Being a successful real estate agent means staying on top of important industry trends, requirements, and technologies. While some real estate continuing education requirements vary by state, some processes and procedures are universal. 

Your brokerage is a good resource for continuing education information. But there are many other places where you can access free and paid continuing education classes, workshops, webinars, whitepapers, and other educational content.  Continue reading

Now’s the time to contact clients who have been considering buying a home and give them a little nudge.  

For the third straight week, home mortgage rates increased for all loan types. The rates have now reached their highest point since March 2020. 

Rates for 30-year mortgages had plunged to a record low a little more than a year ago. Affordable loans have sparked a housing rally that’s still running hot even as home prices continue to soar.  Continue reading

It’s natural for your clients to want to sell their homes as fast as possible. That’s especially true if they’ve already moved to a new house and aren’t thrilled about the idea of paying two mortgages for months on end. In a perfect world, they can sell their old home and close on the new one within 30 to 60 days. 

But sometimes, things don’t go quite that smoothly. As a result, a trend is gaining steam where home sellers use an iBuyer to speed up the sale process and eliminate stress. This practice can lead to almost instant home sales for sellers willing to forgo the traditional approach of hiring local real estate agents like you.  Continue reading

Each of your clients has a different idea of their dream house. For some, it’s a home on the lake in Northeast Ohio. For others, it’s a trendy brownstone in the hustle and bustle of city life in Pittsburgh.  

While house preferences will vary, all home shoppers have one thing in common – they are emotionally invested in their quest to find the home of their dreams.  

So, as their real estate agent, how do you tap into that emotional connection with each client to find them the home they can’t possibly do without?  Continue reading

What if you could give yourself a raise next year? 

2021 was a banner year to say the least. Home prices soared, and demand was at an all-time high. Hopefully, you rode that wave to a new career high as well. So, how can you possibly plan to have an even bigger year in 2022?  

This blog will highlight a few key things you should think about or develop plans for now (right now) so that when the new year begins, you’ll hit the ground running toward a higher income than ever.  Continue reading

As you know, some homebuyers aren’t keen on purchasing “fixer-upper” properties. They may think renovations take too much time, or they are concerned about financing the improvements.

Did you know there are particular mortgage loans, like the FHA 203k Home Improvement loan, explicitly designed to help your clients afford home improvements while building equity? Understanding how these loans work will allow you to offer an important solution for clients who might be struggling to find the perfect home. Continue reading

You can buy groceries online. You can order food delivery from your phone. You can even monitor your home’s security from anywhere.

While having the capability to handle many transactions or tasks digitally with next to no human interaction is convenient, it also lacks some advantages of having a real person available if and when issues arise. Continue reading