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Realtors hoping to be able to fly drones soon

Rules still being finalized by FAA for NAR UAVs
Trey Garrison
There will be a time when Realtors can legally fly an unmanned aerial system, or drone, around property listings to capture images for marketing purposes, but that time has not yet arrived, at least not completely. Read on and prepare for takeoff.
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3 ways homebuyers can win bidding wars

You need more than a cover letter
Brena Swanson
After a recent article generated a lot of buzz on how buyers are winning bidding wars, the biggest takeaway from the comments: everyone and everywhere is different. So here are three different tactics a real estate agent uses that go beyond the standard letter.
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How much does a Realtor spend on technology?

The price tag to stay competitive
Brena Swanson
Spring is the busy season for Realtors across the nation. So how much does the average Realtor spend on technology in order to stay competitive in this tight real estate market?
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: FHFA g-fee, PMI shift too much or too little?

Clouds on housing finance horizon; Zillow/Move fight gets personal
Trey Garrison
Things are looking rough for housing with a sluggish start to the spring buying season, and that trickles all the way up to the outlook for agency MBS. Plus, Move takes off the gloves in its ads, and the industry reacts to recent FHFA moves. Read on.
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Realtors urged to take safety beyond their smartphones

Apps are nice, but not the only option
Brena Swanson
When in danger, most people turn to this one device to stay safe. The only problem is that it can easily be turned into a weapon against you. So how much are you relying on your cell phone for safety when showing houses?
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Here are the top 20 for-sale-by-owner markets

Realtors? They don’t need ‘em
Ben Lane
Some of the nation’s most expensive markets are also the ones where homeowners are choosing to eschew the traditional methods of real estate and sell their homes without the help of a Realtor, real estate agent or broker.
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Uh-oh: Most millennials don’t know about closing costs

The generation is hardly alone on this
Trey Garrison
The story about millennials not forming households and getting into homebuying is ancient history. But that doesn't change the fact the generation remains tech savvy but knowledge poor, at least in terms of mortgage costs.
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Question to Realtors: Do you have what it takes to pull the trigger?

That's meant both figuratively and literally
Trey Garrison
Dear real estate agents: You can't delegate one of the most basic functions of your life, and you really shouldn't halfway it either. Self-defense isn't something to just dabble in.
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Armed Realtor freezes during sexual assault

But she is not giving up the fight
Brena Swanson
A real estate agent from the suburbs of Phoenix was attacked and groped during an open house on March 12 after the suspect walked in and claimed to be a prospective homebuyer. Now she is fighting back to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else.
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Chicago Association of Realtors drops defamation lawsuit against member

Lawsuit stemmed from Facebook post
Ben Lane
A defamation lawsuit brought by the Chicago Association of Realtors against one of its own members is now over, after the parties agreed to drop the suit. It all started with a Facebook post.
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