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.   ...

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 ...

Jumping Out of the Window Will Either Make You a Hero..or Not By Barbara Corcoran

I remember it like it was yesterday. When my brother, Marty Joe, sat on the window ledge on the third story of our house. His legs were dangling 30 feet above the little pool that my dad and grandpa had parked in our side yard. The water was about four feet deep. Marty relished the attention as all the other neighborhood kids looked up from below, cheering him on. It was hardly his first stupid stunt. The week before he’d thrown a dart straight up in the air in an attempt to catch it by its tip but ...

Home Sales Pick Up Slightly in September

The real estate sector is still humming along, but has been showing signs of tapering off in recent months. Economists are generally predicting that home prices will continue to rise in 2018, just not quite as fast as they did in 2017. The most recent data from the National Association of REALTORS® shows reasons to be encouraged as well as areas for improvement. Existing-home sales up 0.7% After declines in June, July and August, sales of existing homes inched up in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million. ...

Tips on Hiring the Right Team to Support Your Growth

As you’re assembling a team to help you develop your business into a full-fledged real estate powerhouse, you need to think critically about the type of people you want to surround yourself with. First hire: Assistant The first step to building a strong team is finding somebody to take over much of the administrative work that you take on so that you can focus on generating leads and customer service. The top priority for an administrative assistant is finding somebody who is organized and competent, not necessarily somebody who knows a lot about real estate. In ...