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Toby Welch is a contributing writer for REM.

Selling a house with nightmare neighbours

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Selling a home that has challenging neighbours adds another level of complexity. But it can be done! Jasmine Lee, a broker with Re/Max Hallmark Realty in Toronto, had a neighbour issue with one of her sales.

Your work/life balancing act

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Is it possible to find a way to balance life with your real estate career? Some agents feel balance is an elusive myth and that chasing it will lead to nothing but frustration and heartache.

Dealing with negative online reviews

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Maintaining a stellar reputation in an industry that is reputation-based is essential. Here’s how to deal with bad online reviews and establish a good reputation.

Should you have a real estate partner?

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For those new to real estate, having a partner is an ideal way to get to know the industry. You not only have a built-in mentor, you have immediate credibility if an established agent is vouching for you.

What they don’t teach you in real estate school

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You are taught a lot in real estate school – how to close a transaction, industry practices and how to value a property, among other things. But the most valuable real estate lessons are learned outside of school.

How to score more agent-to-agent referrals

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Referrals from other agents are like gifts from the real estate gods. The key is figuring out how to get them. Here are some tips from real estate veterans. s

Don’t be like a hamster on a wheel: Control your schedule

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Controlling your schedule – and not having it control you – is a huge challenge for most real estate agents. Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, yet some agents seem to accomplish so much more.

Giving back: It’s part of the business

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CREA reports that from 2012 to 2015, the real estate community raised and donated $91.2 million for charity. Here are some of the ways real estate professionals are giving back to their communities.

How to get noticed in this crowded industry

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With so many agents fighting for business, getting noticed can be challenging. On the upside, most salespeople settle for being mediocre, so standing out isn’t as hard as you may think.

Is it time to switch firms?

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The reasons agents move from one real estate firm to another are as varied as the people themselves. Sometimes it even happens when you aren’t expecting it.