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, ...

Video Tips on Crown Molding

  Crown molding is a niche home design subject of particular interest to high-end buyers. There are a number of different materials that can be used for the moldings, all of which come at different price points and some of which require a higher degree of skill to install. This video offers a quick rundown of the key points homeowners should consider before making their decision. ...

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 Tip: Curtains vs. Blinds

Curtains or blinds? If you’re looking for an easy answer to this age-old question, you’re not going to get it from this video. Instead, you’ll get a glimpse of the myriad advantages and drawbacks of both. For instance, have you ever considered how one might affect allergies? Whatever you prefer, understanding the pros and cons of each can help you when advising buyers and sellers on home design. ...

Creative Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

A lack of storage can be a major sticking point for a buyer and a major hassle for a seller trying to de-clutter their house. This video describes a number of useful home design techniques to maximize storage, including the myriad shelving opportunities that result in storage space that is visually appealing and more accessible than an overstuffed garage or closet.   ...

Egypt Sherrod’s Home Title Scrub Down

Many home buyers can be left a bit confused when it comes to the home title and obtaining title insurance. In other words, what the heck do title companies really do and why should I buy title insurance? A title company’s sole purpose is to ensure that a property title is clean and legitimate. What does that mean? A title company makes sure that the individual who is selling the property is indeed the rightful owner of the land and its buildings. The title company will research everything having to do with the property before the ...