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, ...

Biggest Celebrity Real Estate Deals of 2017

If you’re ever looking for a great way to do some procrastinating that is somewhat related to your profession, you might want to check out REALTOR.com’s celebrity real estate section. In addition to prices that will make your mouth water thinking about the commissions the agents made on those deals, the photos of the celebrity homes themselves can help you come up with staging strategies. Here are some of the deals that impressed us the most from the last year. Kyle Richards: $8.3 million The reality star best known for her role ...

Home Sales Pick Up Slightly in September

The real estate sector is still humming along, but has been showing signs of tapering off in recent months. Economists are generally predicting that home prices will continue to rise in 2018, just not quite as fast as they did in 2017. The most recent data from the National Association of REALTORS® shows reasons to be encouraged as well as areas for improvement. Existing-home sales up 0.7% After declines in June, July and August, sales of existing homes inched up in September to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million. ...

2017 Outlook: An open letter from eCommission founder, Sean Whaling

Greetings! What a year it has been for real estate since my last open letter. Mortgage rates stayed at historic lows and most every market in the U.S. saw growth in new home and existing home sales. eCommission finished the year strong too, surpassing our annual funding goals and adding nearly 250 original posts to the eCommission blog to help hard working real estate agents like you find ways to be more productive and successful. And we are not done! eCommission is committed to making 2017 an even better year for our customers by offering more helpful advice, more insightful coaching from Barbara ...

Innovation: an open letter from eCommission founder, Sean Whaling

You don’t have to look hard to see that innovation in many industries is growing, especially in financial services. In real estate, eCommission has taken on the challenge of addressing the financial needs of agents and brokers. And by doing so, it is altering the way they manage their business cash flow. Cash flow rollercoaster. The challenge faced by commission-based professionals is that their income often fluctuates. Some months are great, others…not so much. Like real estate mogul, Barbara Corcoran, said in her helpful tip series for agents, it can feel like an income rollercoaster sometimes because of the unpredictability ...

Real Estate 2016: An Open Letter from eCommission Founder, Sean Whaling

Greetings! Talking to customers throughout the country everyday gives me a unique perspective on what agents might expect in 2016. Will we see another consistent housing market or a slow-down tempered by rising interest rates? Will more Millennials take the plunge into home ownership or Baby Boomers downsize into smaller homes, condos or RVs? Unless I’m mistaken, it certainly seems like the housing market will continue its rebound, albeit gradual, from the housing crisis of eight years ago. While it’s true that interest rates are on the rise, mortgage rates remain at near-historic lows. What we may see is that a great ...