REAL TRENDS Article Archive

  • Valuing Today's Brokerage

    Summary:

    A shift from a majority of traditional firms to other operating models has changed the game for business valuations. With nearly 4,000 valuations of residential real estate firms under our belts, we've practically seen it all...

  • Disrupting The Business; Not The Relationship

    Summary:

    In many businesses, disruption has caused a significant change in the relationship between suppliers of services, products, and consumers. This was foretold in the late 1990s book Blown to Bits, where Philip Evans, then the Director of the Media Labs at MIT, predicted that the internet would ultimately rearrange all relationships between producers and consumers. They would be blown to bits.

  • NIMBY VS. BANANA — The State of Housing Today

    Summary:

    How special interest groups are impacting affordable housing.

  • The Evolution of Teams

    Summary:

    In our work ranking the top individual agents and teams over the past 15 years, we've seen an evolution of teams from what they once were to an infinite variety of such arrangements. These changes have compelled us to change the way we rank teams in our annual reports. We think it is only the beginning.

  • On Black Swans

    Summary:

    Low-Probability, High-Impact Events Have Defined the 21st Century.

  • Relationships vs. Transactions — What Game Are You In?

    Summary:

    Are you playing an infinite game or a finite game? Shifting your mindset between the two.

  • Top 3 Ways to Groom Future CEOs

    Summary:

    Do you have the right leadership team in place, and are you pushing them to think and act like CEOs?

  • Sixth Consecutive Month of Nationwide Year-over-year Improvement

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    Sixth Consecutive Month of Nationwide Year-over-year Improvement. National Growth in Buyer Foot Traffic Largest in the History of the Showing Index®

  • CFPB Changes: Eliminating The DTI Requirement For Qualified Mortgages

    Summary:

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) plans to replace the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio in its Qualified Mortgage (QM) definition with an alternative measure of credit risk.

  • Amsterdam: A Diverse Residential Real Estate Market

    Summary:

    Ongoing migration to major cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam is spurring demand for urban housing in the Netherlands, and supply is failing to keep pace.