How to Keep Servicing Your Customers Even When You’re on Vacation

It’s tough to take a vacation as a real estate agent. You know that every day that you’re at the beach is a day when you could be working towards deals. But you need to take a break sometimes. And if you do it right, you can engage in leisure without leaving your clients in the lurch. Let everybody know No matter what stage of a business relationship you are in, it’s always best to let anybody who might be trying to get a hold of you in the coming weeks know that you’re going on ...

How to Hire the Right Contractor

Whether you’re seeking a small or large renovation, picking a contractor is not something you should take lightly. This video describes a few tried-and-true best practices for homeowners when selecting a contractor for home improvements, from where to find a quality firm to how much you should expect to pay for the initial deposit. Doing your due diligence during home renovations will not only leave you more satisfied with the result, but it will put you in a better position financially if you ever end up selling. ...

Famous Homes From the Original 13 Colonies

Real estate has been an important part of this country as long as it’s been around. Settlers in the original 13 colonies brought a wealth of architectural tradition from their home countries, which were often blended to produce a uniquely American aesthetic that remains to this day. Thomas Gleason House, Framingham, MA Built in 1628, less than a decade after settlers arrived at Plymouth Rock, this Antique Colonial home has four fireplaces that the original residents depended on to survive the brutal winters that ravaged New England during what is now referred to as the “Little ...

5 Simple Rules for Protecting the Data on Your Computer

If you’ve got important stuff on your computer, it’s important to recognize that it can easily be lost. Accidents happen, either as a result of human error or technical malfunctions. In either case, you need to be prepared so that one freak accident won’t devastate your business. External hard drive If you don’t have an external hard drive, you may want to seriously consider getting one. You can find a decent device that will store up to one terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) of data for around $50. You can regularly copy files on your computer –– ...

Try One of These Online Platforms For Your Next CE Course

Whether you are required to complete continuing education courses or you are simply looking to bolster your own credentials and strengths, the internet offers plenty of options. However, not all CE providers are created equal. Before you sign up for a course, make sure that the provider has been licensed by your state real estate commission. There are sham operators looking to make a quick buck off gullible real estate agents. Don’t help them out! Here are a number of legitimate providers that you might want to consider for your next CE course. Kaplan ...

5 Hot Business Books For Your Summer Reading List

Just because you’re in the real estate game doesn’t mean you should only be reading business books written by others in the industry. There is a ton of insight to be gained from other great business reads that comment on subjects that affect anybody with ambition, such as work/life balance, perseverance, productivity and happiness. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Tim Ferriss, best known as author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” shares ample advice on how to bolster productivity that he has learned by interviewing hundreds of business moguls, ...

Top 5 Investing Terms to Know When Working with Investor Clients

Working with investor clients is a totally different ball game than working with conventional homebuyers. Investor clients aren’t interested in finding a home that they like. They want a house that will make them money. They want facts and figures, not a story about all the things they’ll appreciate about the new home and surrounding area. Here are a few key concepts to familiarize yourself with when working with investor clients. Cash Flow This metric should be on your mind if your client is thinking of buying property to rent. Particularly if they aren’t ...

The Benefits of a Less-Than-Perfect Home

It’s natural to think of a “dream home” as one that includes everything that you could have possibly wanted. And yet, that doesn’t mean that you should expect the house to be perfect when you buy it. The purchase is just the first step towards creating your ideal home. This video lays out a couple compelling reasons for accepting certain imperfections when buying a home. First, it will allow you to make the improvements you desire on the cheap. Second, the more you get hung up on aesthetic details, the more likely you will neglect the ...

Our Favorite Funny Real Estate Ads

Let’s be clear: Customers are most likely to hire you based on practical considerations. Do you know the market well enough to get them the best deal? Do you understand what they’re looking for? Are you going to work hard on their behalf? But that’s not to say that your marketing should be completely humorless. A good joke can help distinguish you from the crowd of competitors. Plus, people enjoy working with people who are fun to be around. Here are a number of funny real estate advertisements that caught our attention. ...

How To Sell Your First Luxury Home

Selling a luxury home is very different from selling a house to a middle-class buyer. The financial reward is obviously greater for you, but more importantly, the factors that shape the deal are often distinct from those that guide the rest of the real estate market. Here are a number of things to always keep in mind when you’re dealing with luxury real estate buyers. The details matter more in luxury When people are buying luxury property, they’re more often seeking an outcome that is ideal, rather than merely acceptable. While those of modest ...