How to Dress for the Hottest Month of the Summer

Depending on where you live, summer can present serious wardrobe challenges. Not only is it hard to dress professionally when wearing a suit can mean getting drenched in sweat on the walk from your car to the office. But, dressing for warm weather also puts you at risk of freezing due to frigid air conditioning indoors. Here are a number of top challenges that professional men and women alike face in the hot summer months as well as some ways to minimize the damage! Light colors If you have to wear a suit, try to ...

Dogs & Home Listings: How to keep home buyers & Fido safe

Dogs are a sensitive and often polarizing issue. Some people love them while others are terrified of them. Finding pooch-friendly housing is often a challenge for those seeking new digs, particularly for buyers looking into condos that may be governed by strict anti-pet rules. But just as big of an issue for real estate agents is making sure that buyers aren’t turned off to a house because of the seller’s dogs. Here are a number of strategies to consider. The dog shouldn’t be there It’s not just the sellers who should vacate the home ...

If you want to get noticed, write your name on the wall! By Barbara Corcoran

Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as bad publicity. Let me tell you about my first experience with it. I was just a little girl, hanging out with my friends, watching three workmen build a retaining wall for our neighbor, Mrs. Cacciotti. I watched one of the workers finish the job by smoothing fresh concrete over the front of the wall. It reminded me of watching Mom put icing on a cake. I managed to hang around until after both the workers and my friends had left to seize the prime ...

What You Need to Know About Home Remodeling Loans

The more insight you have on home improvement, including strategies, costs and return-on-investment, the more valuable you are to your clients. For instance, sellers want to know what they can to do boost the value of their home before putting it on the market. Buyers, on the other hand, will feel much better about picking a less-than-perfect house — as long as they know what they need to do to turn it into the home of their dreams. Many of your clients will be unaware of the many different financing options that exist for renovations. This ...

How To Be A Rocket Scientist In Real Estate

There are a number of different factors that determine success in real estate. While your own innate ability will undoubtedly play a key role in your career, your natural talent is not enough to make you the big bucks. To become a truly formidable agent, you’re going to need to commit yourself to learning as much about the trade as you can. We call it becoming a rocket scientist. Here are a number of things you can do to take your real estate career to the stars. Stay informed Set aside a little time ...

It’s Not Too Late to Find New Leads For Summer Home Sales

While the conventional wisdom is that spring and early summer are the biggest times of year for home sales, it’s by no means too late for you to be hunting down leads that could lead to sales before the summer is over. Here are a number of ways to squeeze the most out of pre-school year season. FSBO Some sellers who figured that their home would sell itself might be having second thoughts now that it’s nearly August and they still haven’t received a good offer. Scour the FSBO listings and reach out to as many ...

How to use these simple rules of persuasion to sell more homes

Selling homes is not necessarily about being a slick, fast-talking salesperson. What it really is about is showing customers that you know what you’re talking about, that you’re trustworthy and, most importantly, that you have their interests at heart. Here are a few principles of persuasion to keep in mind.   Show that you’re listening There’s a big difference between listening to somebody and simply waiting until they’re done talking. And the person you’re talking to can tell the difference. If you want to gain their trust, you have to show them that you’re ...

When Should You Start Your Own Real Estate Team?

Learning how to develop and convert leads is the key to success as a real estate agent. For some agents, once they’ve got that figured out, they’re set for life. But you may be tempted to go even further by expanding your real estate practice into a team, involving multiple agents as well as dedicated administrative staff. There are pros and cons to working on a team, but before you consider any of those, you need to first determine whether you’re even ready to start your own team. Here are some important questions that can help ...

How To Deal With a Neighbor’s Tree

Trees can serve as an important asset on a property, providing beauty, shade and –– in some cases –– delicious, nutritious fruit! Of course, they can also do things that you don’t appreciate. They may block sunlight into the house or yard, interfere with power lines or litter a pool or deck with leaves, acorns and other natural debris. Finally, trees can present a serious safety concern if they’re at risk of falling, particularly when dead or dying. The problem for homeowners and agents trying to deal with nuisance trees is that sometimes the most annoying ones ...

How to Turn $1,000 Into a $5,000 Bump in Home Value

Making improvements to a house raises its value. That much is undebatable. But how do you find the best bang for your buck when it comes to renovations? That is a much more complicated conversation. Here are a number of strategies to keep in mind when deciding what renovations to do on a home you’re trying to flip or when advising clients on how to boost their property value. Spruce up the john A new toilet or sink can come pretty cheap but dramatically enhance the aesthetic of the bathroom. Putting in place ...