How Can You Help Your First-Time Homebuyers After Purchasing?

How Can You Help Your First-Time Homebuyers After Purchasing?

While the dotted line is signed and the ink is dry, it’s little steps like this that can turn a satisfied customer into a return client that is eager to recommend you to their friends and family.  Here are a few tips and tricks you pass along to your newly satisfied clients as they begin to make their new house a home.

How to Prepare for Your Home Inspection

How to Prepare for Your Home Inspection

The home inspection process is an integral part of selling your home.  And just like studying in school helped when it was test taking time; there are things you can do to prepare your home for its inspection as well.  The inspection report plays a huge role in not only the selling price of your home, but also if the sale will go through at all.  One way to make sure that the inspection, and its results, go as smoothly as possible is to perform a pre-inspection.

Your REALTOR® Peers Can Help Your Business

Your REALTOR® Peers Can Help Your Business

When you are new to the real estate business or even when you've been in the industry for a while, taking your professional development beyond course education and into gaining knowledge from experienced peers is a great idea.

4 Things to Know About Home Appraisals

4 Things to Know About Home Appraisals

When you decide to sell your home, the appraisal process is big deal.  The appraisal is the evaluation of your home and property that is used to determine its value.  It is an unbiased opinion used by mortgage lenders to assign an objective worth to the home, ensuring that the amount that they lend to your buyer is appropriate.  Working with a knowledgeable, professional REALTOR® can help to not only sell your home, but to help through each stage of the process, including the appraisal.  Here are four important things to know about your home’s appraisal.

Flood Preparation and Response

Flood Preparation and Response

With the heavy rainfall and flooding being a struggle in Louisiana, knowing how to prepare and respond is essential. As we’ve seen, just because a particular area hasn’t historically been high-risk for flooding, it does not mean it isn’t possible. We may not have the power to control weather related conditions, but we can certainly take steps to ensure our safety, the safety of others, and minimize damage to our homes.

3 Ways to Sell Your Home Quickly This Summer

3 Ways to Sell Your Home Quickly This Summer

According to the mortgagereports.com, the first two weeks of May sees home sell 18.5 days faster and for 5.9% more money, the next best month is June.  So if you’re planning on selling your home this summer, in addition to entrusting the process to a knowledgeable, professional REALTOR®, here are a few more tips to get it sold quickly.

4 Tips for Home Shopping This Summer

4 Tips for Home Shopping This Summer

The summer months are a popular time for home buying.  Many people that anticipate or plan to move typically prefer to do so once their children are done with school.  But how does home shopping during the summer differ from other times during the year?  Here are a few tips to get the most out your house hunting this summer.

Balancing Work & Life

Balancing Work & Life

Trying to find that perfect balance of work and personal activities is not an easy task. Knowing when to take a break from work and enjoy ourselves is very important to our well-being.

In our rush to get everything done at the office and at home, it’s easy to forget that as our stress levels spike, our productivity plummets. Stress can zap our concentration, make us irritable or depressed, and harm our personal and professional relationships.

3 Things Every Home Buyer Should Ask Their REALTOR®

3 Things Every Home Buyer Should Ask Their REALTOR®

When it comes to buying a home you’ll have a lot of questions.  How many bedrooms?  How’s the commute?  Are the schools good? They go on and one, and they should, buying a house is a big commitment that takes a big decision.  Luckily you have a REALTOR® to help you find the answers to these questions and make the best decision for you and your family.  However, there are a few questions that may not be on your list, but should be.  Here are three questions every homebuyer should ask their REALTOR®.

Buying a New Home: What to Expect During the Appraisal Process

Buying a New Home: What to Expect During the Appraisal Process

The home buying process is full of other processes.  From the pre-qualification process to the home shopping process to the inspection process to the closing process, and many more in between; it’s a lot to keep track of.  With the help of a knowledgeable, professional REALTOR®, you can successfully navigate each and every one of these processes, ending up in a home that is perfect for you.  However, it is still helpful to know what to expect.  One of the most important, and least familiar processes is the appraisal.  Here is what you can expect during the appraisal.

Three Best Practices for New and Experienced REALTORS®

Three Best Practices for New and Experienced REALTORS®

Whether you’ve recently planted your first sign in a yard, or have been selling real estate for years, it’s important to understand the basics and let them work for you.  For new REALTORS®, this could mean learning the ropes and creating good habits.  For seasoned pros, this could be mean re-evaluating what’s working, what isn’t, and why; resetting your routine to include some of these simple best practices could pay serious dividends.

What Should You Expect Before, During, and After a Home Inspection?

What Should You Expect Before, During, and After a Home Inspection?

One of the most important parts of the home buying process is the inspection.  You’ve finally found that perfect place.  The location and the layout are everything that you’ve hoped for, but now you need to make sure there aren’t any surprises waiting for you after you leave the closing table.  This is where a home inspection comes in.

Avoid These 3 MLS Mistakes

Avoid These 3 MLS Mistakes

The MLS, just like with most things, is best leveraged if you work with a knowledgeable and professional REALTOR® and pay a little extra attention to how your property is represented.  While the layout featuring the address, price, photos, and a brief description is pretty simple, there are some common mistakes that can be easily avoided.  These mistakes can be costly in terms of time and money.

5 Reasons FSBO Should be a “No”

5 Reasons FSBO Should be a “No”

One thing you never want to risk is your home; this why opting to sell it yourself can often be a mistake.  So, before you place that “For Sale by Owner” sign in your front yard, here are a few reasons to reconsider and trust this process to knowledgeable, professional REALTOR®.

What Can Homebuyers and Sellers Expect in 2019?

What Can Homebuyers and Sellers Expect in 2019?

As quickly as 2018 ended, 2019 has arrived.  And as with each new year, especially in the world of residential real estate, a lot more than just the calendar is expected to change.  These expectations can mean a lot if you are planning to buy or sell a home in the coming months.  So, just like you’d check the weather before making outdoor plans on the weekend, let’s look at a few things that are being forecast for the year ahead.

Homebuyers and Sellers with Children: Understanding Priorities

Homebuyers and Sellers with Children: Understanding Priorities

A family with young children is going to be focused on a lot of different things compared to a newlywed couple or empty nesters.  Understanding not only what they want and what they need, but why is what makes a REALTOR® such a valuable resource.  Here are some statistics that show what is important to potential homebuyers with children under the age of 18.

3 Ways to Get 2019 Off to a Great Start

3 Ways to Get 2019 Off to a Great Start

The beginning of a new calendar is great opportunity to keep momentum rolling while starting off on the best possible foot.  Here are three quick and easy tips to keep in mind as January 1st approaches.

What do Today’s Home Buyers and Home Sellers Look Like?

What do Today’s Home Buyers and Home Sellers Look Like?

As a REALTOR®, you have research and statistics that can provide a nice glimpse into what a typical home buyer or home seller looks like.  While there are exceptions to every rule, having a current grasp on how people shop for real estate can be an advantage.

3 REALTOR® Marketing Tips for the Holiday Season

3 REALTOR® Marketing Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season offers some unique opportunities to staying present in the minds of your clients and prospects.  Here are a few tips that you can use to enhance your marketing over the holiday months and keep your pipeline of referrals flowing into the new year.