Five Things To Know When Buying A Home

As a real estate agent, you no doubt could list dozens of things people should consider when buying a house. Unfortunately, many people looking for homes don’t even know what they can afford and how much they can expect to pay for a mortgage. This video is a useful rundown of the basics that every prospective buyer should know before they begin house-hunting. ...

6 Ways a Summer Retreat Can Help Your Team be More Productive

There are all different kinds of summer retreats. You can shape them to fit the tastes of you and the members of your real estate team. They can involve a lot of intense team-building and trust-building activities, or it could largely be a laid-back weekend mainly aimed at getting colleagues to bond. No matter how you do it, retreats can be a valuable tool in building stronger working relationships among members of a team. Here are a number of ways they can help. Eliminates distractions One of the challenges of getting people to think big ...

How to Sell to Snowbirds

As baby boomers continue to retire, you can see an increase in the number of northerners looking for a warm weather spot to spend the winter months. Although Florida and Arizona are the best-known snowbird destinations, there are plenty of other places throughout the South and West that would make attractive winter homes. People just need to learn about them. Here’s how you can help them do that. Golf courses There are very likely millions of people who could be tempted to buy a home that would provide them a warm place to golf ...

6 Things Corporate Executives Look For in a Home

Selling homes varies considerably based on the income of the clientele. High net-worth clients are obviously able to demand larger properties in more desireable areas, but they are also likely to have a number of different concerns than middle-class buyers. Corporate executives are a sub-category of wealthy clients, since they have the resources to buy top-of-the-line property. But, they are also very engaged in their professional life and likely seek a home that aligns with their career. The following are ideas to consider when trying to help C-Suite buyer clients. Airport access Ask ...

Top Off-Road Vehicles for Real Estate Agents

There are plenty of situations in which a quality off-road ride can come in handy for a REALTOR®. If you are in the business of selling large plots of land, a big truck is good for touring multi-acre properties. Lots of real estate professionals who get involved in home-flipping also rely on trucks to haul material to and from the site. Last but not least, trucks are cool! Chevy Colorado A big ol’ truck that is ideal for hauling materials for a home-flip onto a construction site. It also gets solid gas mileage: 22 miles in ...

Should You Sell Distressed Property?

There are a number of compelling reasons to get involved in the business of selling distressed property, or at least not avoiding it. However, not everybody is cut out for it. Here are a number of reasons you might or might not be the right fit. Do you like hustling? You want to get distressed homes sold as quickly as possible. While other sellers may have the luxury of waiting weeks, months or even years until they fetch a good offer, people who are under threat of foreclosure need to get the home off their ...

How to be the Top Agent in Your Neighborhood

Being a very good agent, a great agent and the top agent in your neighborhood are all very different things. To be at the very top requires a focus and drive that many talented people aren’t capable of maintaining for years. Here are a number of things to keep in mind if you want to get to the top in your neighborhood.    Stay hustling There are many agents who reach a certain degree of success and are content to remain at that place. After building up a solid network that regularly directs them clients, they ...

Real estate is no joking matter

There’s no doubt that a real estate agent benefits from having a sense of humor. It can help break the ice with clients and it can help ease the nerves during what is often a stressful situation for a client who is contemplating a major financial and life decision. But there are definitely jokes you want to avoid on the job. They can get you in hot water fast. Here are a number of things you DON’T want to convey with a joke. Insult their house You have a duty to give your sellers ...

Which Type of Real Estate Agent Are You?

While there are certain traits that nearly all real estate professionals possess, by no means is there one type of personality in the business. There are a variety of character types that pop-up among successful agents. Here are some of the most common ones you’ll see: People person This is the most classic agent personality that exists. An ability to interact well with people is absolutely essential to success in real estate. As a result, many agents are good at their job precisely because they are social butterflies who enjoy talking and sharing their opinions with ...

6 Rules of Online Safety for Agents and Their Clients

If multi-billion dollar corporations and the U.S. government are struggling to protect themselves against cyberattacks, you can bet that it’s not that hard for a hacker to gain access to your online accounts. That is a threat to you as well as to your clients. While there’s no way to ensure that your system will never be infiltrated, there are a number of common-sense measures you can put in place to significantly reduce the risk. Take passwords seriously Yes, it’s much easier to use the same simple password for every account –– email, banking, ...