Improving Your Business

Stories, articles and advice aimed at improving your business

How to avoid a data-breach nightmare
How to avoid a data-breach nightmare

Don’t get caught “running naked through the

From weed to taxes: Regs that will impact your business in 2020
From weed to taxes: Regs that will impact your business in 2020

New laws, shifts in tax assessments and possible methods for filling government shortfalls are all situations brokers should be watching in the coming months.

7 ways to make business planning easier and more effective
7 ways to make business planning easier and more effective

It’s time to start thinking about your goals for 2020. Here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you set your course for the next

Charles Rutenberg Realty among top five large companies in QE Awards
Charles Rutenberg Realty among top five large companies in QE Awards

The results were determined by an independent survey of past customers, examining every closed transaction for the calendar

Partnership between Real Estate Institute and AgentEDU offers new options for students
Partnership between Real Estate Institute and AgentEDU offers new options for students

Late last month, Illinois-based school Real Estate Institute announced it would be launching an affiliate relationship with AgentEDU, a division of Agent Publishing, which produces Chicago Agent

Pocket listing rule approved by NAR
Pocket listing rule approved by NAR

While the association has moved to institute new rules around what to do about off-MLS listings, there are some who say it restricts trade and others who feel it doesn’t go far enough to force brokers to share listing data.

Local brokerage snags top spot in Chicagoland best workplaces list
Local brokerage snags top spot in Chicagoland best workplaces list

Looking at the Trib's Top Workplaces 2019 list, it's clear many in the Chicagoland real estate community are happy with their

6 financial strategies for a more prosperous 2020
6 financial strategies for a more prosperous 2020

Whether you’re looking to build up your business to weather a changing market or get ready to retire, here are some simple ways to structure your career and tax situation for future success.

Don’t fear the iBuyer: How to compete against and cooperate with a growing trend
Don’t fear the iBuyer: How to compete against and cooperate with a growing trend

While iBuyers aren’t an active presence in Chicago yet, brokers need to understand the competition and consider its potential impact on the local market. Does the average agent really need to fear the impact of iBuyers on their business or

The brokerage decision: To iBuy or not to iBuy?
The brokerage decision: To iBuy or not to iBuy?

Real estate brands large and small have a particularly big question facing them in terms of iBuyers: Should they offer their own iBuyer platform to ensure listing agents have all the tools necessary to win

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