How to be the Top Agent in Your Neighborhood

Being a very good agent, a great agent and the top agent in your neighborhood are all very different things. To be at the very top requires a focus and drive that many talented people aren’t capable of maintaining for years. Here are a number of things to keep in mind if you want to get to the top in your neighborhood.    Stay hustling There are many agents who reach a certain degree of success and are content to remain at that place. After building up a solid network that regularly directs them clients, they ...

Which Type of Real Estate Agent Are You?

While there are certain traits that nearly all real estate professionals possess, by no means is there one type of personality in the business. There are a variety of character types that pop-up among successful agents. Here are some of the most common ones you’ll see: People person This is the most classic agent personality that exists. An ability to interact well with people is absolutely essential to success in real estate. As a result, many agents are good at their job precisely because they are social butterflies who enjoy talking and sharing their opinions with ...

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 ...

Try One of These Online Platforms For Your Next CE Course

Whether you are required to complete continuing education courses or you are simply looking to bolster your own credentials and strengths, the internet offers plenty of options. However, not all CE providers are created equal. Before you sign up for a course, make sure that the provider has been licensed by your state real estate commission. There are sham operators looking to make a quick buck off gullible real estate agents. Don’t help them out! Here are a number of legitimate providers that you might want to consider for your next CE course. Kaplan ...

How To Sell Your First Luxury Home

Selling a luxury home is very different from selling a house to a middle-class buyer. The financial reward is obviously greater for you, but more importantly, the factors that shape the deal are often distinct from those that guide the rest of the real estate market. Here are a number of things to always keep in mind when you’re dealing with luxury real estate buyers. The details matter more in luxury When people are buying luxury property, they’re more often seeking an outcome that is ideal, rather than merely acceptable. While those of modest ...

15 Unforgettable Real Estate Quotes

The real estate business is hard. When business is good, it’s easy to get worn down. When business is slow, it’s easy to lose hope. What’s important to remember is that the challenges you’re facing are shared by just about everybody else in the industry. The greatest agents have all faced setbacks, but it’s through determination and a passion for the job that they persevered. Here are a number of quotes from a variety of folks about real estate. Some serve as advice for agents, while others underscore the importance of the work you do by helping people buy ...

Making Your Home Smell Fresh

It’s a challenge for every homeowner, so it’s a recurring issue for those of us in the business of selling homes. All kinds of things can make a house’s odor repel buyers. Pets, cigarette smoke, or simply a lack of air circulation can make an otherwise appealing home seem irreparably spoiled to potential buyers. The good news is that making a home smell fresh is usually pretty easy. This video highlights a number of quick, cheap fixes that require nothing more than a few common kitchen supplies. ...

Door Hanger Advertising: Do’s & Dont’s

Embracing the new ways of marketing is critical for real estate agents. You can’t get ahead in this industry if you’re shunning online advertising, social media and other forms of internet-based communication. But the old school methods still have their place and in some instances remain more effective. Perhaps no means of REALTOR® communication is more cherished than the door hanger. But there are some important guidelines to take into account. Do: Consider hanging them yourself Distributing door hangers can be a great form of exercise. Depending on the size of the area you’re ...

Video Tip on Homestaging

Homestaging is as much a science as an art. This video goes over the fundamentals of preparing a home to be viewed by a potential buyer. The most important thing is to make sure that every part of the house is clean, including the carpets, woodwork, counters and fridge. Nearly as crucial, however, is clearing out decoration and personal effects that might distract the buyers or make it difficult for them to envision the home as their own.   Do you have any special homestaging tricks? ...

7 Things to Have in Your Car During the Summer

It’s that time of year again. The days are longer and for most, much warmer. The last thing you want it to let the weather wear you down. You’ve got houses to sell. To that end, the following seven items might come in handy! Sunglasses A long drive with the sun beaming in your eyes can leave you drained before you even get to your destination! And it’s tough to communicate confidently with clients if you have to squint or keep your hand over your forehead to block the sun. A pair of shades in the car ...