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5 things your clients can do to sell next year
5 things your clients can do to sell next year

Embracing spontaneity may be good for last minute Blackhawks tickets or a dinner out with friends, but preparing a home to sell on the fly – not so much. The spring market is generally one of the more active times...

4 tips on working with international buyers
4 tips on working with international buyers

Reaching international buyers is paramount to success in some markets. While many agents spend money on print and other advertising in foreign cities,  by and large the best bang for your buck is to begin fostering relationships with local brokers,...

Why millennial homebuyers should reconsider renovations
Why millennial homebuyers should reconsider renovations

By Mainstreet Organization of Realtors With reasonably priced homes in Chicagoland continuing to fly off the market, finding a move-in-ready home packed with amenities may not be plausible for homebuyers who aren’t willing to come in, at or above asking...

Tech Watch: RealSavvy aims to make it easier for clients, agents to talk
Tech Watch: RealSavvy aims to make it easier for clients, agents to talk

Categories: CRM, Website creation, IDX RealSavvy, which started in 2014 with the goal of making it easier for agents and their clients to communicate, has recently rolled out its newest offering, an interactive CRM tool. It allows clients to let...

Technology may be changing how real estate agents view safety
Technology may be changing how real estate agents view safety

Although Realtor Safety Month is coming to a close, it is important for agents to continue to be aware of potential security concerns, especially as technology evolves. One of the new concerns for modern agents is surveillance from technology that...

5 issues you face when inheriting a house
5 issues you face when inheriting a house

The recent death of legendary singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin initially posed a quandary for her four surviving sons. Because she didn’t leave a will, her $80 million fortune – including Franklin’s numerous real estate holdings – likely will take longer to...

Online application or in-person interaction: What do buyers prefer when applying for a home loan?
Online application or in-person interaction: What do buyers prefer when applying for a home loan?

As the real estate world becomes more digitally focused, homebuyers are leaning on tech and online tools during various points in the homebuying process. Whether it be looking at homes online or applying for loans, buyers are expecting digital options...

Facebook removes certain targeted advertising options amid HUD discrimination complaint
Facebook removes certain targeted advertising options amid HUD discrimination complaint

Facebook recently announced changes it will be making to its advertising tools after the company was accused of potentially enabling housing discrimination on the platform. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a discrimination complaint...

Trulia Neighborhoods launches to provide crowdsourced localized information
Trulia Neighborhoods launches to provide crowdsourced localized information

Trulia is launching a new tool to help buyers, renters and agents learn about an area with their new feature – Trulia Neighborhoods. The new tool, which is available both online and as a mobile app, is a crowdsourced database...

Buying homes is the most stressful event in modern life for Americans. How agents can help them
Buying homes is the most stressful event in modern life for Americans. How agents can help them

Source: homes.com Purchasing a home is meant to be a joyful accomplishment, but many Americans found the the event to be stressful. A new survey from Homes.com found that nearly 40 percent of Americans said purchasing a new home is...

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