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.
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.
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®.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
The arduous journey of any real estate transaction presents a number of obstacles, challenges, and opportunities. How you use your professional traits to respond to each of them is how you separate yourself as a REALTOR®.
While renting has some benefits in terms of ease and access, there is a reason why home ownership is big part of the American dream. Here are a few reasons why owning your home is better than renting it.
Generational changes influence just about every aspect of any market. From the way that information is consumed, to style preferences and beyond. This fact is evident in the growth of Millennial home buyers. A Millennial is anyone born between 1981 and 1996; making the youngest of this generation 22 in 2018. For the fifth consecutive year, this generation is the largest and most active group of home buyers in the United States. 36% of home buyers fall into the age range, with 65% of them being first-time home buyers. The opportunity for REALTORS® to leverage this emerging population is great. Here are a few trends that can help you understand and market to these prospective clients.
We are more connected than ever before. Our phones keep us updated on the latest news, weather, scores, and social happenings. Our cars can give us diagnostic updates when connected to Wi-Fi. And now our homes have evolved from simply shelter to “smart”. Turning on appliances and turning off lights with your voice via different devices; monitoring every inch and ounce of energy your home has and uses from anywhere in the world; these abilities are becoming more important, not only for homeowners, but for home buyers as well.