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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

  • 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 – December 12, 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 – December 11, 2017

  • 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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  • A Compelling Formula for Success: Assist2Sell

    A Unique Advantage to the Real Estate Landscape When it comes to companies offering a discount model, there is plenty of competition. Brokers and agents have long understood that sellers want to pay lower

News – December 1, 2017

  • 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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News – November 30, 2017

  • 2018 Forecast: Is Inventory Relief on the Way?

    Ask the 60-some percent of brokers in RISMedia’s 2017 Power Broker Survey: Almost every housing market is plagued by short supply. In fact, inventory nationally for pre-owned properties is at 3.9 months,

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  • Cybersecurity and Wire Fraud

    Cybersecurity and wire fraud breaches remain valid threats in the real estate industry, despite available precautions. In fact, wire fraud was the No. 1 type of fraud in 2016, causing $50 billion in losses, according to

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  • Existing-Home Sales at Pace Not Seen Since Summer

    Existing-home sales in October were at a pace not seen since summer, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Existing-home sales totaled 5.48 million, a 2.0 percent increase from September but a

News – November 21, 2017

  • Everything Works, and Nothing Doesn’t

    When I was younger, I remember asking my dad why he chose to live in Fremont, Calif., rather than Palo Alto. The reason I posed this question was because my friends in real estate in

News – November 20, 2017

  • 2018 Forecast: Affordable Homes in the Suburbs

    In 2018, anticipate home-building will shift to the suburbs, according to a forecast recently released by Zillow. Cheaper construction costs, coupled with demand for entry-level homes, is expected to lead to increased inventory

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  • Appealing to Investors: ‘Emerging’ Markets Show Strength

    Housing markets in the three largest metropolitan areas—Chicago, Los Angeles and New York—have always attracted capital, eagerly handed over by investors recognizing profit potential, safety and security. Now, according to new research, other

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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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News – November 8, 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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News – November 7, 2017

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  • Which Real Estate Portals Can You Trust?

    How Homes.com Keeps Agents at the Center of the Real Estate Transaction Editor’s Note: The following is the cover story in the November issue of RISMedia’s real estate magazine. As other real estate

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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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  • 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 – October 31, 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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News – October 30, 2017

  • A Cooldown in Housing? Not This Season

    Autumn began in September, but activity in the housing market remained at summer-like levels through October, according to realtor.com®’s latest data preview. Prices in October were 10 percent higher than those one year

News – October 28, 2017

  • Why Your Mentorship Program Isn’t Working

    All brokers want their agents to be successful; but, who measures success? Often, we become so hung up on systems and efficiencies that one reliable support channel for new agents frequently gets overlooked: the

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  • Script Your Way to Super Sales Success

    Ask any entrepreneur what they need to make more sales, and no matter their profession, they will most likely say leads! But the truth is, leads aren’t enough, and just like referrals, they’re

News – October 24, 2017

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  • Existing-Home Sales Slightly Stir in September

    Existing-home sales slightly stirred in September, posting higher than in August but lower than one year prior, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Existing-home sales totaled 5.39 million, a 0.7 percent increase from

News – October 21, 2017

  • 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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News – October 3, 2017

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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.

News – August 21, 2017