Editor's Note

You, Robot?
You, Robot?

Predictive analytics is a new way to take in more data and make more precise and educated guesses from the results. And it’s no longer theoretical; predictive analytics and big data have moved from buzzwords to adoption.

Manager as magnet
Manager as magnet

In this issue, we learn what managing brokers are looking for when they recruit agents, and what they do when they’ve found someone they think will be a good fit in their office. How much can they really control, in terms of how agents do their business, and what’s the proper level of support and training to offer a person who isn’t technically one’s employee?

Competition lawsuits roiling the industry
Competition lawsuits roiling the industry

Real estate has been hit with multiple legal challenges to the status quo, particularly in how agents get paid. Why is this happening now, and what does it mean for you?

A window toward wealth
A window toward wealth

Our take on the luxury market is distinct. We like to think of ourselves as a resource for agents who work with — or want to be able to work with — high-end clients.

All about you
All about you

I’ve been looking forward to this issue since I started at Chicago Agent magazine...

Ready for spring
Ready for spring

The spring market is on its way in, and with it, new homes will be sprouting all over Chicagoland. Are you ready?

The view from the top
The view from the top

OK, I’m going to be totally honest. The term “top producer” is one that sometimes gives me pause. In fact, one tip I often offer agents when it comes to marketing themselves to consumers is to delete all references to...

From the editor: relishing the ranking
From the editor: relishing the ranking

Last month, I was lucky enough to attend the Chicago Association of Realtors 2019 Market Update. All of the speakers had smart insights on how agents and brokers can cope with what’s expected to be a changing market over the...

Finding the people
Finding the people

The topic of mergers and acquisitions can make a person feel small. What do agents, brokers, staffers and managers really mean to CEOs and company owners in this process? Are they not all pawns in a master game of real...

Soothing the financing headaches
Soothing the financing headaches

In my first few years reporting on the real estate industry, I learned just enough about lending to be dangerous. And if I had to guess, there are quite a few rookie real estate agents out there who might be...

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