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 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. ...

Tips to Keep a Yard Looking Great For Winter Home Listings

Fall and winter are typically slower than the spring and summer for home listings, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on sales when the leaves start changing colors. There are always people who need to sell and there are always buyers looking for a dream home no matter what time of the year it is. One of the keys to success in real estate is knowing how to stage a home according to the season. Here are some things to keep in mind for your winter listings. Keep the leaves under control Leaves can be ...

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.   ...

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.   ...

Do’s and don’ts of showing a home

You’ve done all the hard work – you have a new client who is ready to put their home up for sale. Now for the fun part: working to ensure the home is showroom ready and that home buyer walk-throughs show off the home’s best features. From start to finish, here are some tips to ensure your next home showing or open house is a success: Do provide easy access The goal of showing a house is to get buyers through the door, and easy access is the first step in doing so. Make sure ...

Snow Day: Tips for Showing Property in the Snow

With a record snow fall still on the ground in much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, we thought now would be a good time to talk about snow safety for real estate professionals and their customers. When we were kids, we dreamed about snow and getting the day off from school to build the perfect snowman and participate in snowball fights with our friends. Once we left school behind and entered adulthood, however, we quickly realized the awful reality our parents had to face — having to go to work in the cold, slippery white mess! It’s fair to say that snow ...

5 safety tips for real estate agents at house showings

Residential real estate sales is almost always considered to be safe and agents are very rarely the victim of any crimes related to their job. That said, there are times when agents are potentially more vulnerable and could fall victim to a criminally-minded individual. Perhaps the most vulnerable activity any real estate agent encounters is when showing a house to a perfect stranger. At the end of the day, it’s up to the real estate professional to make sure she (or he!) does not become another statistic of petty or violent crime. From burglarizing electronics to harmful personal attacks, all real ...