Keller Williams, once again, has the most top producing brokerages on the REAL Trends 500, according to the annual ranking and reporting published by REAL Trends, Inc. Ranked by transaction sides, 174 Keller Williams brokerages appeared on the REAL Trends 500, representing 34.8 percent of the top 500 brokerages for 2018. The company significantly outpaced all other single real estate brands in terms of numbers of top-performing brokerages ranked. The 174 Keller Williams brokerages handled … [Read more...] about KELLER WILLIAMS DOMINATES THE REAL TRENDS 500
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At the end of 2017, the United States underwent the largest tax law overhaul in more than 30 years. The new law, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), is effective from 2018 - 2025 and makes several changes to oft-used tax deductions. If you own a home or are in the process of buying or selling, here are the key points you need to know. ITEMIZE OR STANDARD DEDUCTION? One of the biggest changes is in the area of standard deductions and itemizations. The TCJA has suspended the personal … [Read more...] about TAX DEDUCTIONS AND HOMEOWNERSHIP
There is an almost unimaginable amount of data generated every second. Stop for a minute and think about the number of online interactions you’ve had over the past 24 hours, for example. Did you go to the doctor? Information was exchanged electronically. Did you make a purchase on Amazon? Another exchange of information about your preferences and behaviors. Did your clients sign the contract? Congratulations are in order, and, you and your clients just participated in another exchange of … [Read more...] about EXHAUST TO FUEL: TRANSFORMING DATA INTO A COMPETITIVE EDGE
I would bet that at some point in your career, you’ve questioned whether or not you should build a team. Maybe you’ve already embarked on your journey. Maybe you’re working three transactions to many and are thinking, “At what point do I get help? And is help really all I want, or could I grow this hustle into something bigger?” Welcome to the conversation ambitious solo agents and team owners have in our heads. You’re one of us! My journey started in 2012. I made the bold decision to quit … [Read more...] about THE PROS AND CONS OF BUILDING A REAL ESTATE TEAM … ARE YOU REALLY READY?
Tax season is here! For busy real estate agents who manage their own finances, it can be hard to find time (and energy) to get expenses in order. If this is you, do not push these tasks to the bottom of your priority list. Setting aside time now can save you thousands of dollars in the near future. To help kick-start your preparations, we’ve outlined several tax deductions that you should not overlook. From commissions paid to home office expenses, there are several activities that could reduce … [Read more...] about TAX DEDUCTIONS: WHAT EVERY REAL ESTATE AGENT SHOULD KNOW
Homeownership may be easier to accomplish for first-time buyers this year. Only 32 percent of millennials owned a home in 2015, according to a 2018 Millennial Homeownership Report from the Urban Institute. However, that might change in 2019. While interest rates are rising, housing prices are expected to stabilize, offering additional affordable options to first-time homebuyers. Plus, mortgage lenders are experimenting with new ways to check creditworthiness and streamline the … [Read more...] about Will 2019 Be The Year of the Millennial Homebuyer?