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How to help your clients buy or sell luxury homes in 2019
How to help your clients buy or sell luxury homes in 2019

Many homebuyers want the same thing — a house in a community they love where they can watch their family grow. But some people are looking for something extra, whether that’s a prestigious neighborhood, exquisite amenities or a home with...

Financing tips for working with luxury homebuyers
Financing tips for working with luxury homebuyers

The finances of buyers at the luxury level are often complicated, and that complication can make it harder to find loan options that work for them, even if they have a healthy balance sheet.

Facebook: Marketing friend or foe?
Facebook: Marketing friend or foe?

Social media experts and real estate agents share ideas for how to use the platform for generating business in an era of declining trust.

Helping buyers understand credit scores
Helping buyers understand credit scores

Even though you’re in the trenches every day, buying a house is a big deal for your clients. It requires many involved steps and processes that can seem overwhelming to any buyer. And one of the more intimidating steps is...

Home design trends in demand in 2019
Home design trends in demand in 2019

This year is one of continued change in home design as consumers get revved up about more livable spaces and a surge in new home-centered technology. Trends are constantly changing, and this year, homeowners want design that will create a...

Inside the minds of top producers in Chicagoland
Inside the minds of top producers in Chicagoland

There are few clearer indicators that an agent has reached the greatest heights of the real estate profession than being recognized as a top producer. It’s both an affirmation of an agent’s success and an invaluable accolade that can help...

Bringing together tech and real estate data to solve problems
Bringing together tech and real estate data to solve problems

The U.S. Census Bureau is renewing its push to stimulate innovative technological developments through the use of its own data. The Opportunity Project (TOP), a collaborative effort between government agencies and private tech firms, continues to build upon initiatives launched...

A top producer with a boutique point of view
A top producer with a boutique point of view

Competing with real estate’s biggest brands can be difficult, but it’s something Tamara O’Connor knows well. The broker-owner at Premier Living Properties in St. Charles managed to make our Real Data list not once but twice, personally scoring the No....

Book recommendations for the win
Book recommendations for the win

A robust reading list helps many agents and brokers retain balance while also learning new techniques and information. But the types of tomes on top producers’ bookshelves vary quite a bit. While some agents rely on strictly on business and...

A different way to reward high production levels
A different way to reward high production levels

  Many brokerages recognize their top producers with incentives, special trips, awards or even just by noting who’s on top at the weekly sales meeting. But what if the method of recognition also had the potential to help top producers...

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