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It’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost over.

We’ve had another full and successful year of working on our blog strategy, with the aim of providing real estate agents and agency owners with as much useful, informative and valuable content as we can.

So without further ado, here are the 5 most popular articles we published on our website this year that YOU, our readers, found most useful.

1) To disclose or not? How to deal with multiple offers

It seems there’s a lot of confusion about whether or not to disclose offers in NSW, so we thought we’d take a closer look at the right thing to do in the case of multiple offers.

2) Real Estate Contractor or Employee: Which one are you really?

It might seem obvious, but the differences are small. Take a closer look at how you can work out, by law, the difference between a contractor and an employee, and make sure you’re receiving your entitlements.

3) 5 of the best apps for real estate agents

For real estate agents who want to stay one step ahead of their competitors, we’ve come up with a list of the best phone apps you can use to make your job easier and your clients even more satisfied.

4) Electronic signatures: Can they be used in NSW?

Despite the growth of e-commerce and technology, a hand-written signature on paper still remains the norm for signing formal legal documents. In a time when we live in an almost paperless society, are we still living in the dark ages with respect to pen and paper signatures? 

5) How to write real estate ads that sell properties fast 

As well as having great inter-personal skills, a real estate agent needs to be able to write a listing that clearly communicates why your property is the deal of a lifetime and can’t be missed! The quality of your ads reflects the quality of the listing and the quality of your service. 

We’re also proud of the fact that we regularly contribute to third party websites, where our insight into real estate industry trends is invaluable.

Our most popular third party posts for 2016 were:

1) Everything you need to know about advance commission

Advance commission has been around for about 30 years and is not a loan. It’s used regularly by savvy business owners who want more freedom in their business to grow, and is a globally accepted way of boosting your business. 

2) 5 tips to find the best real estate mentors

When you’re starting a real estate business there will come a time when you need a proper, professional mentoring team you can call on for important strategic advice. Here’s how you can establish solid mentoring relationships to help you grow your business, without breaking the bank. 

3) Business benchmarking can make your business more profitable

Do you know how your business compares with your competition? Do you ever carry out business benchmarking? It’s a valuable tool you can use to assess how you sit in the marketplace.

Our real estate articles are popular and we’re honoured and humbled by our large number of readers.

If you’d like to see an article written on a topic you haven’t yet seen, please let us know!