5  Tips to Out-Hustle Your Closest Competitor

With fall upon us, the market is likely cooling down for a few months. Contrary to popular opinion, however, it’s when things slow down that hustle can give you the greatest edge over your competitors. How, you ask? When prospects see the hard work and never-say-die attitude you show towards winning their business they will see you as the agent who will bring that attitude towards getting them the best deal possible. Here are a number of things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about how to win more customers. Improve your time ...

7 of the Hottest Seller Markets in the Country

The evidence is clear: The U.S. is in the midst of a seller’s market. Inventory is low and demand is high due to a growing population and millennials who are seeking homes to start families. Prices have risen rapidly in a number of the country’s fastest-growing cities, making it easy for sellers to get their homes sold and putting a lot of pressure on buyers to make offers quickly when they see a house that they like. The following are some of the hottest seller markets in the U.S. according to the latest data from Zillow. ...

What Seniors Look for When Buying a Home

Senior citizens are a growing demographic that represent a valuable market for REALTORS®. Many seniors are looking to sell their family homesteads and move into smaller houses and condos that are more affordable, easier to maintain and provide easy access to amenities and services that they are more likely to depend on as they age. Low maintenance Many seniors who are looking for retirement homes have had it with decades of home maintenance. They are less likely to be excited by the prospect of fixing up an old house than a buyer seeking a long-term home ...

Fall Home Staging Tips

Fall is here, which means home sales are typically a tad slower than during the previous few months. What does that mean for a hardworking real estate agent? You just got to work a little bit harder to sell those houses! Season-appropriate home staging is one of the most important things to focus on. Here are some ideas to consider. Lights, lights, lights As noted by ForSaleByOwner, it’s important to brighten up the home as the days get shorter. Leave lights on for visiting buyers –– don’t make them walk through a dark house, looking for ...

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. ...