Why Professional Development is Paramount

Every profession today embraces the concept of “lifelong learning,” but none more so than the real estate industry, and for good reason. Changes in regulations, technology, best practices, markets and so much more require successful REALTORS® to be always on top of their games. Top producing REALTORS® recognize that earning certifications from the National Association…

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New Flood Insurance Ratings Consider Risk Factors of Individual Properties

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk Rating Home buyers already are experiencing changes in the National Flood Insurance Protection (NFIP) program’s new rating methodology that went into effect for new policies on October 1, 2021. Understanding the changes can help agents expertly guide clients purchasing properties in or near Florida flood zones. The NFIP rating…

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Automating the Home

By Jennifer Lalji The Biggest Contributors to Spending in 2020 As various industries ranging from travel and lodging, entertainment, automotive and nonessential retail, took a hard nosedive amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, other sectors saw a significant rise. From healthcare and pharmaceuticals to consumer products – yes, we’re talking about the infamous toilet paper craze and…

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Incorporating Home Renovations into the “New Normal” of Homeownership: Remodeling Home Projects

By: Darlene Davenport, 2020 GTR President COVID-19 continues to reshape our lives, changing our daily routines and mandating precautionary measures that involve staying in our homes as often as we can. With people spending more time at home than ever before, home improvement projects are increasingly becoming top of mind for homeowners. Remodeling home projects…

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In 2021, Focus on a Personal Touch

By: Tracy Wisneski Tracy Wisneski is a REALTOR with RE/MAX Champions and a social/digital media strategist. Personal touches have always been part of real estate, but sometimes fall to the wayside with sales goals, digital marketing, increased competition and a host of other distractions in our industry. With all the challenges we’ve faced in 2020,…

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Real Estate Post Quarantine

By Tracy Wisneski As Safer-at-Home orders are lifted and we embark on a new normal, what are some changes we may anticipate and how can we prepare for them? First Time Home Buyer Advantages First time home buyers who’ve remained employed may possibly be the biggest winners post-quarantine. Many were struggling with a glut of…

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Features Buyers Seek in Condos: New HUD Rule Makes Condominium Purchasing Easier

In August, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the long-awaited final rule on project approval for single-family condominiums insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The new condominium policy will “reduce regulatory barriers that currently restrict affordable homeownership opportunities,” according to HUD’s website. The new rule: Introduces a new single-unit approval…

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