Improving Your Business

Stories, articles and advice aimed at improving your business

Team leaders share their secrets to success
Team leaders share their secrets to success

How do successful teams come about in the first place, and what do their leaders do to ensure continued viability? We speak with the leaders of local teams to learn what works.

Making the dream work: How teams fit into brokerages
Making the dream work: How teams fit into brokerages

We spoke to the people who manage teams at the three local brokerages to learn how teams fit into the larger picture.

What you need to know about the new license law
What you need to know about the new license law

Now that Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed an update of the real estate license act into law, many changes are technically effective now. While some provisions will need to be complied with immediately, other portions of the law will require rules committees to hack out the details in the coming months. Learn what you need to know to stay on the right side of license law.

The dos and don’ts of virtual staging
The dos and don’ts of virtual staging

Virtual staging has become a popular tool for sellers and agents to drive buyer traffic, especially for vacant listings. But there are some very important best practices, ethics guidelines and technological caveats that will make this process smoother. Learn how to use this economical marketing tool in a way that will boost your business.  

What your lawyer wishes you knew about real estate auctions
What your lawyer wishes you knew about real estate auctions

Auctions have changed a great deal in the last decade. Do you know what you need to know to represent your clients in this environment? A local real estate attorney offers advice for agents looking to get into this niche.

How auctioneers spotlight sellers’ assets
How auctioneers spotlight sellers’ assets

In a way, auctions can be seen as another form of marketing. Find out how targeted ads and other online tools are helping buyers and sellers who choose auctions as a method of property exchange.

This twist on 1031 exchanges opens opportunities
This twist on 1031 exchanges opens opportunities

Because like-kind exchanges don’t always work out, sometimes clients end up paying all the capital gains tax they were trying to avoid in the first place. Learn how utilizing a Delaware statutory trust in conjunction with 1031 exchanges can solve many of these issues while providing clients with multiple benefits.

More existing homes include smart tech upgrades
More existing homes include smart tech upgrades

A new Harvard study finds half of all homeowners are looking to install smart-home tech in their homes in the next three years, meaning real estate agents and their clients can expect to see more of it in pre-owned homes in the years ahead, not just brand-new models. Are you prepared? Learn who's more likely to include smart technology into their home improvement projects and more.

New lead-gen tools, Nextdoor features and faster commission checks
New lead-gen tools, Nextdoor features and faster commission checks

In our latest tech roundup, BoomTown introduces new lead-gen tools, a new agent promotion feature launches on Nextdoor and a transaction management platform enables smoother digital payments for agents.

Can Amazon revive Realogy? Ecommerce giant launches broker partnership
Can Amazon revive Realogy? Ecommerce giant launches broker partnership

Anyone who’s bought a home knows that it’s usually only a matter of days after closing that their mailbox is inundated with marketing materials. The idea from Amazon is to give consumers an incentive to use an agent through one of Realogy’s brands, while giving Amazon a reason to attract customers who, presumably, will come back for more as they set up their new homes. 

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