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    Thoughts on Leadership: Happy Real Estate New Year

    First things first: HAPPY NEW YEAR! You might be thinking, “Gino, what? Happy New Year now?” Yep! I’m commemorating the new year a few months early because the real estate new year begins Sunday, Oct. 1. In a fantastic, new YouTube video, Joe Stacy, executive vice president, general growth manager and designated managing broker at…

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    The September 2023 Luxury Market Report

    The Institute’s Luxury Market Report provides an in-depth analysis of trends and comparative data for leading residential markets in Canada and the United States. The report for September examines the latest statistics for the North American luxury market, comparing month-over-month data and analyzing the 13-month trend. Building on the insights from last month’s report,  we…

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    Navigating the Fall Real Estate Market: Tips for REALTORS®

    Navigating the fall real estate market can be a dynamic endeavor for real estate agents, presenting both challenges and lucrative opportunities. As the market tends to cool down during this season, agents must stay proactive and flexible in their approach. Here are some tips to help you adapt your strategies during this season:  Understand seasonal…

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    Century 21 Continues Southern Expansion

    Century 21 has announced that North Carolina brokerage Folks Properties Inc. has affiliated with its national brand. This is not the first recent expansion by Century 21 in the Tar Heel State, which they describe as a growing market. The now-affiliated firm will do business as CENTURY 21 Folks Properties. It was founded in 2018…

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    Mortgage Applications Continue Declining in Response to Ongoing Rate Hikes

    Mortgage applications fell again this week, down 6.0% from last week’s 1.3% drop the week earlier, according to the latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) released Wednesday. This week’s numbers:  The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 6.0% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one…

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    NAR Profiles America’s Brokerages in New Report

    The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has released its latest report documenting the different real estate brokerages across America. The report examines the defining characteristics of these brokerages: their current level of business activity and their future outlook, franchise status, leadership, benefits and technology tools offered to their agents, etc. Through cross-referencing, a cumulative picture…

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    Building a Digital-First Marketing Strategy for Today’s Buyers and Sellers

    In this month’s issue of RISMedia’s Real Estate magazine, we spoke with Amory Wooden, chief marketing officer of CENTURY 21®, Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate and ERA®, to discuss the importance of taking a digital-first marketing approach to engage the modern consumer. Paige Tepping: How does your background working with technology-focused brands inspire what…

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    Opendoor Partners With eXp as iBuyers Adapt to Survive

    As the aftermath of an iBuyer boom-and-bust continues to play out, market leader Opendoor appears to be pivoting toward closer partnerships with the traditional real estate industry, announcing this week a new partnership with eXp intended to be the “first step of a broader relationship.” In a release yesterday, Opendoor said it would begin providing…

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    Changing With the Times: How Real Estate Winners Are Staying That Way

    Above, RE/MAX President and CEO Nick Bailey. Photo by AJ Canaria.  In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to be laser-focused and razor-sharp when deciding how to proceed. With the likelihood of high mortgage rates and limited inventory continuing into 2024, making the correct decisions on cost-cutting, while simultaneously establishing new revenue streams,…

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    Four Large Southeastern MLSs Form Alliance

    Southeast MLS Alliance has announced its formation as a data-share system with its four founding members being the largest multiple listing services (MLS) in their respective states. These include Canopy MLS, Charleston MLS, Georgia MLS and Realtracs in Tennessee.  “It was time for like-minded MLSs in large markets across the southeast to come together and…

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