Improving Your Business

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3 surprising elements of a listing that buyers focus on
3 surprising elements of a listing that buyers focus on

As the market shifts, it’s important to look at your seller’s property with a critical eye. Here are a few features that your clients might be blind to, but that house hunters will definitely notice.

Company policies: How managing brokers navigate new rules and regs
Company policies: How managing brokers navigate new rules and regs

This year brings new laws about marijuana use, tenant screening and real estate licensing, and as usual, there are subtle but important changes on social media use and cybersecurity practices. Is your office ready for 2020 from a legal

‘Ban the box’ for rentals: How Cook County landlords must adapt
‘Ban the box’ for rentals: How Cook County landlords must adapt

To meet the ambitious goal of ameliorating the effects of the criminal justice system on housing, Cook County commissioners amended the county’s Human Rights Ordinance to include more provisions for housing-related issues. Here's what you and your clients need to

Marijuana is now legal in Illinois. Is your business ready?
Marijuana is now legal in Illinois. Is your business ready?

Whether your brokerage will enthusiastically rent to dispensaries or would prefer to avoid marijuana altogether, this new law is sure to touch your clients, agents and employees. Put policies in place now to shape how you deal with it, and

Rents are rising in Chicagoland. Here’s how tenant reps can help
Rents are rising in Chicagoland. Here’s how tenant reps can help

Recent data shows costs to rent an apartment are rising all across the Midwest. But there are a few ways you can help your clients find the right fit for their budget.

Two ways agents can fail buyers and sellers, according to clients
Two ways agents can fail buyers and sellers, according to clients

A new Century 21 study found that most consumers are satisfied with their experience during the transaction, but there are a few fixes that real estate professionals could implement to improve the situation.

Taking care of business: Shifting your mindset from agent to business owner
Taking care of business: Shifting your mindset from agent to business owner

Because most brokers are independent contractors, they often have to be their own accountants, marketers, office managers and schedulers. Here are some concrete steps for real estate professionals who are ready to get serious about the shift from “agent” to

Invest in what you know: How agents can build a real estate portfolio
Invest in what you know: How agents can build a real estate portfolio

What with their specialized knowledge in the product, one would think every real estate professional would have some real property as part of their investment plan. But that's not the

Education: A simple — but vital — investment in your career
Education: A simple — but vital — investment in your career

Any real estate agent who’s spent time in the field can tell you that licensing classes and continuing education courses don’t prepare brokers for the challenges of running a

Robots expected to overtake humans in construction by 2025
Robots expected to overtake humans in construction by 2025

As contractors face tighter schedules and a shrinking pool of qualified people, they are turning to autonomous workers to solve their

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