REAL TRENDS Article Archive

  • Relationship Building

    Summary:

    A subtle shift back to basics is happening in the industry. Technology is there to facilitate the offline relationship. But, all too often, real estate professionals use it as a crutch...

  • Creating Clarity With Your Company Playbook

    Summary:

    Creating Clarity With Your Company Playbook — Lessons learned from Organizational Expert Patrick Lencioni.

  • What Are Your Three Priorities?

    Summary:

    Most leadership experts have one piece of advice they all repeat over and over. Are you following it?

  • Hud Proposal: Raising The Bar For Housing Discrimination Claims

    Summary:

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule on August 16 that would make it harder to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act for unintentional policies or practices.

  • 2019 Moving Price Index — The Real Costs Of Moving To The World's Top Cities

    Summary:

    When it comes to relocating, many people don't truly understand the realities of the cost of living in global cities...

  • Shifting Landscape: The Market For Mergers And Acquisitions

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    As the markets shift, so do mergers and acquisitions. Here are some trends we're seeing...

  • Brokerages And Teams Are Adapting To Challenges

    Summary:

    While it's essential to pay attention to what's going on, for the most part, leaders need to ignore the noise and formulate their plans for remaining viable and competitive going forward.

  • Residential Real Estate Firms - The Truth About High Valuations

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    An analysis of recent financial reports and valuations of firms. We're aware of a real estate services company with gross revenues that grew nearly 40% over the past 12 months. Unfortunately, their gross margin declined by 25%, their interest expense from operating credit facilities grew from nothing to over $2 million...

  • Residential Areas In Abu Dhabi Open To Foreign Residents To Buy Freehold Property

    Summary:

    The residential real estate market in Abu Dhabi received a boost this year with stimulus packages and relaxed business regulations.

  • The CFPB Moves To End The GSE Patch

    Summary:

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it plans to terminate the GSE patch, a safe harbor under its Ability to Repay requirements for loans eligible for purchase by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, on its scheduled expiration date of January 10, 2021, or possibly after a short extension.