Video Tip on Mother-in-Law Suites

Often when you’re helping young buyers look for a home, they’ll acknowledge that they don’t need a particularly big house currently. Although they might want more space as more people join their household. Usually the new members will be kids, but sometimes it will be their own parents who decide to move in full-time or part-time to be closer to family in retirement. This video describes the process and considerations that go into building the “mother-in-law” suite, a concept that many of your clients may want to keep in mind as they decide what home to buy.   ...

Fewer Americans are Foreclosing on Homes

It’s been a long road, but America is finally creeping out of the shadows of the 2008 economic meltdown that sent home prices tumbling and forced millions of Americans into foreclosure. Not only is the economy growing, but more people are buying homes. Just as important, fewer and fewer people are falling behind on their mortgages. Here’s a snapshot of the current state of affairs for foreclosures. 13-year low According to Consumer Affairs, there were 191,824 foreclosed properties in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2017. That total ...

Why Real Estate Agents Are Here to Stay in the Digital Age

The Internet has empowered people to do lots of things that they used to depend on professionals for. Not too long ago, many people would never consider booking a flight without the assistance of a travel agent. These days, however, it would never occur to most travelers to call up an agent for help. There are websites that do it more quickly and at a lower cost. But while “do-it-yourself” platforms have emerged in the world of real estate, offering buyers and sellers the opportunity to forgo hiring a REALTOR®, it is clear that most people still value ...

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 ...