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. ...

Video Tips on Designing A Home Office

As technology has enabled millions more Americans to work remotely, the home office has taken on an even greater importance for real estate agents and many of their buyer clients, who are often on the lookout for houses that will offer them a reliable, quiet place to get work done. This video describes different ways to create a home working space, whether it’s an entire room, a corner of the kitchen or even a large closet! Included are a number of useful tips for maximizing the usefulness of the available space. They might come in handy for ...

Ways to Put the ‘Giving’ Back into Thanksgiving

It’s easy to allow football and great food to distract from the real purpose of Thanksgiving, which is to reflect on what you are grateful for and to think about how you can help others who are not as fortunate. Here are a number of ways that you can channel the Thanksgiving spirit into actions for the benefit of others. Help your family Just because mom and dad have traditionally taken care of all the Thanksgiving preparations doesn’t mean they wouldn’t appreciate a helping hand. If your past contribution consists of a going back for a ...

Jumping Out of the Window Will Either Make You a Hero..or Not By Barbara Corcoran

I remember it like it was yesterday. When my brother, Marty Joe, sat on the window ledge on the third story of our house. His legs were dangling 30 feet above the little pool that my dad and grandpa had parked in our side yard. The water was about four feet deep. Marty relished the attention as all the other neighborhood kids looked up from below, cheering him on. It was hardly his first stupid stunt. The week before he’d thrown a dart straight up in the air in an attempt to catch it by its tip but ...

Fall trends for the fashion-forward REALTOR®

If you’re in the real estate game, it’s safe to assume you’ve got a bit of a sense of style. If you’re going to be a convincing adviser for those seeking homes or trying to make their houses as appealing as possible to buyers, you need to know a thing or two about aesthetics. Agents tend to dress well, and you shouldn’t be the exception. Granted, there are plenty of different ways to convey style through your clothes. Here are a number of trends that those of you trying to be on the cutting edge of ...

Back-to-school: The ABCs of REALTOR financial health

Being a REALTOR® isn’t just about knowing how to buy or sell a home. Most important is knowing how to manage cash flow and figure out what to spend and what to save. After all, if you can’t do that, you won’t be in business for very long. Here are a number of things every REALTOR® should master in order to guarantee business success. Keep track of spending The best way to spend yourself into the poorhouse is to not pay attention to your cashflow. It can hurt to look, but you need to make a point of keeping track of and ...

Back-to-school: Productivity tips for busy parents

Being a real estate agent is tough. Being one with children is even tougher, especially when they’re young and demand lots of attention. If you are strategic, however, you can make it work! Here are a few things to help you get more time for your business. Get up before your kids and stay up after them You need to get your sleep, but not quite as much as the little ones. Babies and toddlers need more sleep than adults. That’s just how it is! Although you should reserve some time for yourself to relax, right ...

How to Turn $1,000 Into a $5,000 Bump in Home Value

Making improvements to a house raises its value. That much is undebatable. But how do you find the best bang for your buck when it comes to renovations? That is a much more complicated conversation. Here are a number of strategies to keep in mind when deciding what renovations to do on a home you’re trying to flip or when advising clients on how to boost their property value. Spruce up the john A new toilet or sink can come pretty cheap but dramatically enhance the aesthetic of the bathroom. Putting in place ...

5 Social Media Etiquette Rules to Follow

Embracing social media is absolutely critical for real estate agents trying to make it these days. Social networks give you a unique opportunity to engage with thousands of potential customers for free. But just like in the “real world,” there are right ways and wrong ways to interact with people on social media. Here are some things to keep in mind that will help you stay out of trouble. Avoid being “spammy” It’s natural that you’re going to use your personal or professional social media accounts to promote yourself and your business. But ...