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New Tax Law Offers Big Surprise Deduction for Most Real Estate Professionals

Nine months after the whirlwind enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, most Americans remain unimpressed. In recent polling, only 39 percent approve of the new law, while 43 percent don’t like it. Yet, according to the White House, 82 percent of all middle-income households will receive a tax cut. Obviously, there’s […]

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Competition Motivates Greatness: A Broker Public Portal Story

The wall that separated the public from listing data fell with the rise of consumer demand for more information. A few bricks still stand, but a new mythal is being built. For the unfamiliar, a mythal is a plot element from fantasy novels that prevents certain control from being employed, affects everyone in its bounds […]

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7 Ways the Fed’s Decisions on Interest Rates Affect You

(TNS)—When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, you feel it. “The Federal Reserve has its fingers in your pocketbook to a greater degree than the IRS,” says Michael Reese, a certified financial planner in Traverse City, Mich. In September, the Fed raised rates for the third time in 2018, and a fourth hike in December […]

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Growing an Inspired Company: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

Dan Forsman, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties Having battled through the new-homes collapse during the recession, Atlanta-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties now stands as the area’s premier provider of residential real estate services. Thanks to a series of strategic moves—including tapping into the power of a world-renowned brand—CEO Dan Forsman has led the […]

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Coming Out on Top

In the following interview, Stephanie Sandoval, broker/franchise owner of HomeSmart Lifestyles in Queen Creek and Fountain Hills, Ariz., discusses the advantages of the brand, the local market, technology, and more. Region Served: Arizona Years in Real Estate: 18 Number of Offices: 2 Number of Agents: 145 Favorite Part of Your Job: Teaching and mentoring newer […]

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Paul Grover: High-End Service and Deep Local Roots

Vitals: Robert Paul Properties Years in Business: 9 Size: 10 offices, 100 agents Regions Served: Cape Cod, Greater Boston, Coastal Mass. 2017 Sales Volume: $615 million 2017 Transactions: 629 www.robertpaul.com Ever since beginning a career in real estate in 1981, Paul Grover has personally handled more than $1.5 billion in sales, and continues to broker […]

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HENRYs: One of the Greatest High-Earning Segments in Real Estate

Who is HENRY? The acronym, which stands for High Earners Not Rich Yet, represents a segment of the consumer population, made up primarily of millennial and young Gen X homebuyers who earn over $100,000 per year. This niche demographic represents one of the greatest emerging sources of profit for agents—and that’s why Engel & Völkers […]

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Grow Houses No Problem for REALTORS® to Sell

There are burgeoning housing implications of the legalization of marijuana, from demand for dispensaries to an influence on property values, according to a new report. According to approximately 10 percent of REALTORS®, in areas where there’s a dispensary, homes have increased in value, a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) survey uncovered. More than 75 percent […]

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Commercial Market Solid—for Now

There’s building chatter of an impending recession—but for the foreseeable future, housing, and the commercial market, specifically, is in steady territory, according to two economists. “The economy is strong and we are seeing solid job gains, with no triggers to cause an economic recession,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS® […]

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Fair Housing Conversation Starters

NAR PULSE—Looking for a way to start a conversation about fair housing with your agents? Check out the series of articles published as part of NAR’s commemoration of the Fair Housing Act for ideas. Topics include the lingering impacts of discrimination, fair housing’s connection to education, the future of fair housing, and more. Share an […]

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