Monthly Archives: November 2017

Keeping Pace in a Fast-Selling, Multiple-Offer Market

In the following interview, Terry Jones, broker/owner of HomeSmart Real Estate Associates in Seattle, Wash., discusses the advantages of the HomeSmart brand, the local market, technology and more. Region Served: Bellevue, Seattle and Tacoma Years in Real Estate: 28 Number of Offices: 3 Number of Agents: 135 Favorite Part of Your Job: Teaching and role […]

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All for One: Sellstate Succeeds Through Revolutionary Collaboration

Arthur Darmanin is very selective when it comes to bringing new companies into the Sellstate fold. And for good reason. Given the interconnected dynamic that runs throughout the system—from the newest agent all the way up to Darmanin himself—joining Sellstate is for those who are willing to aim high and work together to get there. […]

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3 Keys to Success: Honesty, Collaboration and Follow-Up

In the following interview, Susan Hanson, Steven Hanson and Joe Balestriere of the Hanson Realty Group with William Raveis Exceptional Properties in Fairfield County, Conn., discuss the dynamics of their group, operating a team, and more. Years in Real Estate: 15 Region Served: Lower Fairfield County, Conn. Average Market Time: The average for Q1 2017 […]

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Jim Sparkman: Giving Agents an Advantage With Education

In 2013, Jim Sparkman, Donald Sturgeon and Mark Farrow were all real estate agents at a firm in Salem, Ore., when all three individually had discussed leaving that brokerage and going in a different direction. Sparkman came up with the idea of the three joining forces to form a HomeSmart Realty Group, a model the […]

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Existing-Home Sales at Pace Not Seen Since Summer

Existing-home sales in October were at a pace not seen since summer, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports. Existing-home sales totaled 5.48 million, a 2.0 percent increase from September but a 0.9 percent decrease from one year prior. Inventory decreased 3.2 percent to 1.80 million, 10.4 percent below one year prior. “Job growth in […]

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Best and Worst Places for Millennial Home-Buying

Members of the millennial generation, especially first-time buyers, are already struggling to purchase a home due to student loan debt, trouble saving for a down payment and tight inventory—factors cited in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. According to GOBankingRates, slow wage growth and low unemployment rates across […]

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Brokers: Leverage Your Influence to Help Shape the Legal Landscape

As a broker, you’re undoubtedly concerned when legislative issues threaten your business, your agents’ business or your customers’ lives. But how do you speak up and make sure decision-makers hear your concerns? That’s where the Broker Involvement Program can help. This program, accessible through the Realtor Action Center website, gives brokers a quick, easy and […]

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2018 Forecast: Affordable Homes in the Suburbs

In 2018, anticipate home-building will shift to the suburbs, according to a forecast recently released by Zillow. Cheaper construction costs, coupled with demand for entry-level homes, is expected to lead to increased inventory in the suburbs. “We’re on the other side of the housing recovery, and the real estate market looks quite different than it […]

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House Hunters Get in the Black Friday Mentality With Holiday Home-Buying

The holiday season is here, and with it the mass amounts of consumer shopping tied to gift-giving, or just personal spending at a discounted price. While terms like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are synonymous with post-Thanksgiving consumer spending sparked by widespread sales, real estate shoppers are no strangers to home-buying during the holiday season, […]

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