A History of the World Via Real Estate

A History of the World Via Real Estate

The more I learn about real estate, the more evident it becomes that the industry touches everything. That’s definitely the feeling I got while reading Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs: A Brief History of Real Estate Development (Figure 1 Publishing Inc.,...
Dream Team

Dream Team

Despite (or maybe due to) the solitary nature of real estate, it’s one of those industries that runs best when the lines of communication are open. That’s why you see so many mentor-mentee arrangements and cross-professional relationships. But what if you’re new to...
Sales Doesn’t Equal Service

Sales Doesn’t Equal Service

At the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. last month, I had the chance to sit down with two authors who know a ton about generating customer loyalty. One was Jason Forrest, a sales trainer and coach whom I’ve known as a regular contributor to REALTOR®...
The Heart of the Remodel

The Heart of the Remodel

At the International Builders’ Show earlier this month, I was lucky enough to meet up with Mina Starsiak at the Owens Corning booth on the expo floor. Starsiak—a licensed real estate pro and REALTOR®—and her real estate attorney mother, Karen E. Laine, have been...
A City Reading

A City Reading

I recently came across this piece from Next City talking about a reading list for the city of Boston, and it got me thinking. Of course, a city-wide book club isn’t anything new; for more than a decade my fair town has put on One Book, One Chicago, in which our public...