Selling a Bedroom

For most buyers, the master bedroom is a big deal. When you’re trying to sell a home, it’s critical that you work with the seller to make the bedroom look as large and inviting as possible. As this video explains, however, that often means getting your seller to free the room of many of their cherished personal effects, including furniture (beyond the bed and dresser), family photos and artwork. Watch to learn further on how to setup the master bedroom to attract more potential buyers! ...

7 Factors Driving the Housing Boom

Most of the signs suggest that the American housing market will continue to grow in 2018, continuing its comeback from the Great Recession. Here are a number of reasons why industry experts expect the market to continue going up. The economy is strong Unemployment is at its lowest in years and the stock market continues to rise. As a result, people have more money to spend and are able to make larger investments. Luckily for you, the most common and popular investment is a house! Consumer confidence is high Low unemployment and economic growth ...

Healthy Alternatives to Junk Food For Agents On the Go

One of the major disadvantages to having a job without a set schedule is how hard it makes it for you to prepare nutritious meals. When you’re zipping between home showings and client meetings from dawn until dusk, the easiest way to eat is to rely on fast food or sugar and salt-packed snacks. There are healthy ways to snack, however, some of which are quite tasty. Here are a number of ways to stay fueled and healthful! Kale chips Rather than potato chips, which deliver you little but sodium and refined carbohydrates, try ...

How to Get Your Best Customers to Sell For You

Becoming a successful real estate agent isn’t just about convincing a bunch of people to use your services and execute deals on their behalf. If anything, true success comes when other people are convincing their friends and family that you’re the person they should trust to find them a home or to sell their house. Here are a few ways to get to that point. Don’t disappear after the deal is done Once you’ve cashed your commission check and had a celebratory glass of champagne, drop your client a line and ask ...

Fall trends for the fashion-forward REALTOR®

If you’re in the real estate game, it’s safe to assume you’ve got a bit of a sense of style. If you’re going to be a convincing adviser for those seeking homes or trying to make their houses as appealing as possible to buyers, you need to know a thing or two about aesthetics. Agents tend to dress well, and you shouldn’t be the exception. Granted, there are plenty of different ways to convey style through your clothes. Here are a number of trends that those of you trying to be on the cutting edge of ...

The Importance of Furniture Arrangement

If you want to stage homes properly, you need to appreciate how the layout of furniture can impact a visitor’s impression of the home. In many cases, people can’t put their finger on what’s wrong, but they can sense a lack of symmetry and coherence when the sofas, chairs, tables and other pieces do not fit. This video discusses things to keep in mind when organizing furniture, including furniture height, the size of the room and whether to go with a single grouping or multiple arrangements. ...

How to Learn from Your Greatest Failures

Even the most successful real estate agents can recall suffering stinging failures at some point in their career. If anything, success in this business is as much about bouncing back from setbacks and disappointments as it is scoring big wins. First, is it your failure? Before you start analyzing the failure, it’s worth asking yourself whether it was truly your failure or simply an unfortunate situation that was out of your hands. Is it your fault that a buyer backed out of a deal at the last second? Or that the typically reliable home inspector you ...

7 Ways to Rid a Home of Pesky Pet Smells

A lingering pet smell can really put a damper on an otherwise appealing home. But there are proven ways to get animal odors out of houses. They’re worth learning since they are bound to come of use in a long career in real estate. Start with the vacuum Before we get into specialized techniques, you have to have the basics covered. That means a thorough vacuuming to pick up every remaining pet hair in the house. Pay particular attention to carpeted areas, since they have likely accumulated thousands of hairs over the years. Vinegar ...

Cardio Workouts for REALTORS®

One of the advantages of being a real estate agent is that you get to move around throughout the day. Home showings and client meetings give you an excuse to get out of the office regularly. Unfortunately, most of that moving around is by car, meaning you could probably do with a little more exercise to stay healthy. Walking = 300 calories per hour Are there opportunities during the day, evening or weekends when you could walk somewhere instead of driving? If so, seize them! Otherwise, taking long recreational walks is a great way to ...

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 ...