• Iceland: Captivating Natural Environment Or Real Estate Opportunity?


    I recently visited Iceland and experienced not only its varied, rugged environment of lava fields, volcanoes, geysers, and fjords, but I also saw how this tiny country had recovered from their economic and banking crisis ten years ago.

  • Details Of The Compass Acquisition Of Alain Pinel


    As you may have read, Compass, the NYC-based brokerage, announced that it had acquired Silicon Valley giant Alain Pinel REALTORS® on March 1, 2019. Alain Pinel closed over $12.2 billion in 2017 sales on nearly 7,600 closed transactions ranking it seventh among all brokerage firms in the United States in closed sales volume.

  • New Regulation: More Private Flood Insurance Competition?


    As Congress continues to debate comprehensive reform of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), federal banking regulators have published a final joint regulation allowing for broader acceptance of private flood insurance policies.

  • Showing Traffic Falls - Sellers Hope For A Spring Thaw


    Sluggish February real estate showing activity continues seven-month decline foretelling a buyer's market. February showing traffic fell 9.3 percent year over year in the U.S.; the West Region again saw the largest decline in activity, down 16.8 percent vs. the same time last year, the region's 12th straight month of slowing traffic...

  • Building Your Team: Top 10 Interviewing Tips


    Hiring great talent is at the top of every brokerage's list. Here's Here are 10 tips on how to interview agents to find out if they're good for your team. The first step in building a great team is hiring the right talent. Clearly, the interview process is a key component...

  • Do You Struggle To Communicate Effectively?


    Struggling with effective communication? It's time to put in place a strategic communications system. Real estate brokerages are filled with people-people—a group of leaders, staff, and agents who love connecting. That's why you would think it's a place where strong communicators would run rampant. Instead, almost all of the real estate brokerages I've come across struggle to communicate for a variety of reasons.

  • Consumer Poll: Home Sellers Don't Understand Real Estate Commissions


    Many homeowners are misinformed about how much it actually costs to sell a home, according to a new study of prospective home sellers.

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