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    The power of branding yourself as an entrepreneur

    By Jim Allen | April 9, 2024

    What are some of the top words that come to mind when you think of the word “entrepreneur?” The dictionary gives a pretty straightforward answer: one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. But there’s so much more to being an entrepreneur than just taking on risks. In fact, the... Read More

    Sold it in a Snap: Building innovative programs for a specific market

    By Jim Allen | March 26, 2024

    I’ve been in the real estate market long enough to have seen a lot of ups and downs. When you’ve seen market crashes, exponential growth, and everything in between, it’s easy to get a sense of where things need to change. One of the benefits of being a leader is that you can use your... Read More

    Learning to be a leader in times of crisis

    By Jim Allen | March 12, 2024

    If you’ve seen the reports from the real estate world from the past several years, you might think everything is gloom and doom in the housing market. Between the 2008 recession, the pandemic’s effects on the housing market, and concerns over mortgage rates, it’s not uncommon to hear comments like, “This must be a hard... Read More

    How building the right team ensures success

    By Jim Allen | February 27, 2024

    I talk a lot about the importance of building the right team, and it’s for good reason. When you have a great team that functions well together, there are so many benefits that come out of it. From greater creativity and innovation to more productivity and empowerment to stretch and grow, science continues showing healthy... Read More

    The importance of building relationships in real estate (and every business)

    By Jim Allen | February 13, 2024

    There is an age-old catchphrase that rings true in the real estate business: “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” And while I will always argue that you need to trust experts in the real estate market, I also believe it’s who you know in real estate that can push you toward success.... Read More

    Leadership lessons to glean from TED talks

    By Jim Allen | January 30, 2024

    Since 1984, TED, short for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, has been giving people across different cultures and disciplines a platform to deepen our understanding and connection with the world around us. TED Talks are readily available on YouTube, and thanks to how accessible the organization has made these talks, it’s possible to find incredible ideas... Read More

    Growing with purpose: How we learn to adapt in real estate

    By Jim Allen | January 19, 2024

    I’ve been in real estate for many years, and during that time, a lot has changed. I’ve seen the market boom as it did during the COVID-19 pandemic. I was there when the market bottomed out in 2008. I’ve witnessed price increases, styles of housing change, and entire new generations of home buyers enter the... Read More

    Cultivating the relationships you need to grow

    By Jim Allen | January 2, 2024

    As a member of the Triangle real estate community, I often look around me and see a powerhouse of individuals I am so fortunate to be associated with. That’s why it was such an honor to be inducted into the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County Hall of Fame on Thursday, Dec. 7, alongside Tom... Read More

    Thoughts for a New Year

    By Jim Allen | December 20, 2023

    With Christmas and a New Year just days away, I can’t help but think back about the year with gratitude. I can’t deny that 2023 had its share of ups and downs. Yet nearly every day brought with it lessons and new opportunities to learn and grow. So many of us are always ready to... Read More

    Invest in your future by investing in real estate

    By Jim Allen | December 6, 2023

    As you start gaining more income in your business, you need to start thinking about the types of investments you can make to grow your wealth. You may already be thinking about investments like stocks and bonds, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). One of the other smart investments you can make is in real... Read More