Posts Categorized: Industry Issues

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Lease With Option To Buy/ Rent To Own

A Tutorial Lease with option to buy (aka rent-to-own) is a viable solution for many sellers and buyers, yet it is largely under used. Browsing through the various real estate blogs there are many people asking questions that often go unanswered or receive the same type of safe/fluff answers every time. As we have navigated… Read more

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How To Choose A Home Inspector

I asked John Reim, from Bee Sure Home Inspection Services, to write a guest post this week on how to choose a home inspector. As with real estate attorneys, your realtor may have recommendations but you need to be armed with a bit more information so that you are not at the mercy of your… Read more

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Real Estate’s Independent Contractor Model Broken

I would bet that most consumers of real estate services don’t realize that realtors in traditional brokerages are not really employees of their brokerages, but rather independent contractors. Basically it’s a cottage industry, with all its inherent flaws. I can only speculate as to why it evolved that way and I certainly don’t understand why… Read more

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Most Realtors Starving In This Real Estate Market

As I pointed out in a recent post, 1,000 realtors left the real estate business in Chicago last year. I can attest to how poorly most real estate agents are doing in this market because I periodically look up the sales statistics for agents that I know and most of the time their numbers are… Read more