Video Tip: Benefits of Living in a Gated Community

Gated communities are no longer places reserved for the rich and famous. In fact, they’re increasingly marketed to middle class homebuyers looking for a neighborhood where they don’t have to worry about criminal intrusion or through traffic traveling at breakneck speed. This video outlines a number of benefits to such neighborhoods that may appeal to some of your clients.   ...

Egypt Sherrod’s the Closing Table

I can’t think of a more appropriate topic to end this series of posts I’ve been writing for eCommission than the closing table. After all, we have covered lots of topics related to finding and buying your dream home. But now is not the time to let up. The closing table is a critical and final part of your home purchase. Let’s begin: Make sure you bring every document you received throughout the home-buying process to the closing meeting. This includes the good faith estimate and proof of homeowners insurance. It would also be good to bring ...

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, ...

Ways to Stay Fit During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can present a big challenge if you’re trying to stay in shape. The weather is cold, you’re distracted by family and friends and, above all else, the food and drink is plentiful. Stuffing yourself on Thanksgiving has become an American pastime, while Christmas and New Year’s bring another two rounds of chocolate, baked goods and bubbly. If you do it right, however, you can enjoy the holiday feasting and still stay fit. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Set aside time at the gym in advance Just because your family is ...

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 ...

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.   ...

Egypt Sherrod’s Home Title Scrub Down

Many home buyers can be left a bit confused when it comes to the home title and obtaining title insurance. In other words, what the heck do title companies really do and why should I buy title insurance? A title company’s sole purpose is to ensure that a property title is clean and legitimate. What does that mean? A title company makes sure that the individual who is selling the property is indeed the rightful owner of the land and its buildings. The title company will research everything having to do with the property before the ...