5 Reasons to Take a Late Summer Vacation

Everybody needs a vacation at some point. No matter how much you love your job, you owe it to yourself to take some time away from the grind to relax and recharge physically, mentally and emotionally. The dilemma for real estate agents is that every hour you spend away from work is a potential missed lead or missed sale. There’s no way to avoid that possibility, but there is a way to minimize the damage: take a vacation when business is slow. In many parts of the country, the hottest time for home sales ...

How to Dress for the Hottest Month of the Summer

Depending on where you live, summer can present serious wardrobe challenges. Not only is it hard to dress professionally when wearing a suit can mean getting drenched in sweat on the walk from your car to the office. But, dressing for warm weather also puts you at risk of freezing due to frigid air conditioning indoors. Here are a number of top challenges that professional men and women alike face in the hot summer months as well as some ways to minimize the damage! Light colors If you have to wear a suit, try to ...

When Should You Start Your Own Real Estate Team?

Learning how to develop and convert leads is the key to success as a real estate agent. For some agents, once they’ve got that figured out, they’re set for life. But you may be tempted to go even further by expanding your real estate practice into a team, involving multiple agents as well as dedicated administrative staff. There are pros and cons to working on a team, but before you consider any of those, you need to first determine whether you’re even ready to start your own team. Here are some important questions that can help ...

Summer Home Staging Tips

Staging homes is crucial at all times of the year. A buyer’s interest is much more likely to be stimulated by a home that they can visualize fully furnished. There are usually season-specific considerations to staging, however. That is particularly true in summer, when buyers are paying more attention than usual to the outdoor opportunities afforded by the property. Here are a few things to consider when staging in the summer. Deck and porch Don’t leave a deck or porch unfurnished. Guide the buyer’s imagination of the possibilities it offers by setting up a table and chairs. A pitcher of lemonade or ...

Benefits of Video Marketing Using eCommission’s Video Creation Tool

There’s no doubt that video can be a game-changing marketing tool for real estate agents. Communicating with prospective clients via video is the closest you can get to a personal connection without meeting somebody face-to-face. However, it’s also a major asset even if your company isn’t the main subject of the video. Here are a number of benefits to V-Screen, a video creation service that you are granted access to when you sign up through eCommission! What’s V-Screen? V-Screen offers a library of pre-made, high-quality videos about real estate subjects. It also allows agents a chance ...

Egypt Sherrod’s Hiring A Home Inspector

Hiring a professional home inspector should not really be seen as an option. It’s simply a bare necessity if you want to save yourself loads of time, money and heartache on the back end. A home inspector will often notice flaws or imperfections that you are very likely to miss yourself. He or she conducts a walk-through of the property to assess the physical, mechanical, structural, and cosmetic condition of the house. In a home inspection report you will find the things that need to be replaced, serviced or repaired. With this report in hand, you will now ...

What to Consider When Listing Along the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast is a hot market in the real estate game. For people living in the ever-growing Sun Belt that stretches across the South and Southwest, the Gulf Coast is a logical place to retire or vacation. Here are a number of things to take into account when selling property off the Gulf of Mexico. Beaches How close is the property to the nearest public or private beach? Make sure that is front-and-center of any listing, particularly if you sense this is likely to be bought as a vacation home. Boating Don’t forget to scout out the boating situation. ...

When a Wild Stallion Throws You, Find a Friendly Pony! By Barbara Corcoran

Joining the real estate industry requires a special kind of person –– one who’s not afraid to take a risk and fail from time to time as he or she grows as a professional. Even the most determined real estate professionals among us face experiences that challenge our belief in our own ability to succeed in such a competitive industry. Let me tell you about an experience I had that might have left others wondering if they should throw in the towel on their career. I once received an invitation to speak at an exclusive Citibank seminar for home buyers. Because my content piece, The ...

5 Lessons Fathers Taught Us About Selling Real Estate

Father’s Day is approaching. That means it’s not just time to start thinking about what kind of gift your old man might appreciate, but also to spend a few minutes pondering how your father has helped you become the person you are today. While all of us grew up in different types of families, here are a few ways that your real estate career was very likely shaped by your dad. Some of them might apply just as well to your mom, but Mother’s Day was last month! The value of home Good real estate ...

These Videos Can Help Explain Escrow to Your Homebuyer Client

Many clients have a hard time wrapping their head around the concept of an escrow account. Explaining it to them can be frustrating and time-consuming, particularly when you’re left with the feeling that they didn’t really understand what you just told them. That’s why you may find it useful to share videos with your clients, so they can watch (and perhaps re-watch) them at their own pace, without feeling pressured to act like they understand everything. Of course, be sure to tell them that the videos are optional and that you’re happy to answer any questions ...