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This recent study by Swanepoel T3 Group ––   Commercial Real Estate ALERT: Analysis of the Latest Emerging Risks and Trends   –– discusses the top emerging risks and trends influencing the Commercial real estate industry. Unlike other reports, ALERT includes the perspectives of Commercial real estate practitioners as well as many other sources of research and analysis about the sector. Commissioned by the National Association of REALTORS ® , the extensive yet digestible report covers such topics as: Capital Markets Regulations Technology Crowdfunding E-Commerce Demographics For those on the run, each chapter of the ALERT includes ...
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M issouri REALTORS ® are not only real estate professionals – we're so much more. We're active in the community – serving on school boards, in elected positions and volunteering our time to make communities where we work a better place to be. We're educators – serving on panels and facilitating industry discussions. The philanthropic efforts of our members are inspiring and the difference they are making within their communities is significant. Our Member Spotlight series highlights these efforts and introduces some of our wonderful members.   This month, we are shining the Membe r Spotlight on Karyn Lester .   Karyn Lester ...
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If paradise calls, should you answer? Vacation homes carry an undeniable allure for clients, but there are plenty of reasons for real estate agents to get in on the action, too. 16% of all homes sold in 2015 were leisure properties, equaling about 920,000 transactions. With that slice of the market share up for grabs, it can be tempting to charge headfirst into the second-home business. But before diving in, test the waters to make sure you're set for success. Learn the Local Charm Specializing in vacation home transactions can give you a strong professional advantage, but it may not be a wise time investment if you work in an area where ...
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Fall is a wonderful season filled with beautiful changing leaves, bonfires and festive holidays, but sometimes the wintery weather and lack of leaves on the trees can make homes look bare and uninviting.  Don’t let the cold weather blues dull your home and make it look drab.  Create the perfect curb appeal for fall with these tips. Plant seasonal blooms Filling your flower beds with warm shades of red, orange and yellow is a great way to add color when other plants are losing their leaves for the season.  Mums are a great option, since they come in a variety of vibrant autumn tones, are easy to care for and are resilient to the weather.  Also, evergreen, ...
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Good news for Federal Political Coordinators (FPCs), Government Affairs Directors (GADs) and Association staff who rely on RPR Economic Area Reports to support REALTOR ®   advocacy initiatives at the state, local and market area level. Now, NAR’s quarterly Congressional District Reports on housing trends can be easily inserted into RPR’s Economic Area Reports. The enhancement allows users the option to provide meaningful data in one persuasive, all-inclusive report, and from within RPR. RPR’s Federal Economic Area Report offers insights into the demographics, consumer behavior and economic activity of their congressional district or state. ...
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Moving to a new city can be daunting for the whole family.  Whether you’re moving cross-country or just across town, new neighbors, new jobs and a new school can make for a difficult transition.  And adjusting the family is difficult when you are trying to adapt to change yourself.  With these tips and tricks, your whole family will settle in to your new home just a little bit easier. For you Unpack everything . The easiest way to make your new house feel like a home is to create a cozy environment filled with personal items, not boxes.  Once you feel comfortable in your own home, you can start feeling comfortable in your new neighborhood. Get ...
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“It just blew the heck up,” Diana Power said over the phone with a Texas twang. She was referring to her eight-day-old Richmond, Texas, $1.275 million  listing that took the internet by storm thanks to shocking listing photos. Throughout the images, mannequins calmly wait on a drink in the kitchen, sit in front of the bed and gleefully play on a reading room ceiling. Power says she was fully aware of how the home’s unique decor and sheer amount of items could garner visceral reactions from viewers and potential buyers, and given the attention has been more overwhelming than she even imagined, she wants to provide some backstory regarding the home’s ...
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REALTORS ® , do you think that consumers are starting to expect too much from houses? Buyers want homes that are beautiful, well located, have ample closet space…and now they’re supposed to be smart too! Smart homes are a hot topic in the real estate industry, and rightfully so. They help to make life easier and, let’s be honest, the technology is really cool. But what does it mean for the real estate industry? Defining “Smart Home” In order to talk about smart homes, we must first define the somewhat ambiguous term. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and CNET teamed up to create a concrete definition. Officially, a smart home is: “A home that ...
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M issouri REALTORS ® are not only real estate professionals – we're so much more. We're active in the community – serving on school boards, in elected positions and volunteering our time to make communities where we work a better place to be. We're educators – serving on panels and facilitating industry discussions. The philanthropic efforts of our members are inspiring and the difference they are making within their communities is significant. Our Member Spotlight series highlights these efforts and introduces some of our wonderful members.   This month, we are shining the Membe r Spotlight on Nancy Holliday .   Thirteen years ...
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How many of your clients care about smart home technology? New research from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates that although most consumers (82 percent) don’t ask their real estate agents about smart home devices, they’re still interested in those devices. What clients want According to the “Smart Homes and Realtors” 2016 report, Realtors said the top three most important smart home tools for clients are smart locks (37 percent), lights (29 percent), and thermostats (26 percent). The report also revealed cameras are only “somewhat important,” and that clients feel quite ambivalent about other gadgets, ...
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Relationships are crucial to our wellbeing. In fact, it has been proven that strong, healthy relationships can increase our lifespan. 1 And, likewise, from the opposite viewpoint, loneliness or unproductive relationships can negatively affect our wellbeing. In one case study, a lack of strong relationships increased the risk of premature death by 50%. 1 But what do these fascinating lifestyle statistics have to do with your real estate firm? Well, simply put: a lot. Just like any struggling relationship, your firm can be negatively affected by a poor carrier partnership. Though turnover in carrier/administrator relationships can happen quite frequently ...
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The Graduate REALTOR ® Institute designation is a great way to stand out to prospective clients as a REALTOR ® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects, as well as the fundamentals of real estate. GRI classes can lead to stronger professional relationships, increased pay, future referrals a nd fuller understanding of the real estate business. While GRI classes are offered both online and in the classroom, REALTORS ® find the classroom settings especially beneficial. Here's what a few Missouri REALTORS ® had to say about their GRI experience .   “ GRI is one of the key educational designations ...
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Creating the ultimate listing package requires tenacity, creativity and insight. Sellers want to know your presentation is based on a keen sense of the market, your expertise in determining value, and your ability to bring a deal to close in the shortest time possible and at the highest price. The key to nailing your next listing is to prepare … more thoroughly, more accurately and more creatively than your competition. First, don’t let your prospect get away with just an appointment. Use this opportunity to capitalize on your uniqueness, if only, leaving the prospect with one key takeaway—that you listen and act. A casual yet pointed conversation ...
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Glen Moss, a Broker from Austin, Texas with more a decade of success in the real estate industry, takes client engagement seriously. He believes securing an early buy-in from would-be homeowners gives them ownership for the process. And he uses the RPR app to do so. “As soon as my clients are in the car, I give one passenger my Wifi enabled tablet and ask the other to use my smartphone,” said Glen, who holds several leadership positions with the Austin Board of Realtors®. “One touch opens the wide world of RPR.” Glen first directs his buyers to the app’s map feature which is guided by the phone’s GPS. He explains the color-coded icons (“for ...
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M issouri REALTORS ® are not only real estate professionals – we're so much more. We're active in the community – serving on school boards, in elected positions and volunteering our time to make communities where we work a better place to be. We're educators – serving on panels and facilitating industry discussions. The philanthropic efforts of our members are inspiring and the difference they are making within their communities is significant. Our Member Spotlight series highlights these efforts and introduces some of our wonderful members.   This month, we are shining the Membe r Spotlight on Julie Dumsky .   In October ...
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Technology promises to make our lives easier, but it often seems to add to the chaos. Luckily, Missouri REALTORS ® found some great websites and apps that really will make life less complicated. Whether you’re looking for a streamlined way to convert PDFs or a task manager that will keep track of open houses and parent-teacher conferences, this list has you covered. 1. Evernote allows you to keep all your notes, from to-do lists to doodles, in one place. It organizes your notes and files, even making them available on all devices. Plus, the powerful search tool allows you to quickly find anything that you have saved. Evernote offers multiple membership ...
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A Real-Life Claim Situation The Scenario After being laid off by his employer, a homeowner was no longer capable of making mortgage payments. Because he was seeking employment in an industry lacking comparable job opportunities, the homeowner was facing the certainty of foreclosure. He sought out a real estate agent to discuss whether it would be better to rent or sell the property. The realtor advised the homeowner to sell the house and temporarily move in with relatives until he found a new job.   The Problem The principal balance of the mortgage was more than the market value of the property.  The Mistake While working ...
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1.  Missouri REALTORS ® : From legal forms to advocacy updates, the Missouri REALTORS ® website has everything you need in one place.  2.  THE LANDING : THE LANDING is a private social network that all Missouri REALTORS® have access to. It has hundreds of blog posts, thousands of discussions, and unlimited opportunities to connect with other Missouri REALTORS®.  3.  REALTOR.org : REALTOR.org is the National Association of REALTORS ® website. It has a wealth of information for REALTORS ® all over the country.  a.  Real Estate Facts : NAR has ready made news columns that make great consumer interest newspaper stories.  ...
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​ HGTV is  one of primetime’s most viewed networks . It has entertaining shows that cover everything from buying to selling to staging to renovating. With millions of people tuning in every night, HGTV has successfully impacted the real estate business for every player. Here are some of the ways it has changed the game:  Buyers HGTV has the most profound effect on buyers. They want the glossy perfection that they see on television, not a house with “potential.” They look for homes that have all the latest luxuries, like hardwood floors, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.  “House Hunters” has also affected the number ...
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Providing immediate answers to client concerns and questions, while in the car or at the curb, will turn the tide in any agent’s favor. And there’s an app for that. Here are the top 12 reported ways that agents use the RPR app to educate buyers. Download the app on your smartphone today and be prepared to respond to your client’s questions tomorrow. 1 “How is the market doing?” What Realtor hasn’t heard this question while with buyers or in the checkout line at the grocery store? Give them the facts by swiping to the left from your app’s home screen. Local Market Conditions will display estimated home values, ...
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