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Edward E. Hodgson Jr.
1110 North Broad Street | Lansdale, PA 19446
Phone: 215-362-2260 | Office Phone: 215-362-2260 | Fax: 267-354-6844
Cell: 215-850-6973 | email: ed@edhodgsonrealtor.com

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Brokers: Leverage Your Influence to Help Shape the Legal Landscape

November 20, 2017 5:12 pm

As a broker, you’re undoubtedly concerned when legislative issues threaten your business, your agents’ business or your customers’ lives. But how do you speak up and make sure decision-makers hear your concerns? That’s where the Broker Involvement Program can help. This program, accessible through the Realtor Action Center website, gives brokers a quick, easy and […]

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Building a Referral Business Through Innovative Means

November 19, 2017 5:12 pm

ReferralExchange agents take an out-of-the-box approach to generating referrals Referrals have long been a key for success in the real estate business, but simply waiting for friends and family members to tell you they know someone moving out of the area isn’t enough to cut it for real estate professionals looking to keep pace with […]

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House Hunters Get in the Black Friday Mentality With Holiday Home-Buying

November 19, 2017 5:12 pm

The holiday season is here, and with it the mass amounts of consumer shopping tied to gift-giving, or just personal spending at a discounted price. While terms like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are synonymous with post-Thanksgiving consumer spending sparked by widespread sales, real estate shoppers are no strangers to home-buying during the holiday season, […]

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2018 Forecast: Affordable Homes in the Suburbs

November 19, 2017 5:12 pm

In 2018, anticipate home-building will shift to the suburbs, according to a forecast recently released by Zillow. Cheaper construction costs, coupled with demand for entry-level homes, is expected to lead to increased inventory in the suburbs. “We’re on the other side of the housing recovery, and the real estate market looks quite different than it […]

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Home-Buying Challenges: Report Finds Homeownership Delays

November 18, 2017 5:12 am

Homeownership is considered a challenging stepping stone on the path to the American Dream—a fact that is especially true for many millennial and minority consumers. The fifth annual America at Home survey by non-profit NeighborWorks America found that down payment confusion, credit score misinformation and student loan debt are the major obstacles standing in the […]

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Differentiating With the Team Approach

November 18, 2017 5:12 am

HomeTeam Inspection Service raises the bar in a competitive industry For Paul Spires—founder of HomeTeam Inspection Service—the idea to introduce a team of inspectors onsite came from his desire to provide a more thorough home inspection and relieve a common problem he heard about within the real estate industry: the length of time it took […]

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A Commitment to Community and Professionalism: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties

November 18, 2017 5:12 am

Ramping Up for the Next Generation of Real Estate For the ownership team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties, it’s all about focused growth—and maintaining a company culture that thrives on performance and professionalism. The company, which reported volume last year of over $1.5 billion, has grown its agent population by nearly one-fourth in […]

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Power Up Your Prospecting Strategy

November 16, 2017 5:12 pm

Cole Information’s local focus and depth of data put real estate professionals where they want to be If there’s anything better than selling a home, it’s picking up a listing five doors away before the ink has dried on the contract—and agents have a better shot at doing just that, thanks to the marriage of […]

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House Republicans Pass Tax Bill, Real Estate Industry Continues Fight for Homeowners

November 16, 2017 5:12 pm

After much conversation revolving around tax policy, and anticipation from the Republican Party to successfully pass tax legislation by end of year, House Republicans passed their controversial tax overhaul plan in a successful 227-205 vote. President Donald Trump visited Capitol Hill on the morning of the announcement to promote the legislation. The Senate will still […]

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Ward Off Identity Theft This Holiday Season

November 15, 2017 5:12 am

Identity theft is a scary thought year-round, but during the holidays, the last thing you want to deal with is the headache and hassle of a stolen identity. Consider the following safety precautions from IdentityForce.

Be Charitable without Giving Access to Bank Accounts. Conduct research before donating to a non-profit. Be wary of a charity that uses a name closely resembling a well-known organization. If donating online, avoid crowdfunding or only donate to those people you know personally as it is extremely difficult to verify where your donation is going.

Volunteer Your Time, Not Your Identity. Many food banks or soup kitchens require a driver's license or a background check before volunteering. If sensitive personal information is required, ask about their privacy and data security practices. Also, do not sign open-ended consent forms. If this is mandatory, confirm that the forms are encrypted.

Don't Let an Online Shopping Scam Fool You. Avoid buying from merchants operating websites that are not secure. Hackers may set up websites designed to look like those of a legitimate seller. Before purchasing from them, research the organization and check with the Better Business Bureau. Additionally, look for the HTTPS and lock symbol in your browser address bar.    

Proceed with Caution When Applying for a Seasonal Job. On a job application, include only your name, address, telephone number, email address and relevant job history. Do not include the SSN, date of birth, or driver's license number. If an employer requests that information before granting an interview, ask to withhold the information until an in-person interview is possible.

Don't Overshare on Social. Hackers will try to sell stolen identities on the Dark Web, and often the gateway to gain access to personal information can be via social networks. When posting online, do not provide specifics. Social media identity theft relies on seemingly inconsequential details that can be linked together. The more dates, names and facts shared, the easier it is for thieves to impersonate your accounts. Also, remind friends and family not to share their personal information.

Source: IdentityForce

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