91% of sellers listed with a Realtor®

This past year was definitely a strong seller’s market, according to recently released data from the National Association of Realtors®. With stiff competition among buyers for the low number of listings available in the marketplace, you might think that homeowners would opt to sell their own houses. However, for-sale-by-owner properties were at an all-time low. In fact, 91 percent of sellers listed with a Realtor® in order to take advantage of the professional agent’s knowledge of the market and expertise in negotiating the sale.

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Tiffany Williams
5G Technology: Coming to a home near you

Within the next few years, 5G cutting-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, will benefit both real estate agents and their clients’ buying and selling experiences, according to RISMedia.com. While 4G has enabled American consumers to enjoy a wide range of streaming services including Netflix and Hulu, 5G will offer nearly instantaneous data downloads to mobile devices. Think of downloading a full-length movie in a matter of seconds!

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Why mentoring matters: National Mentoring Month

One in three youth – approximately 16 million – enters adulthood without having a mentor of any kind, according to the strategic report The Mentoring Effect. Of those, an estimated 9 million are considered at-risk youth. Research shows that mentoring relationships make a positive impact on a young person’s education, health, future career goals, and overall well-being.

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Tiffany Williams
The rising popularity of wellness

More upscale communities and luxury condo complexes are attracting buyers with amenities focused on finding inner peace and lowering stress. The properties are offering everything from meditation courtyards to open-air yoga studios and herbal gardens filled with calming plants, reports The Wall Street Journal. Other developers are creating communities with medicinal gardens and edible native plants.

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Tiffany Williams