RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

JAN 2017

Real Estate magazine is the industry's leading source for real estate news and information since 1980. Published monthly by RISMedia, Real Estate magazine offers timely and relevant real estate news to the industry's top brokers and agents.

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T he new year always represents a new starting point—a time for clearing the slate and saying goodbye to what hasn't served us well and opening our minds to new ideas and new strategies. And in 2017, there is more "new" to consider than ever before—starting right in our nation's capital. As we closed out 2016, RISMedia saw a huge swell of interest in coverage related to what a Trump administration might mean to housing and the economy. With concerns spread across a wide spectrum at press time, our NAR Power Broker Roundtable gathered to lend some very rational insight into the new political landscape. In the wise words of Mark Stark, "I think every good brokerage should make a commitment to focus on the things we can control, rather than the things we can't…stop speculating about what might happen in Washington and look inward to do the best job you can within your own company." See more on page 16. Doing what's best for your company in 2017 means embracing new ways to build business and better serve customers. This time last year, Quicken Loans did exactly that when it introduced Rocket Mortgage. In this month's cover story (page 32), we reveal how Rocket Mortgage fared in its first year. Perhaps this new approach to the mortgage process is right for you and your clients. You can also add more "new" to your new year game plan by learning from what other successful brokers are doing. On page 60, we recap our Power Broker Forum held at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando this past November. See what our panel of top real estate leaders had to say about what works in their firms—odds are you'll pick up a new idea or two to try out in 2017. Finally, if building a new and better culture is on your wish list for 2017, don't miss Vince Leisey's column on page 24. Vince explains how company and community events are central to building an ironclad culture, and shares many great ideas for such gatherings. Add a couple to your calendar to supercharge your firm's culture in the new year. For our part, RISMedia will continue to bring you new ideas, trends and strategies throughout 2017 so that you can keep your business evolving year-long. We look forward to "ringing in the new" together. John E. Featherston CEO & Publisher Ring in the New Has It Lived Up to the Analyzing the Mission after Rocket Mortgage: Serving a New Breed: Power Brokers Addr

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