t using their relocation programs for full strategic benefit. Here’s a simple way to help your clients find and keep the “best and brightest” young employees they need. Corporate relocation program managers are commonly

News – October 6, 2017

  • Deduct Your Computer Expenses

    Any software needed to run your business is fully deductible, including lead generation subscription services such as customer-relationship management (CRM) software and tax software like QuickBooks Self-Employed.

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News – October 5, 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 all business and personal trips. The QuickBooks Self-Employed automatic mileage tracker can help.

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News – October 4, 2017

  • Know Your Deductibles

    Top agent deductibles include: marketing materials; mileage; desk & association fees; home office fees (if you don’t have a desk fee); software & business tools; office supplies; meals & entertainment; and travel

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  • Stop Chasing Unicorns

    How HomeSmart Is Positioning Itself to Be the Ideal Brokerage That’s Real Editor’ Note: The following article is the cover story in the October issue of RISMedia’s Real Estate magazine. The real estate industry’s appetite for disruption

News – September 30, 2017

  • Getting off the Merry-Go-Round

    Chasing down a new client is 12 times more expensive than keeping and developing an existing client—and that’s conservative. Yet many real estate agents fixate on finding new prospects. Why? Most agents only focus on transactions,

News – September 29, 2017

  • Are You Tracking Your Profit?

    Know how much you really earned for each real estate transaction. Did you know QuickBooks Self-Employed helps you easily record commissions and expenses for each listing—plus, you can also deduct the cost of them?

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News – September 28, 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 all business and personal trips. The QuickBooks Self-Employed automatic mileage tracker can help.

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News – September 27, 2017

  • The Art of Feng Shui and Home Selling

    What does the ancient philosophy of Feng Shui have to do with real estate? Many believe that the Chinese art of correct placement can help sell their home faster. Feng Shui translates

News – September 26, 2017

  • Real Estate and Retirement

    A retirement plan that works well for real estate agents is the Solo 401(k), which allows you to save up to $54,000 ($60,000 for agents over 50) per year and deduct it from your taxes.

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  • 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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  • Motivating Agents a Key Driver of Success

    In the following interview, Shannon Daniele, broker/owner and franchise partner of HomeSmart Realty Group in Signal Hill, Calif., discusses the firm’s agent growth, training and more. Regions Served: Los Angeles and Orange County,

News – September 15, 2017

  • Last Day to File Quarterly Taxes

    Today’s the last day to file your quarterly taxes for income earned between June 1, 2017 and September 1, 2017. Avoid penalty fees and unwelcome tax surprises come April by paying your taxes today!

News – September 14, 2017

  • When Are Quarterly Taxes?

    Quarterly taxes are due 4/15 for income earned 1/1-3/31; 6/15 for 4/1-5/31; 9/15 for 6/1-8/31; and 1/15 for 9/1-12/31. If the 15th is a weekend/holiday, they are due the next business day.

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  • Making a Year-Round Commitment to REALTOR® Safety

    Each September, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) observes REALTOR® Safety Month. This is an excellent opportunity for all REALTORS® to reflect on the importance of staying safe on the job, while embracing

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  • The Launch of a Refreshed Icon

    When Taylor Hack joined a RE/MAX brokerage in 2013, he was recently licensed and launching a new career. Experienced in the mortgage and auto industries, he thought his skill set would serve him well

News – September 2, 2017

  • Consumer Confidence Keeps Improving

    Consumer confidence kept improving in August, posting a 122.9 reading in the latest Consumer Confidence Index® from The Conference Board. The Expectations reading of the Index rose to 104.0, while the Present Situation reading rose to

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  • Deduct Your Computer Expenses

    Any software needed to run your business is fully deductible, including lead generation subscription services such as customer-relationship management (CRM) software and tax software like QuickBooks Self-Employed.

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News – August 29, 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 all business and personal trips. The QuickBooks Self-Employed automatic mileage tracker can help.

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  • Put More Money in Your Pocket

    Still using a shoe box to store your receipts? There is a better way. Use the receipt capture function with QuickBooks Self-Employed and you’ll never have to worry about losing a receipt again.

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News – August 22, 2017

  • RE/MAX and Adwerx Launch Listing Automation

    RE/MAX, LLC and Adwerx, a provider of localized digital advertising for real estate agents and brokers, have launched a program to run digital ads for new RE/MAX listings from participating regions in the U.S.

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  • The Best Cities for Retirees to Call Home

    Ask any retiree what mattered most in their search for a new home, and most will tell you location. A recent study by WalletHub ranked the top locations for soon-to-be retirees, weighing

News – August 18, 2017

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  • 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

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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 – 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

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  • 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

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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 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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,

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  • 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

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  • 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