Why Real Estate Agents Are Here to Stay in the Digital Age

The Internet has empowered people to do lots of things that they used to depend on professionals for. Not too long ago, many people would never consider booking a flight without the assistance of a travel agent. These days, however, it would never occur to most travelers to call up an agent for help. There are websites that do it more quickly and at a lower cost. But while “do-it-yourself” platforms have emerged in the world of real estate, offering buyers and sellers the opportunity to forgo hiring a REALTOR®, it is clear that most people still value ...

Video Tip: Benefits of Living in a Gated Community

Gated communities are no longer places reserved for the rich and famous. In fact, they’re increasingly marketed to middle class homebuyers looking for a neighborhood where they don’t have to worry about criminal intrusion or through traffic traveling at breakneck speed. This video outlines a number of benefits to such neighborhoods that may appeal to some of your clients.   ...

Egypt Sherrod’s the Closing Table

I can’t think of a more appropriate topic to end this series of posts I’ve been writing for eCommission than the closing table. After all, we have covered lots of topics related to finding and buying your dream home. But now is not the time to let up. The closing table is a critical and final part of your home purchase. Let’s begin: Make sure you bring every document you received throughout the home-buying process to the closing meeting. This includes the good faith estimate and proof of homeowners insurance. It would also be good to bring ...

Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Home Showings

To be clear, the holiday season is not the best time of year to be trying to buy or sell a home. But in real estate, the client is king. You’ll have buyers looking to grab a home before New Year’s and sellers desperate to get out just as quickly. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Do: Plan ahead Listing a home that is still occupied is always a challenge for sellers, particularly if they are typically at home during the day. Getting sellers to vacate the premises for showings during the holidays, ...

Ways to Stay Fit During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can present a big challenge if you’re trying to stay in shape. The weather is cold, you’re distracted by family and friends and, above all else, the food and drink is plentiful. Stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving has become an American pastime, while Christmas and New Year’s bring another two rounds of chocolate, baked goods and bubbly. If you do it right, however, you can enjoy the holiday feasting and still stay fit. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Set aside time at the gym in advance Just because your family is ...

Top 2018 Luxury Cars for Real Estate Agents

If you’ve saved up some extra money or had a particularly good year, 2018 promises to offer a number of tempting luxury vehicles from the world’s top automakers. Do you need a luxury ride to succeed in real estate? Absolutely not. But if you’re looking to get into the luxury real estate market, riding in style can help bolster your image as somebody familiar with the world that luxury clients inhabit. Audi Q7 The 2018 Q7 is a wonderful display of the top-notch German engineering and design that has kept Audi in the vehicular elite for ...

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 ...

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 ...