real estate: Meet the “Happiest Agents on the Block” - 04/23/14 09:42 AM
A Study of Agent Happiness The happiness of real estate professionals is a surprisingly under-discussed topic. Industry-focused real estate publications tend to harp on things like lead generation methods, email marketing best practices, and the importance of social media while sadly rarely touching on what agents can do to become more happy. Google searches for the term “real estate happiness” returns approximately five times less results than the terms “real estate leads” and 11 times less results than “real estate social media.”
Market Leader sought to correct this when it created the “Happiest Agent on the Block” survey. Over 3,000 real … (48 comments)

real estate: Real Estate Confidence Index - Q2 2013 Survey Results - 08/05/13 10:41 AM
These are the results of the Q2 2013 Real Estate Confidence Index survey. In this survey, we asked real estate professionals from across North America how confident they are that their local markets will see improvements in the coming quarter. We were not surprised to find that Realtor® confidence has experienced some gains since last quarter and has improved by leaps and bounds since 2012.
Why should you care about Realtor® confidence and the Real Estate Confidence Index? Consider the following statement from the Real Estate Confidence Index homepage:
“The Real Estate Confidence Index sidesteps [the] shortcomings [of other real estate … (0 comments)

real estate: Introducing the Real Estate Confidence Index - 04/25/13 07:44 AM
News publications across the country use data from reports like the Case-Shiller index (home prices) and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Building Permits Survey (new construction starts) to accurately and authoritatively write about national real estate market trends. While these indices are enough to satisfy curiosity about the state of the U.S. real estate market, it is important to note that they have two major shortcomings.
The first shortcoming is that all current real estate indices are concerned with what has happened in the past. For example, the Building Permits Survey looks at permits issued over the last month to last year … (3 comments)

real estate: Real Estate Madness - March Madness for Real Estate - 03/27/13 07:29 AM
March Madness has caused the Market Leader staff to become bracket-crazy, and NCAA men’s basketball simply isn’t enough to satiate our need for bracket-based competition. We thus decided to create “Real Estate Madness” and pit 64 U.S. cities against each other to see which one is the best city to live in.
Making this little real estate tournament also helped ease the pain of having my alma mater, the University of Washington, fail to make it into March Madness. I'm sure some of you have favorite NCAA men's basketball teams that were in the same boat. *Sigh* ... there's always next … (7 comments)

real estate: Three Blogging Tips for Real Estate Professionals - 02/19/13 01:46 AM
Blogging is a powerful tool for real estate professionals. In addition to providing interesting and informative news for the blog’s readers, it helps them rank higher in search engine result pages (SERPs) for the keywords they target. Having a blog is not enough to reap benefits from it, however; only people who blog properly benefit from doing so.
Follow the blogging tips listed below to become a savvy, effective blogger.
Write Interesting Content Don’t use your blog as a way to brag about your accomplishments. Readers want interesting, informative, and varied content – not a long list of reasons why … (2 comments)

real estate: Safety Tips for Real Estate Professionals - 02/18/13 03:15 AM
Ashley Okland, a 27-year-old real estate agent from West Des Moines, Iowa, was shot and killed on April 8, 2011 inside a model townhome she was working in. Investigators believe that the murder was planned and that Okland was targeted because she was working alone.
Okland’s murder is sadly not an isolated incident; every year, many real estate professionals are killed in the United States. 23 agents were murdered in 2010, and 30 were murdered in 2011. Believe it or not, the real estate industry has actually gotten safer in recent years; the average annual homicide rate for real estate professionals … (32 comments)

real estate: Valentine's Day Infographic: Love, Marriage & Homeownership - 02/13/13 08:37 AM
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and romance is in the air. The plethora of heart shaped candies, flowers, and chocolate circling our office got the thinking – how is real estate affected by love and marriage? We dug up some interesting facts and created an infographic using them.
Hope you enjoy the infographic, and have a happy Valentine’s Day!

See the rest of this infographic at the blog.
Marital Status and Homeownership Married People Tend to be Homeowners Married couples are more likely to buy homes than single people. This is largely to the dual incomes households with married … (3 comments)

real estate: Super Bowl Appearances vs. Real Estate Prices - 01/31/13 11:32 PM
NFL teams that go to the Super Bowl often tend to come from cities with high real estate prices. Cities like San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. are noted both for their highly successful football teams and their abnormally high home prices.

Before you discount the accuracy of this statement, consider the following facts:
The 10 teams that have been to the Super Bowl the most come from cities with an average median home price of $339,800. On the other hand, the 10 teams that have been to the least Super Bowls (if they have even managed to go … (46 comments)

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