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4 Money-Saving Non-Essentials for Buyer Clients Unnerved by Rising Mortgage Rates

The last thing you want as a buyer agent after signing a client who is excited to purchase a home is for them to get depressed by elevated mortgage rates and decide to put their search on hold. While nothing changes the numbers, what you can (and should) do is have ideas and recommendations for…

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Thoughts on Leadership: Practical Tools for Transformational Leadership

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, I feel compelled to share my insights on transformational leadership because, now more than ever, effective leadership is critical for inspiring teams and driving sustainable success. As leaders, we are continuously navigating through the ups and downs of organizational life, tackling challenges like unmet goals, legal issues and low…

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Anywhere Celebrates Ninth Graduating Class of ASCEND Program for Future Leaders

Anywhere Real Estate Inc. has announced it has celebrated the ninth graduating class of ASCEND: The Executive Leadership Experience. The graduates included 37 real estate leaders, including broker/owners from across the company’s brands. Anywhere offers the ASCEND program to its brand-affiliated broker/owners and rising senior-level leaders of large, multi-office franchisees and distinguished individuals from its…

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Texas @properties Christie’s International Real Estate Affiliate Expands

Above, Mike Hoover. Texas real estate brokerage @properties Lone Star Christie’s International Real Estate has announced it is expanding into Fort Worth, bringing on former Monument and Sotheby’s office leader Michael Hoover as regional vice president to run brokerage operations for the new office. This will mark the third office in the Metroplex for the…

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Mortgage Applications Down in High-Rate Environment

After a couple of weeks of increases, mortgage applications fell 2.7% from last week’s increase of 3.3%, according to the latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) for the week ending April 19, 2024.  This week’s numbers: The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 2.7% on…

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FTC Votes to Ban Employee Noncompete Clauses

On Tuesday, April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to ban noncompete clauses—language in employment contracts that prevents departed employees from working for competitors after a set period of time.  The ruling not only bans new noncompete clauses from being signed, but would void existing ones—however, there is an exception to noncompete clauses…

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Power Brokers, One-on-One: Part 1

Editor’s Note: The Top 1,000 brokerage firms for the 2024 Power Broker Report ranked by sales volume and transactions are available to Premier members here. The Power Broker interviews interviews feature heads and leaders within some of the top brokerages of the list sharing their insights for success in real estate. Check back soon for…

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Legacy Portals Will Be “Stressed” by NAR Settlement, CoStar CEO Claims

Pushing forward with his own unique take on portal monetization, CoStar CEO Andy Florance said on a recent earnings call he believes incumbents like Zillow, realtor.com® and Redfin are facing major headwinds from changes agreed to by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as part of a recent lawsuit settlement. “With recent seismic legal settlements…

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@properties and Realty ONE Group Settle Commission Lawsuits

The parent company of @properties and Christie’s International Real Estate today became the latest brokerage to settle seller commission lawsuits, according to court filings, and also the first independent to do so. At the same time, Realty ONE Group indicated it had reached an agreement to end litigation by sellers. The @properties and Christie’s International…

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Percy.AI Appoints Lisa Larson as Chief Strategy Officer

Percy.ai—a leader in data intelligence and fintech marketing for the real estate and mortgage sectors—has announced the appointment of Lisa Larson as its new Chief Strategy Officer. With over two decades of expertise in real estate property technology across North America, Larson will spearhead the development of AI and Machine Learning strategies and manage the…

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