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  • Tips From Top Agents: Lynn Pineda and the Power of Real Estate Blogging

    We all benefit from helpful guidance and advice from our peers and those who've advanced in the field. Today, I want to introduce you to Lynn Pineda, a real estate agent with a passion for social media and blogging. Lynn is a top-producing Realtor located in Coral Springs, Fla. Lynn's motto is "Real Estate promised delivered." She serves Coral Springs and South Florida buyers and sellers and frequently works w…

  • Tips From Top Agents: Bill Gassett on Social Media Strategy

    We all benefit from helpful guidance and advice from our peers and those who've advanced in our field. Bill Gassett is a top-producing Realtor in Framingham, Mass., with more than two decades of real estate experience. His work ethic and insight are known far beyond New England. In addition to the hard work he puts in with clients, Bill provides guidance for fellow agents through his blog and a number of s…

  • Here’s a Recap of the National Association of Realtors Conference

    If you had to describe the National Association of Realtors conference in one word, what word would that be? I keep pondering this question and have come up with several: "wow," "exciting," and "educational". It's too difficult to choose just one word to describe my first NAR conference. I met so many amazing agents that I hope to stay in touch with, exhibitors with wonderful ideas and attended several classes I f…

  • The Housing Market is Back From the Brink — And it’s Healthy

    Analysts are announcing that the housing market hasn’t merely recovered. It’s actually healthy. Ah, how times have changed. Only three years ago, we were mired in the low point of the housing crash. And now we’re talking about health. It’s tough to believe the market has come so far in a short 36 months. Let’s revisit that time, shall we? July 2010: Bring Out the Paddles “Americans’ long infatuati…

  • Millennials in the Housing Market

    As a young adult, I often think about the day when I will start hunting for my own home. I think about what it will look like, all the adorable furniture I might decorate it with and how big it will be. I have never doubted that I will ever own a home. The thought of having my own home someday is something that comes without question, and this is true for many young adults as they think about their future. After m…

  • Walkability: A Step In The Right Direction For Your Listing

    "How big is the yard?” –1950’s-era home buyer “What coffee shops can I walk to?” –Modern home buyer Walkability has arguably never been hotter among potential buyers. And it’s not a surprising trend when you think about how we live. We’re getting married later, having smaller families and facing higher gas prices. The long-distance retreat with the big yard simply isn’t a necessity for today…

  • Housing Market Predictions Provide New Outlook for Homeowners

    2013 is more than halfway over, and the housing market is starting to show signs of strengthening. During the first half of the year, we saw rising home prices, tight home inventories and increased sales activity. New figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce state new home sales are up 38 percent since last year and hit a five-year high this June. According to several home pricing indexes, price appreciation h…

  • Two Simple Ways to Maximize Your Twitter Presence

    According to Twitter's official blog, “The quality of your content — how interesting, conversational and useful it is — ultimately determines how engaged your followers will be." But how do we know exactly how interesting, conversational and useful our content is? Engaging with people online is extremely important for gaining a presence in social media. Measuring the success of your content is even more impo…

  • Should Real Estate Agents Carry Weapons?

    Yep, we’re dipping our toes into the gun debate. How can we not? It’s tough to deny that real estate is a dangerous field. Real estate agents meet up with strangers in unfamiliar, confined locations on a regular basis. A self-defense strategy is an essential part of any real estate agent’s toolbox. But is a gun really the best way to protect yourself as a real estate agent? Let’s look at five factors ag…

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Real Estate is Back!

    The results of a recent survey of 2,430 real estate professionals on ActiveRain, a real estate social network, found overwhelming optimism that the U.S. housing market will improve in 2013. Survey respondents expressed confidence that every aspect of the U.S. real estate market - from home prices to new construction starts - will increase in the upcoming year. Real estate agents across most of the country believe the…