Supreme Court rules in favor of property rights over EPA

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The U.S. Supreme Court sided with landowners against the Environmental Protection Agency in a case involving wetlands regulations.

It unanimously ruled Wednesday that Mike and Chantell Sackett have the right to challenge an EPA decision that their lot near an Idaho lake was a wetland subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. The couple had filled part of their lot with dirt and rock in order to build a house there. The EPA ordered them to stop construction and restore the land to its original condition. Read More.

5 best ways to market your listings to other agents

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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When most agents think of marketing, they either think of the Web or marketing directly to the consumer. Have you ever thought about the importance of marketing your listings to other agents?

While the numbers will vary for each agent, it’s probably safe to say that at least 95 percent of all resales are closed with a cooperating broker. Consequently, if you’re just marketing to the general public, there’s no better time to revisit some of the more traditional real estate marketing strategies that involve consciously marketing to other agents. Read More.

KAR helping with disaster relief

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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The REALTOR® Relief Foundation has efforts underway to help with the disasters that occurred in over 46 counties in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Association of REALTORS® has partnered with the national REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) to bring housing assistance to those affected by the recent storms that tore through the Commonwealth.

There are two parts to the relief efforts. The first is donating to help those who have been affected by the storms and the second is to have those affected apply to receive financial help. We need our members, and others, to help with both. Donations are accepted online and the help offered is detailed on the website. Read More.

Home building permits near 3.5-year high

March 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Permits for homebuilding neared a 3.5-year high in February, suggesting a budding recovery in the housing market was still on track even though groundbreaking activity slipped.

New building permits surged 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 717,000 units last month, the highest since October 2008, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday. Read More.

Webinar: Cost vs. Value

March 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 3 p.m. EST
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Each year, REALTORS® from more than 80 U.S. metro areas provide input into Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, which provides an analysis of the financial returns of various home improvement projects. You can get the highlights of this year’s report, as well as an analysis of which projects provide the best payoff, in this free REALTOR® Magazine webinar, sponsored by Lowe’s, a REALTOR Benefits® Program partner.

This event will also cover:

•Which projects are rising and falling in value.
•Strategies and tactics for targeting one of the fastest-growing niches in real estate — investors.
•Regional breakdowns of the Cost vs. Value data.
•Simple, low-cost approaches to home improvement.

Using video to attract more clients

March 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Video is becoming even more relevant in our technology dependant culture. This translates directly to how we do our business as REALTORS.

We’ve all seen videos on You Tube or Facebook. Statistics released from You Tube in June say that three billion videos are watched on You Tube alone each day. Overall, nearly 85 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience watches videos online, according to a May 2010 report from comScore Inc., which tracks video viewership.

It’s no wonder video has hit real estate in a big way — the audience online for videos is too big to ignore. Search for real estate videos on YouTube and you’ll find almost 300,000 videos available. Read More.

Tips to better real estate photography

March 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Whether you’re an amateur real estate photographer, a REALTOR®, or a homeowner who wants to try shooting your own listing pictures, Dave Rezendes, honored as the “Top Real Estate Photographer” by the Photography for Real Estate organization, has a few tips for getting the best photographs of a home (and to ensure that your photos don’t end up like these train wrecks). Read More.

Webinar: Before you move to the cloud

March 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Date: Tuesday, March 20th
Time: 12 noon EST 
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The presentation aims to help businesses and organizations of all sizes and industries understand what they should consider before moving to the cloud.

The description: According to the information Cloud computing has seen rapid adoption, and many executives and IT managers understand the concept, but there are still organizations that want to better understand common cloud trends and what major business considerations should be weighed before making the migration.

Who do you work for?

March 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Most real estate brokers and sales agents who work for a brokerage firm are classified as independent contractors. And rightly so. They are paid – via commission splits – on the basis of the results of their work, not on the time or manner of their work. They are expected to operate within the bounds of the law and, if they are Realtors®, the Realtor® Code of Ethics. But, for the most part, the manner in which they conduct their business is up to them. Read More.

Survey shows consumers want green homes

March 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Despite historic problems plaguing the U.S. housing market such as tumbling values, record foreclosures and tight credit for buyers, a new Yahoo! Real Estate survey of current and aspiring homeowners indicates that owning a home is still a major part of the American dream.

But, unlike bullish years gone by, the so-called American dream home isn’t a supersized McMansion – it is a “green,” energy-efficient home built with “sustainable” materials that yield a lower carbon footprint. Or, more often, it is a home remodeled with energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly home products. Read More.

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