This is the time of the year when experts take a look in their crystal ball to see what the future may hold. Whether its major changes, new developments, or simply a continuation of things from the current year, having an idea of what is around the corner can help you plan for success and avoid unexpected challenges. Here are a few things that you should expect in 2018.
Entrusting someone to help find them and their family a place that they will call home, or to sell their home is a tremendous responsibility. These dealings feature a lot of moving parts as well as personal connection; making professionalism a must for every REALTOR®. Of course some moments can be more frustrating than others; this is where a few etiquette tips can keep you sharp, polite, professional, and successful.
There are several simple repairs and preparations that you can make before your home hits the market. Here are 5 great tips that can help your home sell faster.
If you’re considering selling. Here are a few landscaping tips that can go a long way in impressing potential buyers.
An open house can be a fun and fruitful event, providing the opportunity to meet people and showcase a property, it is also very important to put safety first. Here are 5 tips to help make your next open house a safe open house.
To the average person, or even to a client, a REALTOR’S routine may seem pretty harmless, but in the correct context there is the potential for danger. Here are three common situations that REALTORS may find themselves in, and should avoid.
Louisiana REALTORS® wants REALTORS® to keep safety top of mind on the job by increasing knowledge about the dangers, awareness of surroundings and situations, and empowerment to be cautious and stay safe. REALTOR® Safety not only pertains to physical self, but to your client's properties and most recently identity theft and Internet security.
Selling your home quickly and for your asking price doesn’t happen without a little bit of work before that sign goes in the yard. Ensuring you make the best first impression possible is essential, and with these tips you can have any prospective buyer know that they are looking at a well maintained home.
Arguably the most critical step when it comes to selling your home is setting an accurate and appropriate price. The same goes for buying a house. It is very important that you understand what a fair price is for the property you are considering. This is where REALTORS® offer so much value in helping both buyers and sellers calculate and consider pricing. Here are four things that influence the price of a home.
Selling your home without a REALTOR®? This can create all sorts of different risks that can cause your property to be misperceived and potentially undervalued. Here are three things you’re risking if you decide to sell your home without the knowledge and skills of a trusted REALTOR®?
There are pros and cons to each type of mortgage, but understanding what each of them offers can help save you time and money as you shop for a home. Let’s take a closer look at each type of mortgage.
Investing in real estate can be a great investment. Not only can it grow in value over time, but it can also provide a continuing income source. However, as with any investment, it is important to understand the risks. Unlike the stock market, where you can invest in smaller increments, real estate requires a much more significant investment. Here are few things to make sure that you do, and few to avoid before you buy your first investment property.
There are a lot of specific and complex terms in the real estate world. But few may be more confusing or misused than the titles of the professionals that help you sell and buy. Along your journey of buying or selling your home you’ll meet a lot of different people. The lines of the services they provide can blur, and it’s easy to interchange their roles. So what is the difference between a real estate agent, a REALTOR®, and a broker?
Whether it’s knowing what to NOT order at a restaurant or how to avoid getting stuck in traffic on the way to work, there was likely a time when you, or someone had to learn these the hard way. This is especially true when it comes to selling your home. Of course these mistakes can cost a lot of time and money, so here are a few to make sure avoid.
Home inspections are an essential and critical element in the home buying process. The things that can be discovered can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. It’s important not to confuse a home appraisal and a home inspection, they are two different things.
Just like any real estate purchase there is a lot of due diligence to be done, this is especially true when purchasing a vacation home. Here are a few things to do, and a few to not do, when you decide to buy a vacation home.
You wouldn’t want a doctor that does the bare minimum to treat your symptoms. You wouldn’t want a mechanic to do the smallest repair possible to get your car running. Keeping with this theme you also wouldn’t want a REALTOR® that did the minimum amount of work to sell your home. Just like a minimal treatment could lead to a returning ailment, and a minor repair can’t fix a major problem; simply sticking a sign in the yard and posting on the MLS isn’t going to provide the best results for a seller.
The closing, also known as the settlement, or escrow is the final event where all of the involved parties meet to make this transaction official. While your role at the closing is essentially two-fold: sign legal documents and pay closing costs; preparing for your closing should begin the day before.
Making the decision to sell your home is an important one. There is a lot of time, energy, emotion, and money at stake in this process, so being prepared is crucial. But how do you prepare and what do you need to know in order to achieve your goal of successfully selling your home?
In real estate, no matter which approach that you’re most comfortable with, there are a handful of habits that can ensure that your reach your destination, regardless of the path you take. As a REALTOR®, that destination, of course is doing what is best for your clients, and in turn closing transactions.