Improving Your Business

Stories, articles and advice aimed at improving your business

Office culture  & connections  in the time of COVID-19
Office culture & connections in the time of COVID-19

A nurturing office culture doesn’t happen overnight. Supportive, sturdy leadership by the managing broker is crucial, as is providing the right level of support for agents and clients.

Want to thank your agents this holiday season? Here are a few tips.
Want to thank your agents this holiday season? Here are a few tips.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, making it the perfect time for brokers to give a sincere thank you to the folks who have persevered in a challenging year.

How to close 50 deals in a year
How to close 50 deals in a year

Coach Ella Blaine, who is a real estate coach and founder of Real Estate Ladies Rock FB group, offered tips on how to achieve the goal of closing 50 deals annually and go even further in her webinar at the 2020 Realtors Conference and Expo.

5 ways NAR is advocating for members in 2021
5 ways NAR is advocating for members in 2021

The National Association of Realtors announced a list of priorities its Business Issues Policy Committee will focus on next year.

Need an exorcist for your haunted house?
Need an exorcist for your haunted house?

Got ghosts? No problem, says the company, which launched a new exorcism service for those needing to rid themselves of a paranormal houseguest.

COVID-19  Can’t  Stop Me!
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
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.

d’aprile properties co-CEO Lindsay Miller says training is key when it comes to rookie success
d’aprile properties co-CEO Lindsay Miller says training is key when it comes to rookie success

The biggest so-called “rookie mistake” she sees in the industry is not asking enough questions.

New automated valuation model introduced by CoreLogic
New automated valuation model introduced by CoreLogic

“In 2020, the appraisal industry saw an immediate need to shift from traditional in-person appraisals to consistently precise and dependable digital valuation tools — a need that continues to grow and has no end in sight.” — Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic

True colors: A room-by-room color guide
True colors: A room-by-room color guide

Most Realtors know a fresh coat of new paint can transform a space, but do they know which colors will attract buyers? A new study has the answer.

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