Improving Your Business

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Broker as politician: How involved agents transform communities and their business
Broker as politician: How involved agents transform communities and their business

The interests of brokers and politicians often overlap, as both seek to promote and improve communities. But politically active agents take a more direct approach by advocating directly for changes or

How political nerdiness can translate to more business
How political nerdiness can translate to more business

Learn why Sophie Morrison attends Chicago City Council zoning board hearings, regular updates from Chicago Association of Realtors government affairs directors, neighborhood development meetings and any other local gathering that might help her learn about what’s around the bend for

Should Chicagoland brokers disclose home hauntings?
Should Chicagoland brokers disclose home hauntings?

It’s a common TV trope, but what should you know when dealing with a home that may be

Real estate marketing 101, courtesy of Facebook
Real estate marketing 101, courtesy of Facebook

A guide from the social media giant offers insights on digital marketing strategies for

Three ways real estate is getting smarter
Three ways real estate is getting smarter

DLA Piper’s Global Real Estate Summit examines ways in which technology is disrupting the

How student housing is making Gen Z harder to please
How student housing is making Gen Z harder to please

Developers of both dorms and off-campus housing are offering smart design solutions that create a sense of community in an organic, inconspicuous way. And young people look to replicate that when they start “adulting” after

A look at two routes into the new construction market
A look at two routes into the new construction market

We examine two routes into new construction by speaking with Liz Brooks, Belgravia Group’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Millie Rosenbloom, a Baird & Warner agent who is a three-decade veteran of new construction sales, from townhomes

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

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

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

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