The 2023 Network of the Year Award Winners are In

Nicole Slaughter Graham NAR Annual Conference and Expo, Young Pros in the Spotlight Leave a Comment

By: Nicole Slaughter Graham The 2023 NAR NXT conference, held in Anaheim, Calif., boasted (mostly) beautiful weather and amassed over 12,000 attendees. YPN showed up strong, as expected, boasting gains in membership, new networks and visits from the Advisory Board to state and local networks across the country. This year’s Network of the Year winners put in tremendous work, providing …

Need Help? Bring an Advisory Board Member to Your YPN

Nicole Slaughter Graham NAR Annual Conference and Expo, YPN Chapters, YPN Events, YPN groups Leave a Comment

By: Nicole Slaughter Graham YPN’s trajectory continues with forward momentum gained in 2023 despite a challenging market and industry unknowns. At this year’s NAR NXT conference in Anaheim, Calif., the advisory board reported growth in the number of members and networks, as well as increased engagement in advocacy. The board reported 14 new networks established and seven networks that had …

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How Mortgage Brokers Help Real Estate Agents Win

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By: Want to strengthen your professional relationships, expand your referral network and get to the closing table faster so you can get paid sooner? As a new real estate professional, you can set yourself up for early success by partnering with an independent mortgage broker in your area. Here’s how they can help you win more clients: Quicker Turn-Around …

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3 Surprises That Still Influence Housing (Un)Affordability

Lee Davenport, Ph.D Fair Housing Leave a Comment

By: Lee Davenport, PhD In many parts of the nation, unaffordability is bringing the housing market to a stalemate. As real estate pros, we may not be able to directly alter interest rates (outside of our lobbying efforts) but we can impact how much money people have in their pockets in order to have the financial wherewithal to buy, sell …

How to Build Your Real Estate Brand

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By: Robert Gideon Building a successful real estate brand isn’t just a step; it’s your key to unlocking doors, literally and figuratively. In this guide, we’ll provide a step-by-step approach for establishing your brand while emphasizing the importance of nurturing relationships and using a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Define Your Brand Identity Let’s kickstart your journey with the basics …

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A Primer on the NAR Spire Program and How it Helps Your Business

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By: Ahmed Islam It’s well-known that most new real estate agents don’t make it past the 5-year mark in the business. To the outside world, real estate seems like an easy job, but any professional in the business knows otherwise. One of the top ways for new agents to succeed is by learning from someone who’s been in the business …

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Finding Your Niche in Residential Real Estate: A Guide for New Agents

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By: Robert Gideon You’ve earned your license. You’ve sent out handwritten notes. You’ve got your CRM of choice operational and you’ve gleefully stumbled through your first few transactions. Now what? Now, it’s crucial to find your niche so you can stand out in this competitive industry. There are several niches in the residential space. You could choose one by determining …

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What You Need to Know About Condo Sales

Marcelo Steinmander Buyers, Condominiums 2 Comments

By: Marcelo Steinmander Contrary to what you might think or have been told (or read somewhere), buying a condominium unit is not complicated. If done right, the transaction should feel similar to buying other residential real estate. True, there are specifics to take into consideration with condos that should not be ignored, but none of them should make the process …

YPN Events Series: RISE YPN Game Night Brings Low-Stakes, Fun-Filled Networking to the Forefront

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By: Nicole Slaughter Graham When Lydia Hedrick was chosen as Chair of RISE YPN, Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of REALTORS (OKCMAR) chapter in 2022, she had a vision that included a regular events schedule so that YPN members could network and learn on a consistent basis. “We had events before that, but they were more sporadic,” she said. So, she …

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Land Back: The Role Real Estate Pros Play in the Movement

Lee Davenport, Ph.D Fair Housing, Land Use & Property Rights, Working with Clients Leave a Comment

By: Lee Davenport, Ph.D Are you working with clients who might have family land that they don’t remember? What about in your own family? You may be. For example, if your clients have formerly enslaved ancestors, they might have rights to land that they don’t know about. Let’s start with a little primer on the Land Back (or LandBack) Movement. …