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Split Decision: The Who, When and Why of Commission Negotiations

How much are you worth to your brokerage, as an agent? As a broker, how much are your agents worth to you? Beyond the very important, but less quantifiable aspects of this calculation—culture, branding and networking—there are the hard numbers behind compensation. How much money goes back into your pocket (as an agent), and how…

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DOJ Reaches Settlement With Facebook Parent Over Alleged Fair Housing Violation

A lawsuit claiming that Facebook’s parent company allegedly violated federal housing law appears to be nearing its close as the tech giant has agreed to change its advertising system per a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ announced on June 21 that it reached a settlement agreement with Meta Platforms…

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7 Common Questions Clients Have Before Selling Their Home

Between the complexities of the real estate market and the changeable landscape of financing and property value, your clients likely have an abundance of questions regarding the sale of their homes. We took a poll of some sellers and found the following questions to be the most frequent. We’ve also re-capped some common answers from…

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How Pre-Listing Home Inspections Benefit You and Your Clients

A pre-listing home inspection is an excellent way to get ahead of the game in this or any other market, and our home inspectors encourage sellers because they put them in a strong position. Even in today’s hot market, it makes sense for a seller to do a pre-listing home inspection, especially in light of…

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Home Improvement Redefined

After only a few weeks since the team at Lyon Real Estate cemented a relationship with Curbio, it’s safe to say that the partnership is off to a fantastic start, with several projects underway. The firm’s CEO, Pat Shea, and Vice President of Marketing, Cathy Harrington, are pleased with the decision to bring Curbio on…

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Investing in Yourself and Your Business

Celebrating her sixth year in the real estate industry, Kathy McDermott—a former interior designer—understands the importance of investing in both herself and her business. “It didn’t take me long to realize that I could find success as a real estate professional, but I needed to get some systems in place,” says McDermott, who decided that…

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House Flipping Rates and Profits Aren’t Keeping Up With Each Other

Greater frequency of sales doesn’t always bring greater profit. According to a recent report by ATTOM Data, house-flipping across the U.S. during Q1 2022 accounts for 9.6% of home sales, the highest percentage since 2000. This marks a 4.9% increase in sale volume from Q1 2021 and the fifth quarterly increase in a row. Nationwide,…

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Break a Leg: How Acting Techniques Can Enhance Your Pitch

Your pitch to a potential new client needs to be something both practiced and natural, personal and professional, flexible but firm. Ask 100 coaches or other agents what your script should sound like and you will get 100 different answers, because in many ways a pitch is more art than science and has a lot…

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Thoughts on Leadership: Beyond the Good or Great

Last week, we talked about ideas for leading through shifts in the marketplace (read the post here) and this week, let’s talk about the mindset you need to not just survive but also thrive in a market and economic environment that’s more challenging than it was a few months ago. If you look up adjectives…

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One-of-a-Kind Houston Penthouse Sells for $6.9 Million

Property Highlights: Where: Houston, Texas Sold For: $6.9 million Features: 9,500-square-foot penthouse with six bedrooms and six bathrooms Added Appeal: 600-bottle, climate-controlled wine room, expansive outdoor space with private pool, movie theater, golf simulator, Himalayan sauna and steam room Perched atop the Astoria in Houston is a full-floor residence with all the bells and whistles…

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