RISMedia’s January Digital Magazine

At McKissock Learning, we want our customers to have all the resources they need to be successful in real estate. That’s why we’ve teamed up with RISMedia, the leading provider of the most relevant and up-to-date information related to the residential real estate market.

As their Strategic Education Partner, we are able to give our customers free access to the digital edition of the RISMedia monthly magazine.

This real estate magazine is full of thought-provoking and valuable content that prospective and licensed agents of all years of experience can apply to their careers. Here’s a brief overview of what you will find in this month’s edition.

Cover Story

Breaking Barriers With Perseverance and Determination

This month’s cover story features an interview with Josh Harley, Founder and CEO of Fathom Realty, a cloud-based, full-service real estate brokerage. “At the core of the firm’s surging success is its leadership team,” says writer Maria Patterson, “which [Harley] built to bring ‘different strengths and experiences to the table.’”

Patterson interviews Josh Harley about his philosophy on hiring a strong leadership team. She also speaks to Fathom’s Chief Brand Officer Wendy Forsythe, Chief Brokerage Operations Officer Samantha Giuggio and SVP of Finance Veronica Salmon about their experience as women and leaders in real estate.

Read the full story here.

Industry News

Why Real Estate Will Be Stronger in 2021

This article points out that, despite the challenges of the past year, the real estate industry has not only survived but thrived—thanks to the help of technology. Commentator Chao Cheng-Shorland, co-founder and CEO of ShelterZoom, argues that real estate will be even stronger and better in 2021 because of the many tools and options now at our fingertips.

“Disruption has often been what leads to new beginnings, and this year will be no different,” she writes. “As we all gear up for the spring selling season, we have the time to take a step back and look at ways to get the most out of all the software platforms we had to bring on board so quickly last spring.”

Read the full article here.

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Policy News

National Association of REALTORS® 2021 Legislative Review

In this policy piece, Shannon McGahn, chief advocacy officer for the National Association of REALTORS®, reflects on the hardships of 2020 and gives an overview NAR’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Throughout the year,” says McGahn, “our lobbying efforts helped secure access to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, paid sick and family leave, Economic Injury Disaster loans and direct stimulus payments, among other critical relief measures for our 1.4 million members.”

Read the full article here.

Real Estate Tips and Stories

3 Reasons Why Real Estate Is One of the Best Careers For Women

This piece, written by our sister school Colibri Real Estate, lays out three specific elements that combine to make real estate an excellent career choice for women.

“While many careers force women to choose between working in a caring capacity and creating a solid financial future, real estate is broad enough that you can find roles encompassing both goals.”

Read the full article here.

Standing Out From the Competition in a Crowded Online Space

In this article, writer Keith Loria interviews the Founder and Owner of West + Main Homes, Stacie Staub. Both Staub and West + Main Partner and CMO, Madeline Linder, have a strong background in marketing, and one thing that sets the company apart is its branding.

Straub discusses how their partnership with Real Estate Webmasters has helped bolster West + Main’s success over the years, emphasizing “it’s important to partner with a tech firm that is transparent…and nimble enough to pivot along with the marketplace.”

Read the full article here.