A little competition is a good thing, right? Learn why awareness of antitrust issues is important for real estate professionals, along with information on avoiding antitrust problems. This field guide provides guidance for brokers and associations, articles, and books about this essential legal issue and updates on the Department of Justice case against NAR.
Being a New REALTOR®
New to the real estate business? This Field Guide can help you get on the road to success with tips, ideas, and helpful advice. Learn what other rookies have done to jump-start their careers, find first clients, overcome objections, and discover negotiation strategies.
Effectively reaching your customers and prospecting clients is essential for a successful real estate career. This guide provides tips to ensure your direct mail campaign competes against the mailers of top-producing agents and delivers an effective, targeted message.
Facebook for REALTORS®
With over 955 million members worldwide, Facebook is the social network today. It’s also an ever-changing, evolving time-suck. Rule number one for Facebook—or any other social network for that matter—is to assume all the privacy shields you have created will fail and your whole profile will be visible to everyone. And with the new Timeline view, posts you thought were safely buried in the past can be front and center. But beyond the basics, how are REALTORS® using Facebook in their business? This updated field guide goes over the basics, reviews current security settings, and explores how REALTORS® are using the social network to build their brand.
Escrow Accounts/Earnest Money
Escrow accounts are funds that a lender collects to pay the monthly mortgage insurance premiums, homeowners insurance policy premiums and yearly property taxes. Earnest money, on the other hand, is a good faith sum of money given to bind a contract, for example an agreement to purchase real property or a commitment fee to assure an advance of funds by a lender. This Field Guide will provide you with details on escrow accounts (from the basics to escrow administration) and earnest money as well as information on escrow fraud. You’ll also uncover a variety of case summaries on escrow mishandling, in addition to the numerous digital resources available from the Library’s eBooks collection and related Field Guides.
Military Base Closings
With another round of military base closings possibly slated for 2013, we examine the pros and cons of these closings and the effect on real estate and the communities surrounding them.
In today’s hectic and high-powered world of real estate, you may feel that there are not enough hours in the day to get the job done. That’s where the personal assistant can be of use. But how do you hire a real estate assistant? What job duties can they perform? The following articles, books, and audio-visual materials may help to clarify some of these issues for you.
REALTORS® and the Global Marketplace
Many successful real estate professionals have discovered the benefits and values of the world of international real estate. If you are thinking about going global or have already ventured into this arena, this field guide will provide you with tips for locating and working with international clients, etiquette, cross-cultural business guides and international networking opportunities. You will also discover an assortment of international real estate information sources, including a wealth of worldly resources from the REALTOR® organization. Plus, the international eBooks available in the Virtual Library at realtor.org are definitely a must-read!
Reducing Spam E-Mail
Unwanted, unsolicited e-mail is a frustrating problem for almost everyone who uses the Internet. Spam e-mail clutters inboxes, slows down Web servers, and costs time and money to manage. Find out more about what spam is, how to reduce the amount of spam you receive and how to keep from sending it yourself with the articles, Web sites, and other resources on this page.
A real estate closing is a complicated process that can be managed smoothly for all involved. Find out the best ways to organize a trouble-free closing, tips for REALTORS® and homebuyers, and much more in the books, videos and articles.
Solar & Renewable Energy Features & Tax Credits
As energy prices continue to rise, solar and other renewable sources are becoming more affordable options for not only large utility-grade users, but also consumers. States help make the switch even more affordable with tax credits and other benefits currently on tap through at least 2016. This new field guide explores the basics of solar energy, how to get in the game, as well as current credits available both from federal and local authorities.
Wind Farms and their Effect on Property Values
As wind farms spread, local opposition to the massive towers (some over 400 ft. tall) is appearing and is beginning to impact state regulation. Residents not only oppose the turbines for aesthetic reasons, they also worry how wind farms will impact property values. This field guide explores the current state of the industry, examines real-estate-related research and its critics, provides wind maps and regulations to give an indication of where future projects might unfold, and gives resources, both critical and supportive, for further study.
Zoning Laws & Ordinances
Zoning laws are found in virtually every municipality in the United States, affecting land use, lot size, building heights, density, setbacks, and other aspects of property use. This field guide features links to articles, books, and websites that will provide you with information on the concept of zoning, zoning’s impacts on property values, and related topics.