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.

Prospecting Tips for the Holiday Season

Prospecting Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a busy time of the year.  Between traveling, parties, shopping, and spending time with friends and family; it’s easy to put some day-to-day tasks on the backburner for a little while. 

Online Safety Tips for REALTORS®

Online Safety Tips for REALTORS®

Technology is changing the way we do just about everything in our lives, especially from a business perspective.  The convenience of the connectivity that the internet provides makes our professional performance more efficient, agile, and thorough; but it’s not without its risks.  With more and more prospecting, organization, and transactional operations moving in a digital direction, it is very important to be aware of online dangers, and how to avoid them.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your clients safe.

3 Safety Concepts All REALTORS® Should Know

3 Safety Concepts All REALTORS® Should Know

Some of things that make being a REALTOR® a rewarding, fulfilling career, are also some of the things that pose potential safety risks.  Meeting new people and visiting new places are all major parts of the job, and being prepared for these situations is vital, not only to your professional success, but to your personal well-being.  There are three concepts that can help to keep you safe in any scenario. 

Safety Statistics for REALTORS®

Safety Statistics for REALTORS®

Knowledge, awareness, and empowerment are the key components of safety for every REALTOR®, and that is why the National Association of REALTORS®, NAR, conducts their Member Safety Report each year.  Here are some interesting results from the past year.

How to Stand Out as a REALTOR®

How to Stand Out as a REALTOR®

As a REALTOR®, whether you’ve been in the industry for years, or are just beginning, getting your name, and your clients’ property noticed can be as challenging as it is vital.  Here are a few ways you can stand out as a REALTOR®.

Career Development Week Courses

Career development opportunities can come in many forms and from a variety of different perspectives.  This is especially true when it comes to growing your career as a REALTOR(r).  The countless moving parts and interactions means that there are always new things to learn, experiences to share, and chances to grow. 

A Home Closing Checklist

A Home Closing Checklist

On the long and exciting journey to home ownership there are a lot of things to do.  From finding that perfect house in the perfect location for schools, commuting, and other conveniences, to envisioning how you’ll decorate, renovate, and enjoy your new place it can seem like quite a long time, but there is a finish line; the closing. 

The REALTOR® Code of Ethics and Its Importance

The REALTOR® Code of Ethics and Its Importance

Every leading organization or group of professionals has a foundation that represents what they stand for.  Without these foundations the legacy, integrity, advantage, competitive difference, and drive toward continued improvement is nearly impossible to have.  For professional real estate agents, specifically REALTORS®, this foundation is the REALTOR’S® Code of Ethics.  But what exactly is the REALTOR’S® Code of Ethics, and why is it so important?