6 must haves to be productive in your home office

Home offices work very well for some and terribly for others. Some of us just can’t seem to focus with all of the distractions of the house at our fingertips. However, you can combat procrastination and boost productivity by designing your office in a way that facilitates work and reduces distractions. Here are some ideas. A dedicated work space Sure, you could work at your kitchen table, but if you have a spare room, it’s in your best interest to turn it into a dedicated office. First, if a room is exclusively used for work, you ...

6 Sales Tips to Make Fall Your Busiest Ever

Sales generally tend to slow down as summer comes to a close, but if you keep hustling, you can make deals no matter what the season. Because it follows summer, the most active season for sales, fall does demand a few unique considerations. Here are some ideas for how to keep the wind at your back as the leaves turn red. Target young parents The new school year has just started. What does that mean? The start of the next one is just one year away! That’s a great point in time to emphasize to young ...

6 Kitchen Trends to Make a Home Listing Sizzle

For many buyers, there is no part of the house more important than the kitchen. The fact is that many people spend more time in that room than any other because that’s where they prepare three meals each day. They want it to be a pleasant, comfortable place to be. Here are a number of important kitchen trends that could get you great offers for an otherwise lackluster property. Granite counter-tops They’ve been in style for awhile and they don’t show any sign of going away anytime soon. Granite is still a staple ...

Egypt Sherrod’s Home Appraisals 101

Congratulations! You have made a bid on the home of your dreams and it was accepted. You then ordered a home inspection and fortunately, the house was found to be in good condition, or you were able to negotiate the necessary repairs. Next up? A property appraisal! The appraisal is meant above all else to be a safeguard for the mortgage company, which will never agree to loan you more money than the current property value as determined by an objective appraiser. All appraisers are state-licensed and work independently of mortgage lending institutions to ensure fair and accurate valuations. Appraisers will ...

Top Electric Vehicles for REALTORS®

In addition to helping create a cleaner, more sustainable environment, there are a number of benefits to joining the electric car revolution. For starters, the tax credits are amazing. You are eligible for a tax credit up to $7,500 if you buy a fully electric vehicle (not to be confused with hybrids, such as the Toyota Prius). After taking into account the tax credit, many of the top electric cars, such as the Ford Focus Electric or the Volkswagen e-Golf, are cheaper than the average new car sold in the U.S. ...

Summer Sales Review: What Worked, Flopped, and Needs Improving

How did you do this summer? No matter how happy a response you give, there’s no doubt that reviewing what went right and what didn’t can help you perform even better next year. Here are some things that you should analyze if you want to figure out how to improve. Which leads did you convert? How did you generate the clients that led to sales over the last few months? Was it through your network? Was it the result of online advertising? Social media? To do this analysis successfully, of course, you need to make a ...

Universal Design Principles for Bathrooms

Making homes more easily accessible to people with mobility limitations –– otherwise known as Universal Design –– is something that more and more builders and home designers are paying attention to. The matter is particularly important in bathrooms, where a few easy-to-install safety features can make them far more accessible to small children, seniors and people with disabilities. This video explains some of the simple changes that can make a big difference. ...

Back-to-school: The ABCs of REALTOR financial health

Being a REALTOR® isn’t just about knowing how to buy or sell a home. Most important is knowing how to manage cash flow and figure out what to spend and what to save. After all, if you can’t do that, you won’t be in business for very long. Here are a number of things every REALTOR® should master in order to guarantee business success. Keep track of spending The best way to spend yourself into the poorhouse is to not pay attention to your cashflow. It can hurt to look, but you need to make a point of keeping track of and ...

Back to School: Home Values Are Higher Near Good Schools

If you’ve sold more than a few homes, then you’ve inevitably discovered that schools are the top priority for a large slice of U.S. homebuyers. If it’s not the top priority for a family with children, it’s at the very least on their radar. Part of being a successful REALTOR® is to know how to give your clients all of the information they need to make a good purchase or sale. Considering how important schools are to the buying process, make it your mission to know as much as possible about the area’s education. Cities and towns ...

Back-to-school: A refresher on networking at school

School is a great place to find leads. That goes for people you meet as you get your own degree or the parents or teachers you meet at your children’s school. Of course, there is a right way to network as well as ways that can backfire. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to parlay school acquaintances into clients. Meet all of the other parents It’s good to know other parents who may become good friends or who might be responsible for supervising your own child during playdates, sleepovers and the ...