Best Business Practices

Game changer: Agents at fee-based Charles Rutenberg Realty retain more commissions

Agents pay a small fee per transaction, which gives them the ability to take home more money per deal than if they paid the company a percentage of their commissions, which is common practice at other firms.

COVID-19 Can’t Stop Me!

Acknowledging the vast opportunities that real estate does offer, a former Los Angeles wedding planner, a Chicago Mercantile Exchange trader and a suburban Chicago millennial all launched their real estate careers just before the onslaught of the worldwide deadly virus.

Agent Advice

Everyone starts somewhere. We polled our readers — fellow Chicagoland agents — to find out what advice they would give their rookie agent selves! Have a look at what they said.

Are referral fees hurting consumers?

A new report by the Consumer Federation of America reveals that referral fees paid by real estate agents result in higher commission rates and reduced customer service.

The professionalism problem: Raising the bar in real estate

Under the new Real Estate License Act, new licensees have a post-license education requirement of 45 hours dedicated to professionalism.

Real estate agents and brokers on professionalism

Professionalism is more important than ever these days. See what Chicago-area brokers have to say about professionalism in the industry.

Bad reputation: How professionalism can help, or hurt, your brand

When it comes to professionalism in residential real estate, Frances Simons, designated managing broker at Baird & Warner’s Lake Zurich office, doesn’t pull her punches.

Growing personal wealth: How agents use what they know to invest in their future

Though brokers help their clients invest in real estate every day, many don’t have their own portfolios set up yet. Learn from real estate professionals who have done this successfully, whether purchasing rental buildings, flipping homes or serving clients who want to expand their stake in the market.

Taking a step toward financial freedom in a time of economic crisis

It’s been about two years since the National Association of Realtors launched its financial planning and assistance wing, the Center for Realtor Financial Wellness, and just in time to find its footing for the coming global recession.

How have brokers’ office needs changed since COVID-19?

See what readers have to say about changes they’ve made in response to COVID-19.

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