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Tech That Drove You Forward in 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

It can be tough to keep up on the latest innovations, so before this year comes to a close, make sure you fully understand what pushed real estate...

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Controversy in Commercial Real Estate in 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

From service animals to short-term rentals and landlord policies on marijuana use, commercial real estate was not without its...

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Contract Signings Post First Gains Since June

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Will the uptick last? Read more from NAR’s latest housing report. 

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Brokers Get Creative With Their Closing Gifts

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Forget the bottle of champagne—some real estate pros say they want to give a gift that is more personal and memorable. 

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Are Hardwood Floors Expected Nowadays?

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Carpet may prompt some buyers to even bypass a property, some real estate professionals say. 

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Where Renters Are Feeling Rich

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Renters in these cities tend to end the holiday season with the most money still in the bank. Maybe they’ll use it to buy a home. 

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Protect a Home’s Pipes From the Cold

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 27, 2017 - 12:00am

Cold weather can put your home’s pipes at risk of exploding. Take precautions. 

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Ask the Expert: How Can I Guide Clients Through the Home Inspection Process?

RisMedia - December 25, 2017 - 3:01pm

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspection Service.

Q: What can be done to guide clients through the home inspection process?

A: After being in business for 25 years and performing over a million inspections, HomeTeam Inspection Service has identified the top ways to ensure a smoother home inspection, contributing to happier clients and a better outcome.

Make It Convenient
The home inspection process—from scheduling to report delivery—should be convenient for everyone involved. Online scheduling, text messaging and electronic delivery of reports make convenience possible when it comes to the home inspection. If a home inspection company isn’t providing this, clients are missing out on the best possible experience.

Don’t Keep Them Waiting
Ten years ago, it was commonplace to wait five days or more for a home inspection, but today, consumers want it now. Plus, consumers are busier than ever today. They not only want a home inspection that can be performed soon, but also one that can be performed in half the time of the traditional three- to -four-hour inspection. That’s a large part of what makes HomeTeam successful. Our team approach allows for a faster inspection and more appointment slots each day.

Give Them Options
Clients only want to pay for services they need. While most home inspection companies offer a wide range of services, client needs vary, and the leading home inspection companies allow clients to schedule individual services like pest, mold and radon.

Ensure It’s Educational
A home inspector will not give a pass/fail grade on a home, but will give an objective assessment on the condition of the home during the inspection. Educating the client on their new home and how to maintain it is a sign of a professional inspector. Communicating information in a non-alarming manner is critical to helping clients absorb information and make prudent decisions. An inspector that’s accessible to answer questions onsite and after the inspection instills peace of mind in clients and makes them more confident in their purchase decision.

Deliver Accurate Reporting
In addition to a verbal report that the client receives onsite, the most professional inspection companies will furnish a narrative, electronic report that’s emailed to the client and agent. A narrative-style report is more detailed than a checklist-style report, putting forth a clearer picture of the home with less room for interpretation. Including photos and a summary helps the client easily identify any safety concerns or areas that warrant attention.

For more information, please visit www.hometeam.com.

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Smart and Safe Wintertime Yardwork Habits

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 22, 2017 - 12:00am

From protecting your pets to trimming trees, these practices will benefit your snow-covered yard this season. 

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How Politics and Business Clashed in 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 22, 2017 - 12:00am

The extremely partisan political climate in 2017 introduced some communication challenges when working with clients.

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How Brokers Reimagined Their Firms in 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 22, 2017 - 12:00am

These five articles provided brokers with the most useful tools for supporting agents and working more efficiently in 2017.

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Get in the Mindset of a Growth Marketer

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 22, 2017 - 12:00am

When it comes to real estate marketing, it pays to think ahead and target prospects with well-constructed marketing collateral.

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5 Ways to Provide Better Service in 2018

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 22, 2017 - 12:00am

Make repeat business and referrals your bread and butter. Up your customer service game in 2018 to more lifelong clients.

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7 Tips for Brightening a Home This Winter

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 21, 2017 - 12:00am

Don’t let the cold dreary months make your listing’s interiors feel drab, too. 

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Take Advantage of Year-End Car Savings

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 21, 2017 - 12:00am

In addition to automakers’ Big Finish discount events, REALTORS® are eligible for exclusive savings on the purchase or lease of select...

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FHFA Seeks Input on Credit Score Changes

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 21, 2017 - 12:00am

The Federal Housing Finance Agency is asking for input on a possible change from FICO to another scoring model on mortgage applications. 

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NAR: Homes Selling Faster Than Ever

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 21, 2017 - 12:00am

Tight inventories and a lack of construction have helped homes sell faster in recent years, NAR notes.

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Mortgage Rates Up Slightly This Week

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 21, 2017 - 12:00am

As 2017 nears its end, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage still remains below 4 percent, offering historically low rates.

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Tax Bill Passes; Tough Work Still Ahead

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 20, 2017 - 12:00am

Though the bill will likely be signed by the president before Christmas, the National Association of REALTORS® isn’t ending its fight...

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The Dumbest Passwords of 2017

NAR Daily News Magazine - December 20, 2017 - 12:00am

Change your password immediately if one of these looks familiar. 

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