On a daily basis, in the bustle of appointments and commitments, it’s easy to become complacent about your safety. But because of the potentially dangerous situations real estate practitioners find themselves in each day—vacant homes, open houses, chauffeuring strangers to showings—it’s imperative to put a premium on precaution.
As an immigrant herself, DeLeon made it her goal to help immigrant families reach their homeownership dreams. Through community seminars, a newspaper column, and a radio show, she educates prospective buyers on everything from creating and fixing credit to finding low-interest home loans and downpayment assistance programs.
Some three thousand miles from New York City, in Phoenix, Randy Cooney was inspired to create his own 9/11 tribute: a memorial flag featuring the victims’ names and flags of each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia.
White convinced area practitioners and the local government to take part in a citywide open house day: Salespeople would hold simultaneous open houses and the city would waive the transfer tax for buyers and sellers on any homes put under contract within 45 days of open house day.
Back in the nascent years of the Fair Housing Act, Mary Hudson Glazer put the law to work. She’s continued to set an example over the past 30 years, teaching practitioners and potential homebuyers about fair housing issues.
When Chris McElroy saw posters created by planners with the city of Fort Collins, Colo., aimed at educating the public about the lack of local affordable housing, he did what the city hoped everyone would do—he sprang into action.
Goldstein identified a major problem in Florida's smart growth efforts: Environmentalists, developers, city council members, and others weren’t sharing solutions. So she put together a symposium on growth issues and invited all the players.
Laura Worthington doesn’t let shiny new homes dull the luster of her resale listings in potential buyers’ eyes. To compete in an area of Las Vegas where 60 percent of listings are new homes, Worthington, ABR®, CRS®, pulls out all the marketing stops.
As fire seasons go, the summer of 2002 has been a killer. Wildfires have ravaged more than 2.8 million acres so far this year, damaging or destroying more than a thousand homes and commercial buildings and leaving area practitioners scrambling to serve buyers and sellers, even as fire threatened their own homes and businesses.
The Altishins, sales associates with Realty Executives of Nevada, thought they were doing fine financially. Turns out they we were one step away from financial ruin. So, they created a budget that allowed them to save 10 percent of their combined income for an emergency fund while paying off bills.
Natasha Motev has no fear of saying goodbye to sellers who want to overprice their homes. If Motev sounds like the embodiment of self-assurance, that’s no surprise. She learned early in life to adapt to challenging situations.
The worlds of high tech and country living meet up each week in Elyse Harney’s Country Journal, an e-mail newsletter she sends to past customers, clients, and city folk longing to visit—and possibly move to—the countryside.
To keep your business healthy, you need a plan for increasing your earning power and controlling your expenses in the event of a downturn. These tips can help you keep business on track, no matter which way the economy heads.
If there’s a way to save time or money with technology, Edwin Ordubegian has figured it out. With a mere four years of real estate sales experience, Ordubegian has used technology to help him net $26 million in sales while working 50 hours or less a week.