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    How to Ignite Success During Winter Home Showings

    Don't let the season dampen your resolve. Winter is a dreary time for home sales, but the added challenge doesn't mean you should abandon hope. If you take these guidelines…

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    Moving Beyond the Spreadsheet

    Big data and the future of business intelligence tools. Like most professions, accounting has been fundamentally altered by modern computer technology. As an accountant, you keep your work organized, productive,…

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    Dos and Don’ts of Year-End Planning

    Prepare for a successful 2017. On top of holiday shopping and preparing your home for family get-togethers, your firm’s to-do list is probably a mile long. This time of year…

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    Questions Every CPA Should Be Prepared to Answer

    Know what your customers are thinking. Have you ever experienced a job interview where the questioning was more like an interrogation than a conversation? As an accountant, you've probably sat…

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    The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Staging

    It's that time of year again. Holiday music is filling the airwaves, and twinkling lights are making every street shimmer. But amidst the holiday cheer, realtors are faced with a…

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    Behind the Numbers: Campaign Contributions

    Take a look at the dollars and cents that fuel elections. Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton seems to be playing out like a boxing match instead of a presidential race.…

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    How to Avoid the Legal Terror of a Liability Claim

    Clients can avoid liability claims by putting safety first. From screams of terror to ghastly ghouls and monsters, haunted houses and hayrack rides are among the most popular Halloween pastimes.…

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    3 Haunted Properties Available for Purchase

    Enter if you dare. Have you ever conducted a transaction so difficult it made you want to scream? Real estate horror stories happen to the best of us, but imagine…

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    The Unconventional Millennial Approach to Finance

    A look inside the minds of a growing customer base. Millennials represent the largest living generation in the United States, but they contribute to an unfavorable number: $1 trillion in…

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    5 Essential Steps for Effective Succession Planning

    Plan today, retire comfortably tomorrow. You can’t pass the torch when no one’s waiting for it. Though you may not want to step away from practicing law, you’ll need to…

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    4 Ways to Keep Your Digital Data on Lockdown

    Crime has transformed. Theft that once required face-to-face deception can now be executed from a glowing screen halfway around the globe. Unfortunately, there are many ways for a real estate…

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    Referrals May Glitter, But They’re Not All Gold

    You don’t have to accept every customer. You exhaust the possibilities to expand your client base, face new career challenges, and get a leg up on your competition. But you…

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    5 Steps to Take When a Claim Threatens Your Career

    Call, write, and stay proactive. Your client taps her nails on the chair as she sits in the customer lounge. She’s been waiting there for half an hour, because your…

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    4 Devastating Accounting Disasters

    When you cook the books, you pay the price. The word disaster often brings forces of nature to mind: hurricanes assaulting coastal cities, tornadoes wreaking havoc across the Midwest, and…

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    How Lawyers Research Facts

    Research is a major building block of any law career. Attorneys spend their early years in the profession learning how to conduct precise, accurate research that wins cases and positions…

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    Keys for Managing Real Estate Risk

    With great profits come great risks. Few industries know this better than the real estate industry. If you take the proper steps to prevent errors, satisfy your clients, and implement…

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    CPAs and Cybersecurity

    Cybercriminals are always hunting for identity theft victims. It is becoming increasingly important for you to take proactive measures to protect your clients' personal and financial information. It doesn't matter…

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    Goodnight From Fabulous Las Vegas!

    Our final day at R4 proved to be a little quiet, but it gave some wannabe blackjack players an opportunity to play at our table. This card shark (I mean…

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    Serenity in Sin City

    Playing blackjack never gets old—especially with a business card buy-in! We even had a celebrity dealer from the Australian RE/MAX contingent on Wednesday.

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    What New Attorneys Need to Know About Professional Liability

    If you want a long and successful legal career, professional liability insurance is just as important as landing new clients and winning cases. Before you begin to practice law, you…

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    Warning Signs You May Be Heading to Court

    The last thing you want to worry about is heading to court. While many Realtors share the nagging fear of this happening, there are ways to be proactive and avoid…

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    What New CPAs Need to Understand About Professional Liability Insurance

    As a CPA, your career will revolve around your clients' financial losses and gains. If you make any mistakes that cost your clients money, their response may cost you, too.…

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    8 Cybercrime Prevention Tips

    The Pearl Insurance folks had a very busy day meeting with attendees in the Re/Max R4 Marketplace in Las Vegas. True to the setting, we played blackjack with attendees (no dollars…

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    Live from Las Vegas!

    Re/Max couldn’t have chosen a better week to be holding their R4 conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  There’s so much to offer at this event! Of course,…

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    Farewell to Florida

    LeadingRE has done it once again! What happens when you combine an elite group of independent real estate professionals, topical and entertaining breakout sessions, and a very engaged group of…

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    Takeaways on Branding, Economics, and Organization

    Wow! I knew LeadingRE was an elite group of real estate professionals but I, like many around me at Thursday’s LeadingRE Talks, were surprised to hear that only 20% of applicants…

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    Musing from Miami

    Hello from sunny Miami at the beautiful Fontainebleau Hotel! According to my Fitbit, this place is massive. We've all been getting our exercise just by going from session to session!…

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    Reasons Why Law Firms Fail

    Every single year in the United States, law firms close up shop and send lawyers scrambling in search of new jobs. As you navigates the trials and tribulations of the…

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    Errors & Omissions Risk Reduction Checklist

    As real estate transactions become more complex, it's important for real estate professionals to protect themselves from personal liability risks. In the current market, unhappy clients are quick to pursue…

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    8 Professional Liability Pain Points for CPAs

    For some, accounting may seem like a steady, predictable industry. However, smart CPAs know that there is a constant evolution of risks and changes occurring throughout the field. From information…

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