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Agents: Preparing For Objections

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 06:00
For most real estate sales, there are about a dozen objections that occur over 80% of the time. Commit to practice, role play, and perfect the response to those first.

Universal Design Accommodates Physical Diversity

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 06:00
Far beyond hold bars and wheel chair ramps, Universal Design uses a variety of techniques and features to remove barriers and make homes accessible for all.

Mortgage Rates Reverse After Refinancing Suffers

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 06:00
After more than a month of rates rising by a full percentage point, refinance activity fell by 29.5 percent for the month of June. Refinancing fell 15.6 percent last week alone.

Consistency is Key: How to Hit Your Recruiting Goals in ANY Market

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 06:00
Recruiting remains the #1 challenge for most brokers and managers. Sometimes it is easier to start out slow, and just do two or three things, but do them well. Here are a three tips that you can follow, which should make it easier to get the agents you want and stay on track with your recruiting.

Turn Your Home Into a Summer Dream Home For Buyers

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 06:00
Selling your home in the summertime can be a great opportunity to attract buyers. Having your home 'summer-ready' can increase the chances of it selling faster.

Agents: Understand The Rhythm of Your Work

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 06:00
We all have different needs and ways we use and invest our time. One of the most valuable personal discovery journeys is learning and knowing the rhythm of our work.

Mind Your Star Spangled Manners

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 06:00
Even Americans who regularly pledge allegiance by flying the flag at home aren't always practicing correct flag etiquette. Here's how to mind your star spangled manners.

Veterans Get More Financial Protection

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 06:00
The men and women in the military are protecting our country. However, while they are on active duty, they often have problems meeting certain financial obligations here at home, such as keeping current on their rent or mortgage obligations. In August of this year, President Obama signed a law that added greater protections to the existing laws affecting those military personnel who are now on active duty.

How to Appeal Your Property Tax

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 06:00
It is possible to appeal or otherwise protest property taxes; people typically undertake the process when they feel their taxes have been assessed at too high a rate. Most appeals are not successful - estimates state that only between 20% and 40% of appeals are accepted. However, well-researched cases increase one's chances of succeeding.

Ask The HOA Expert

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 06:00
Our Homeowner's Association Board recently announced plans to begin conducting business via email. Is email a legal method of conducting board business in lieu of holding formal meetings? Can committee business can be conducted via email?

National Home Prices To Rise 3% In 12 Months, California Leads With 13% Increase

Wed, 07/03/2013 - 06:00
Veros Real Estate Solutions' latest quarterly forecast says 90 percent of U.S. markets are expected to see home price appreciation. The rest will suffer declines.

Tree Wins Ontario Court Decision

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 06:01
In what's being called a 'landmark decision' by the winning lawyer, an Ontario court has ruled that trees with trunks that grow across private property lines cannot be cut down without the consent of both landowners.

Mindset Matters as We Head Into the Second Half of the Year

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 06:01
As we head into the second half of the year, consider taking a walk on that extra mile. It's an exciting road, I've got to say - and one that once you're on it - you don't ever want to get off. So what can you do EXTRA starting now that will take you further in the next six months?

California Association of REALTORS® Makes Licensee Discipline Information Available

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 06:01
CAR is not publishing this information for the purpose of feeding gossip mills. The rationale was rather that 'real estate professionals can more easily see what is likely to threaten their license and improve behavior.'

Financial Coaching Good For Homebuyers, Debt Reduction, Credit Scores

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 06:00
Financial coaching helped 97 percent of clients understand a credit report, 50 percent increase credit scores by 59 points and 55 percent reduce debt by $3,000.

Take Your Real Estate Research Mobile With PropertyShark's Property Reports

Mon, 07/01/2013 - 06:00
There's no doubt that, as a real estate agent, you need top quality, up-to-date property information. But you've probably discovered already that that's not all. Because you're constantly on the go, it's vital that the information be readily accessible from your smartphone or tablet. PropertyShark can assist you with both of these needs.

California Property Tax System Coming Under Fire

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 06:00
A recent California Appellate Court decision reminds us how different the state's property tax system is from other jurisdictions. In so doing it points to one of the sources of dissatisfaction with that system that many are expressing these days.

Home-Selling Strategy

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 06:00
As the real estate market is making its comeback, now is a good time to take a look at your strategy for selling your home.

Get The Facts, Stop Mosquito Attacks

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 06:00
It's mosquito season, but there's no telling how big it will get or how extensive a West Nile Virus outbreak could be. You only think you know how to keep mosquitos away from your home and loved ones. Some information you have may fall short of the precautions you really need.

Must See Custom Model Home On 2 Acres In Almont, MI

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 06:00
This custom built home was featured in the 1992 Horizon of Homes show. 'The Oakley' model combines traditional styling, the warmth of solid oak woodwork and oak trim with the modern flow of a spacious floor plan.
Home Inspections Performed in Lake County Illinois

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Home Inspections Performed in Cook County Illinois

Alsip - Arlington Heights - Barrington - Barrington Hills - Bartlett - Bedford Park - Bellwood - Bensenville - Berkeley - Bolingbrook - Bridgeview -Broadview - Brookfield - Buffalo Grove - Burnham - Burr Ridge - Calumet Park - Chicago - Chicago Ridge - Crestwood - Deer Park - Deerfield - Dixmoor - Dolton - East Dundee - East Hazel Crest - Elk Grove Village - Elmwood Park - Evergreen Park - Flossmoor - Ford Heights - Forest Park -    Forest View - Frankfort - Franklin Park - Glencoe - Glenview - Glenwood - Golf - Hanover Park - Harwood Heights - Hazel Crest - Hillside - Hinsdale - Hodgkins - Hoffman Estates - Hometown - Homewood - Indian Head Park - Inverness - Justice - Kenilworth - La Grange - La Grange Park - Lansing - Lemont - Lincolnwood - Lynwood - Lyons - Matteson - Maywood - McCook - Melrose Park - Merrionette Park - Midlothian - Morton Grove - Mount Prospect -  Niles - Norridge - North Riverside - Northbrook - Northfield - Oak Park - Olympia Fields - Orland Hills - Orland Park - Palatine - Palos Park - Park Forest - Phoenix - Posen - Prospect Heights - Richton Park
River Forest - River Grove - Riverdale - Riverside - Robbins - Roselle - Rosemont - Sauk Village - Schaumburg - Schiller Park - Skokie - South Barrington - South Chicago Heights - South Holland - Steger - Stickney - Stone Park - Streamwood
Summit - Thornton - Tinley Park - University Park - Westchester - Western Springs - Wheeling - Willow Springs - Wilmette
Winnetka - Woodridge - Worth