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OB Jacobi: Culture Makes the Difference

Although Windermere Real Estate President OB Jacobi officially received his real estate license in 1989, he’s been working at the Seattle-based firm since he was a kid. “My dad started the company in 1972 and he would have me and...

Setting the Stage: Markets in Midwest, South Take Top Billing in 2017

Markets in the Midwest and South will take top billing in 2017, setting the stage for a year of moderate home price growth, according to Clear Capital’s recently released Home Data Index (HDI) Market Report. Home prices on a national...

Who’s Living Paycheck to Paycheck—and Who Isn’t

Living paycheck to paycheck is a harsh reality for many Americans, whose expenses—including housing—sap any hope of disposable income. According to a recent study by GOBankingRates, the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle is most common in California, Hawaii and New York, and least...

Building and Maintaining Authentic Relationships

In the following interview, Chad and Hollie Sessions, broker/owners, Real Living The Real Estate Group in Camas, Wash., discuss their brand and the culture it supports. Region Served: Portland, Ore.; Vancouver and Longview, Wash. Years in Business: 5 Number of...

New Year, New Financial Resolutions with Help from Intuit

NAR PULSE—Get your 2017 business off on the right foot by making smart financial resolutions. Learn how QuickBooks® Self-Employed can help you get organized and achieve your business goals. NAR members enjoy exclusive savings through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. Learn...

Cost vs. Value: Which Home Improvements Offer the Highest ROI in 2017?

With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year…and that’s not a bad thing. The 29 projects found on this year’s report paid back an average of 64.3...

HomeServices of America, Inc. Acquires Houlihan Lawrence

HomeServices of America, Inc. has acquired Houlihan Lawrence, adding the firm’s 30 offices and 1,300 sales associates in the northern suburbs of New York City, the company announced on Tuesday. Houlihan Lawrence President and CEO Stephen Meyers and Managing Principal...

From Status Quo to Superstar: How Brokers Are Going ‘Beyond the Plateau’

From new business models to young-gun execs, the face of the real estate brokerage business is changing. While disruption and competition keeps everyone on their toes, how do long-time real estate firms stay relevant—and profitable—in these evolutionary times? This very...

Hopes High as Home Builders Encouraged by New Administration

Home builders have high hopes for the year ahead, anticipating a solid real estate market while being encouraged by the promises of a new administration. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) posted 67 this...

Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Makes a Real Estate Funny

Last Friday the 13th truly lived up to the misfortune hype with the Netflix release of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The sequence of misfortunes, narrated by Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton), begins with Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire (Malina Weissman, Louis...
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