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Photos That Expose You

By Grant Harpold Even in today’s market, photography, pictures taken for a listing, are still a critical process in the sale or purchase of a property. The photographs themselves are tangible property of value and belong to someone. The question is: who owns the photographs that were taken of your listing?  I would image most REALTORS® don’t know or think that they own them. Why does it matter? If the
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Upstream: Our Own “Manhattan Project”

In 1939, American intelligence already knew that Nazi Germany had learned the secrets of splitting the atom. By early 1940, still a year before America entered the war, and despite the impact of negative voices, concerns over the potential dangers of this research had reached the highest levels of the U.S. government. Despite what we now understand was common sense, it took advocates an amazing level of energy, time and
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International Real Estate – Guidelines for Representing the Foreign Buyer

Houston is not only the fourth largest city in the United States but is also the most culturally diverse. You as a real estate professional will  likely represent a foreign buyer in a real estate transaction. It is essential that you obtain the proper skills to best prepare and explain the process. Set Out Your Role and Expectations as the Real Estate Professional First, you must access the sophistication of
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An Experience Named Erick

Many industry decision makers and leaders believe that the challenge of the century for the contemporary American real estate industry will be its willingness and ability to create and deliver a real estate transactional experience that meets the needs and expectations of the broker, buyer and seller. Over the years, this column has presented and commented many times on the subject of consumer experiences. It has discussed a wide range
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Back to the Challenge of the Consumer Experience

By Jeremy Conaway Our first two columns of 2016 explored the relatively narrow band of issues generated by the emerging premium agent movement. That movement is being championed by the national portals and the industry’s growing vulnerability presented by the questionable influence and impact of the subpar “facilitator” agent. This third column of the year will revisit the question of the consumer experience issue, first raised in early 2015 as