realtors: Cut the Chains and Let Them Soar - 07/24/13 01:29 AM
Today is the big day... The day that we,REALTORS, will still be stuck in the mud or the day we pull our self up by the bootstraps and make a change to become the best that we can. I don't know what will happen today at the NAR board meeting, but I am sure it will be a day in history. 
Inman News did a story yesterday that I feel nailed it. Take a look and see. I say it is time to clean house and make wholesale changes in the way our agreement is with Today is the day you … (0 comments)

realtors: NAR Survey Regarding Aspects of your Local Housing Market - 04/04/11 01:07 PM
Dear Realtor,
On Monday, April 11, 2011, you will receive an invitation to a survey regarding aspects of your local housing market.  We are writing in advance because we have found that our members appreciate knowing ahead of time when they will be contacted for studies like this one.  
The survey will take no more than five minutes of your time, and you'll be given the opportunity at the end to enter a drawing for one of five (5) $100 American Express Gift Cards.
Your responses will remain completely confidential. We will not sell or distribute your … (4 comments)

realtors: REALTOR Survival Initiative - March 13 Town Hall Meeting - 03/31/11 02:35 PM

Dear Realtor,
On April 13, 2011 from 1:00pm-3:00pm (Central), the NAR Leadership Team will be hosting a Town Hall session to discuss our proposed new and exciting REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative that the NAR Board of Directors will discuss and vote on at the upcoming Midyear meeting in Washington, DC.  This initiative represents a historic and game-changing opportunity for all three levels of our organization to enhance our advocacy effectiveness.
Because of the far-reaching nature of this initiative, as well as its financial implications, the NAR Leadership Team decided to convene a special session of our Executive … (1 comments)

realtors: Houston's NRG's Negotiations Luncheon - 01/14/10 02:06 AM
Save the Date....February 3 - Negotiations Luncheon @ The Grove NRG invites you to save the date for Wednesday, February 3, 2010 for our first educational luncheon of the year! We are kicking off the year with Tom Hayman President of Negotiation Expertise, LLC, home of the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation one of the top new designations in real estate. More details coming soon! #NRG #HAR
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realtors: How to choose the best agent - 05/28/08 12:31 AM
The process of buying or selling a home is filled with decisions. You can base many of those decisions on objective criteria, like how many bedrooms you want or what price comparable homes have fetched. Often, though, people decide which agent to hire without giving it much thought at all. That could be a big mistake. Just because an agent is successful doesn't guarantee that he or she is the best agent for you. With so much riding on this transaction, you not only want someone who understands your goals and has the ability to help you achieve them; you also … (5 comments)

realtors: Take the stress out of buying a home - 04/21/08 01:12 AM
Which emotion surges higher when buying a home: excitement or anxiety? Either or both can take significant hold during the home buying process. Imagining the possibilities of your new house can bring great joy, while the financial implications of making such a purchase create worries for most people. You can take steps to reduce the stress, though, and focus on the enjoyable aspects of buying a new home.
Get readyLong before you start walking through properties, you can lay the groundwork for a good home buying experience. The sooner you start saving for a down payment the better. Having some money to … (1 comments)

realtors: Write it down - 04/01/08 12:05 AM
Want to decrease your chances of ending up embroiled in a lawsuit when you buy or sell property? Then don't rely on verbal agreements.
Real estate deals are usually some of the most complicated, expensive transactions in people's lives. Yet, time and again, misunderstandings occur. Buyers think sellers promised to make certain repairs. Sellers assert that the buyers agreed to let them stay in the home after closing. It doesn't matter if you're outlining your relationship with an agent, making an offer on a home, negotiating repairs, or some other key task. Get it in writing.
Show good form
The easiest way to … (13 comments)

realtors: Easy ways to get your home ready to sell - 01/13/08 02:06 PM
If you plan to sell your home, I have good news for you: You can increase your chances of quickly receiving an acceptable purchase offer. I'm not suggesting major financial investments or hugely time-consuming tasks. Take these simple steps that you can handle on your own, and they will pay off.
Give it a good scrub I can't tell you how many homes for sale I've visited that were just plain filthy-food-stained walls, muddy carpets, dried dog slobber on the windows. If ever there was a time to roll up your sleeves and clean house, this is it. You don't want … (2 comments)

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