Video Tips on Designing A Home Office

As technology has enabled millions more Americans to work remotely, the home office has taken on an even greater importance for real estate agents and many of their buyer clients, who are often on the lookout for houses that will offer them a reliable, quiet place to get work done. This video describes different ways to create a home working space, whether it’s an entire room, a corner of the kitchen or even a large closet! Included are a number of useful tips for maximizing the usefulness of the available space. They might come in handy for ...

Ways to Put the ‘Giving’ Back into Thanksgiving

It’s easy to allow football and great food to distract from the real purpose of Thanksgiving, which is to reflect on what you are grateful for and to think about how you can help others who are not as fortunate. Here are a number of ways that you can channel the Thanksgiving spirit into actions for the benefit of others. Help your family Just because mom and dad have traditionally taken care of all the Thanksgiving preparations doesn’t mean they wouldn’t appreciate a helping hand. If your past contribution consists of a going back for a ...

Tips to Keep a Yard Looking Great For Winter Home Listings

Fall and winter are typically slower than the spring and summer for home listings, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on sales when the leaves start changing colors. There are always people who need to sell and there are always buyers looking for a dream home no matter what time of the year it is. One of the keys to success in real estate is knowing how to stage a home according to the season. Here are some things to keep in mind for your winter listings. Keep the leaves under control Leaves can be ...

Creative Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

A lack of storage can be a major sticking point for a buyer and a major hassle for a seller trying to de-clutter their house. This video describes a number of useful home design techniques to maximize storage, including the myriad shelving opportunities that result in storage space that is visually appealing and more accessible than an overstuffed garage or closet.   ...

Egypt Sherrod’s Home Title Scrub Down

Many home buyers can be left a bit confused when it comes to the home title and obtaining title insurance. In other words, what the heck do title companies really do and why should I buy title insurance? A title company’s sole purpose is to ensure that a property title is clean and legitimate. What does that mean? A title company makes sure that the individual who is selling the property is indeed the rightful owner of the land and its buildings. The title company will research everything having to do with the property before the ...

How the Tech Workforce is Reshaping U.S. Real Estate

Over the last two decades, high-tech industries have reshaped the U.S. economy. According to CNBC, the top five most valuable companies in the U.S. are all in the tech sector: Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. Not only has tech led to a tremendous amount of wealth in various parts of the country, but it has also led to millions of people moving to cities that are home to major tech firms, transforming local real estate markets in the process. Property values go up in tech hubs According to a study by RedFin, real estate values rise ...

How Tax Reform Could Affect REALTORS®

It’s far from clear that any major reforms to the tax system are coming anytime soon. There is plenty of disagreement in Congress over who should receive tax cuts (individuals, businesses etc.) and how those cuts can be achieved without substantially increasing the federal budget deficit. Tax policy plays an important role in the real estate industry. That’s why the National REALTORS® Association and other groups involved in the housing business are paying close attention to various proposals under consideration. Here are a number of ways that potential changes could affect real estate agents. Mortgage Interest ...

Video Tips on How to Create an Eco-Friendly Dream Kitchen

Is it possible to be environmentally conscious and build a dazzling kitchen? Absolutely! This video describes the ways that eco-friendly homeowners can score points on style and help Mother Nature simultaneously. With energy-efficient appliances and recycled or reclaimed materials, you can design a stunning place to cook that will boost your home value.   ...

Biggest Celebrity Real Estate Deals of 2017

If you’re ever looking for a great way to do some procrastinating that is somewhat related to your profession, you might want to check out REALTOR.com’s celebrity real estate section. In addition to prices that will make your mouth water thinking about the commissions the agents made on those deals, the photos of the celebrity homes themselves can help you come up with staging strategies. Here are some of the deals that impressed us the most from the last year. Kyle Richards: $8.3 million The reality star best known for her role ...

How to Get a Commission Advance On Your Active Listings

Commission advances provide you an opportunity to maintain steady cash flow and continue to invest in your business in the weeks or months before your client closes on a property. However, sometimes you might want an advance even before you get an offer in order to help with marketing and promotion expenses. In such situations, a listing advance can help. Two listings can get you up to $4,000 If you have two active listings, you could be eligible for an advance of up to a maximum of $4,000. That money can help you cover expenses like ...