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Are referral fees hurting consumers?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.

Real estate unplugged: Growing closer through social distancing
Real estate unplugged: Growing closer through social distancing

An experiment that was expected to last a few weeks has now become a transformational moment for Dream Town Realty.

First-time buyer seminars in the age of COVID-19
First-time buyer seminars in the age of COVID-19

If you want to build your business around first-time buyers, you would do well to follow the lead of Ryan Gable.

How informed, empathetic lenders and agents can make the difference for  first-timers facing a chaotic market
How informed, empathetic lenders and agents can make the difference for first-timers facing a chaotic market

“We need to remind ourselves that we are all in this together. We’re in a bad spot as a country, and we need to get through this together.” — Tim Brigham, branch manager at Union Home Mortgage

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