Guiding First Time Home Buyers as a Real Estate Professional

Helping first-time buyers navigate the complexities of purchasing the perfect home is one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a real estate professional.  You are your client’s most precious resource when it comes to sourcing listings, exploring their various financing options, and negotiating the best deal. Your local expertise and market knowledge will … Read More

How to Help Your Real Estate Clients Get the Best Deal

The best way to attract and retain clients is by delivering consistent value. People love getting a great deal, whether they’re buying or selling, and they adore telling their friends and family about it.  Top real estate agents also feel a responsibility toward their clients. They’re dedicated to helping them discover the perfect property, … Read More

New Years Resolutions for Real Estate Professionals

The start of a new year represents hope, opportunity, and the chance to reaffirm your goals. Almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and they can be a great way to stay motivated and focused on achieving your dreams.  For real estate professionals, setting specific business-oriented objectives for 2023 will set you on … Read More

2023 Real Estate Market Outlook

While some pundits are all doom and gloom about what the coming year holds for the national real estate industry, the outlook for Chicagoland, Wisconsin, and the Midwest, in general, is much sunnier.  As the Fed continues to raise interest rates hoping to stanch inflation, “smart buyers will take advantage of weakening prices as … Read More

Cutting Edge Business Development Strategies for Real Estate Agents

One of the most exhilarating aspects of becoming a real estate professional is how the industry is constantly evolving. Previous conventional wisdom on the most effective ways to generate leads becomes obsolete as technology regularly offers new channels for extending your reach. While certain approaches such as open houses, networking events, and a good … Read More

How Real Estate Agents Can Prevent Title Insurance Hiccups

Experienced real estate agents know that the homebuying process can be overwhelming for their clients, especially if it’s their first time.  They can become frustrated and confused with endless documentation requirements, unexpected closing costs, and unfamiliar concepts like title insurance.  As the main advisor to prospective homeowners, you are in the perfect position to … Read More

The Benefits of 1031 Exchanges

On a recent episode of our People, Not Titles podcast, host Stephen Kaempf talks with Anna Barsky, VP of IPX1031’s bustling Chicago office and an expert in 1031 exchange rules and regulations.  She’s been working in this industry for over 15 years and was the main presenter of Landtrust’s 1031 Exchange Webinar for Real … Read More

How to Protect Yourself from Title Theft

In the current financial environment, with prices for basic goods and services skyrocketing, it’s no surprise that con artists and thieves are becoming bolder. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, there’s been a steady rise in real estate-related crimes such as title theft, fake rental listings, and wire fraud. Many people have … Read More

Business Planning for the New Year: A Guide for Real Estate Professionals

The real estate industry is particularly volatile right now, and while 2023 forecasts are already starting to roll in, no one can truly predict what the future will hold.  Inventory is still tight in the Chicagoland area and much of Wisconsin, but some experts feel the market will shift more in favor of home … Read More

6 Ways to Help Clients Navigate Emotional Real Estate Decisions

For many, buying or selling a home is an enormous financial move that also carries a lot of emotional weight, so it’s not surprising that people can act irrationally and make decisions that go against their best interests. As a real estate professional, you’re perfectly placed to guide your clients through this exciting and … Read More

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