Running Full-Speed Ahead for REALTORS®: Chris Polychron Takes the Helm as NAR 2014 President-Elect

When Chris Polychron speaks to his fellow members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), he sometimes turns his back to the audience and holds up a mirror in front of him. This is Polychron’s way of letting the membership know that he is one of them. And standing shoulder to shoulder with REALTORS® across View original article here....
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CEO Exchange Exclusive: One-on-One with Dave Liniger

When it comes to real estate icon Dave Liniger, John Featherston says it best: “He is the Dos Equis commercial. This is the most interesting man in the world.” This is how Featherston, RISMedia president and CEO, fittingly introduced the RE/MAX chairman and co-founder during a special session at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange, “The View original article here....
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Bluetooth May Be the Key to Your Future Smart Home

(TNS)—If you’ve ever considered trying to turn your house into a smart home, you’ve likely found the prospect expensive or technologically intimidating. That situation could soon change, thanks in part to an old technology learning some new tricks. A growing number of companies are rolling out home automation products that tap into new capabilities for View original article here....
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Knob and Tube Wiring in Older Homes

Homes built prior to 1950 may still have a knob and tube wiring system. Though the technology is old, it is still capable of carrying electricity throughout the home. There are additional factors, however, that homeowners should know about when buying or selling a home with knob and tube wiring. Knob and tube wiring must View original article here....
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Portal Watch (and more): Awakening the giant

Quote of the week (Well … actually, quote of the decade): “Storm clouds are coming.” — Gary Keller, co-founder of Keller Williams. When? 2005, when he predicted the Great Recession and poised his feisty firm to truly compete with the big guys … View original article here....
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Friday Flash: Dwell, dwell…

Dwell magazine, the glossy pub that always makes me feel like I have no taste, launched a real estate listings site last week. They’re only displaying agent-submitted homes for sale that are “Dwell certified” – cool, modern and generally high-end places that align with the Dwell brand. If Dwell delivers a buyer to the listing agent they collect a 30% referral fee. The website needs work, and I am not sure there are going to be a ton of agent and broker takers with the steep referral fee, but I do think there’s something here that’s worth watching. With...
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The reformers: Douglas R. Miller

Douglas R. Miller is the executive director of CAARE (Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate), the only nonprofit public charity dedicated to consumerism with real estate brokers. Did you have causes when you were younger? What were they? Not really. … View original article here....
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