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It’s hardly unusual to hear about real estate brokers who are also active volunteers in their community. Both roles encompass a common mission: serving the needs of people to build a stronger society. But is it wise to make charitable activities a central part of your company strategy?

Buyers today are more informed than ever, thanks in large part to the abundance of real estate information on the Web. 

But even when you're working with buyers who really know what they want, your job will likely require to you show several properties in person.

Ideally, at one of these showings, your client will fall in love with the property and start thinking hard about making an offer. What can you do to help them reach that stage? Here are 10 tips for making sure that the home-showing process moves along smoothly and efficiently (and safely, of course) as possible: 

We live in a litigious society, and real estate agents and brokers are sued all the time — even if they don’t think they did anything wrong.

After a property closes, issues can come to light that make the new owners or the sellers upset and want to place blame on their agents. The best thing brokers can do is educate themselves and their agents on all the potential situations that could bring about a lawsuit, and, of course, by carrying errors & omissions insurance.

With real estate sales still slow in many parts of the country, you can bet consumers are scrutinizing deals like never before. So if your internal policies and record keeping were a bit loose during the go-go market, it’s time you took steps to protect your brokerage. Make sure your written procedures lay out the key dos and don’ts that associates need to follow.
Mapping technology has come a long way since the days Mapquest and Garmin ruled the lot. A host of open-data and proprietary tools offers real estate pros—both residential and commercial—new ways to share data about properties, local economic trends, and neighborhood amenities