Sylvia Swensen
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Direct: 973-697-1054
Cell: 973-920-0945
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NAR will have to fight commission battles on two fronts
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:37:38
The National Association of Realtors' bid to transfer the smaller of two bombshell commission lawsuits in order to consolidated them has failed, likely making the 1.3 million-member trade group's legal fight costlier. read more»

WATCH: Creative ways to grow your business
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:54:54
In a conversation at ICLV, top agents Danny Phee and Angela Evennett shared their best tips for getting new business, from social media videos to specialized referral programs. read more»

Smart recruiting vs ‘headcount’ recruiting
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:00:44
The pressure to hire real estate salespeople to build a productive office has always been the mandate of every brokerage firm. read more»

Zavvie announces major partners for iBuyer comparison platform
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:57:28
Real estate tech startup zavvie announced that its proprietary iBuyer comparison tool Offer Optimizer is coming to six new brokerages.  read more»

America’s most expensive listing sells at foreclosure auction
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:04:32
A large plot of land that was once considered the most expensive listing in America just sold at foreclosure auction for a mere $100,000. read more»

Entire Philadelphia indie brokerage joins Compass
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 7:58:14
Very Real Estate is a boutique independent brokerage that specializes in representing buyers. read more»

Douglas Elliman agent deceived seller in dual agency deal: Lawsuit
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 7:45:27
A newly amended lawsuit alleges Douglas Elliman's Florida operation failed to supervise its agents, one of whom is accused of committing forgery and fraud. read more»

Existing-home sales climb in July
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 7:42:25
Existing-home sales in July were up 2.5 percent over June and 0.6 percent year-over-year, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more»

Pink emoji house that caused neighborhood furor up for sale
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 6:42:10
The Manhattan Beach bright pink emoji house that caused a major neighborhood fight is now on the market for $1.749 million. read more»

Buyers thinking new build? 10 facts they should know first
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 2:54:06
As the adage goes, buyers don’t know what they don’t know. Welcome to construction 101. Here are 10 next-level truths you should tell any buyer clients who are thinking about building new. read more»

Coldwell Banker in pole position? CBx Seller Leads sees big 1st-year growth
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 2:43:33
Coldwell Banker's CBx Seller Leads, a free lead service for affiliated companies, has seen a 74 percent adoption rate in its first 12 months. The "machine learning" software helps convert leads into listings at three times the market rate, according to the company. read more»

How to achieve happiness in real estate
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 0:21:58
Skipping down the road without a care is just not a realistic goal for your happiness level. What is realistic is being happier in your career, which will result in a happier life. So let’s talk about how to be happy in real estate, the chosen profession of virtually everyone reading this column.  read more»

WATCH: Why technology can’t replace the human element of real estate
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:40:51
At Inman Connect Las Vegas, Keith Robinson, the chief strategic officer of NextHome, shared a client story that showcases why the human element is so essential to every transaction. read more»

Douglas Elliman sets up shop in Texas
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:48:47
Douglas Elliman announced on Tuesday a partnership with Sudhoff Companies, a 9-year-old Houston, Texas, brokerage that specializes in luxury residential sales and marketing. read more»

Pennsylvania agent offers to rep Trump in Greenland sale
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:13:42
Long and Foster agent Michael Murphy said in a video he sent to the White House that he'd be willing to take a lower commission on the billion-dollar deal. read more»

Realtor.com launches 3 new affordability tools for buyers
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:24:19
The tools, available on iOS, Android and desktop, provide buyers with a detailed estimate of what it will financially take to own a home. read more»

Housing companies are forcing consumers into arbitration
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:21:20
Lennar, Centex, KB Home, D.R. Horton and Airbnb are among a bevy of companies that include forced arbitration clauses in contracts, according to a new study. read more»

A lottery winner is selling the home he bought with winnings
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:18:35
Rick Knudsen, who won the $180 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2014, put up his extravagant mountain resort for auction with a $6.9 million starting price. read more»

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