Category Archives: Business Planning

Those Spring Weather Patterns Have Appeared

Each December various industry thought leaders issue their predictions with respect to what is in store for the industry over the next year. Generally speaking only about 47% of these predictions end up being even close to true. A much safer bet for the predictor is to wait until March, see what is actually in […]

If Your Firm Has A Story, Now Is the Time to Tell It

One of the most amazing business events of 2015 took place in Orlando, Florida in mid-October when over 2,500 of the most creative minds and imaginations in North American commerce gathered to conduct the annual Association of National Advertisers Masters of Marketing Conference. The meeting was alive with new ideas, old relationships and new challenges. […]

What Is The Deal With the Millennials?

Brokerages are currently being challenged in their efforts to capture a commanding share of what some in the industry are trying hard to classify as a “Millennial land rush.” The fact of the matter may be that the current situation may not constitute a land rush at all but rather a generation playing out its […]

The Fine Art of Due Diligence

On June 24th of this year the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a two-month extension of the effective date of its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage rules. The proposal, if approved by the agency’s internal processes, will extent the effective date of the rules to Saturday, October 3rd. The rules, also known as the […]

Experiencing the Real Estate Master’s Event

The “Master’s” golf tournament held each year in early April is, without doubt, the premier golfing event of the year. Its legacy and traditions in many ways define the very game of golf. The American residential real estate industry also sponsors a defining “Master’s” level event. It is known as the “Gathering of Eagles” (Sometimes […]

What’s in a Portmanteau?

It has been 90 days or so since Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries of the Zillow Group released their book; Zillow Talk. Published by Grand Central Publishing, the volume carries the subtitle The New Rules of Real Estate. One cannot help but observe that there has been a lack of buzz and discussion across the […]

Warren Buffet is a Great Read

The explosive developments within the American real estate industry over the past several years have produced remarkable opportunities, some significant threats, exciting new directions, astounding knowledge, and some really impressive insights. These developments have been brought into the industry by some remarkably competent minds that have, to our everlasting benefit, undertaken to share their experiences, […]

Your Business Plan Should Be A Strategic Spring Board, Not a Dynamic Anchor

Today’s real estate industry is awash in new strategies. Franchises, brokerages, Multiple Listing Services and professional associations are all using “strategic’ as their new magic word. Some of these strategies represent bold and innovative steps into a new and exciting future. Others unfortunately are just updates and recasts of what their sponsoring organization has always […]

Were They Dancing or Trembling in New Orleans?

The National Association of REALTORS® held their annual business meeting in New Orleans in November. It was the latest in a century of meeting opportunities for the industry’s leaders, decision makers and groupies. The REALTOR® culture was alive with legacy and tradition. But for the real estate brokerage community this 2014 NAR Annual Meeting was […]

Are You Harvesting Your Own Digital Disrupters?

Two events in the last month gave rise to the focus of this month’s article. The first involves a millennial generation fellow I have known for a considerable period of time, who is currently practicing law with a firm that represents large clients in the financial services industry. The second involves an X generation female […]

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