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 ...

7 Ways Commission Advances Help Agents Grow Their Business

You need thick skin and a tough mind to make it as a real estate agent. The first few years can be a mighty test of your will. You have to constantly hustle to build a network and a reputation that is large enough to provide you a steady stream of clients. Dry spells are unavoidable, particularly as sales slow down in the winter months. During that time, however, you want to keep the momentum going by continuing to invest in your business. Here are a number of ways that commission advances can help. Advertising You know it might be ...

How Salon-Style Walls Can Sell A Home

It’s incredible the difference a few framed pieces of wall art can make in a room. This video describes the way that a wide variety of images, including paintings, photos, postcards and even kids’ drawings can improve a buyer’s impression of a room. The video serves as a useful reminder to agents that it’s worth having a few pieces of framed art that you can use when staging a home.   ...

Neighborhood Amenities that Millennial Buyers Want

Millennials are only going to become a more important buyer demographic in the coming years, as even more of those born in the 1980’s and 90’s settle down to start families. Not all young people are looking for the same living situation, but there are certain things that millennials are more likely to care about than their elders. Coffee shops How close is the nearest Starbucks? Or, for that matter, is Starbucks the only coffee joint nearby? There are plenty of young people who don’t even drink coffee, but there is also ...

Egypt Sherrod’s home buying pitfalls to avoid

Purchasing a house for the first time can be a special experience in a person’s life. But if you aren’t prepared, what could’ve been a great ride, can quickly turn into a home-buying nightmare. Here are nine pitfalls I recommend you keep in mind as you look to purchase your first dream home: Being overly enthusiastic. Manage your emotions. Don’t jump for joy at the sight of a new house in the presence of the seller (or the seller’s agent) and then expect him to budge on the asking price. Save your high-fives for your agent. When dealing with the seller, keep ...

Ways to Bounce Back from a Client Loss

Everybody knows that losing clients is a part and parcel of being a real estate agent. The thing is, if you’re not riding high with several deals in the pipeline then a client loss can have a real economic impact on your livelihood. One of the most important attributes of a successful agent, however, is the ability to bounce back from a client loss. Even when it comes at the worst possible time. Here are some tips on how to pick yourself up and get back into the real estate game after a tough loss. It’s not necessarily your fault It’s important to ...

The Most Important Considerations for Buyers with Pets

Your clients with children are not the only ones whose number one priority when buying a home is another member of the household. Furry friends are also a major consideration for a sizable portion of American home seekers. Here are some of the things that they’re either looking for or may want to know about when they’re searching for a new place to live. Yard What kind of yard does your client need to accommodate their dog? It’s a question worth asking before you start flagging potential properties. The space needs of a Great Dane are ...

How to Brighten Up a Home with a Skylight

Skylights are a great way for a homeowner to brighten up a living space, particularly in a room that lacks natural light. However, there are a number of important things to take into account when installing a skylight. This video explains a number of key considerations, including location of the skylight and quality of the glass. Watch to learn more! ...