High home values. Low interest rates. Competitive bidding. 

Some interesting trends are happening in the real estate industry right now. As an agent out there helping your clients buy and sell homes, it’s your job to stay connected to what’s going on. Doing so allows you to help many families find the homes of their dreams. And gives you a few nice paychecks in the process.   Continue reading

A person’s credit score is essential when it comes to being approved for any kind of loan – personal loan, auto loan, home loan, or even a credit card. The higher the number, the more creditworthy your clients are.

As a real estate agent, you already understand that credit plays a significant role in the mortgage loan process and can ultimately go a long way in determining if your client is approved for a mortgage loan.   Continue reading

Close to the grocery store. Walking distance from the park. Near grandma and grandpa. Short commute to work. 

There are many considerations your clients sift through when deciding where to look for their next home. All of the ones above are pretty common and important. But there is one factor that can sometimes be a deal-breaker for parents – the school district.  Continue reading

Shopping for their first home can be very exciting. But because it’s their first go-around, your first-time buyer clients may feel like they’re going into the process blind. They could use a little help from someone who is more familiar with the process. That means you. 

While they could get plenty of advice online, you are well-positioned to give them the inside scoop on what’s happening in the local home market. Your advice could help them avoid making some common first-time homebuyer mistakes that can trip them up along the way. Here is a quick rundown of some things your clients should not do.  Continue reading

Interior painting. Bathroom remodels. New Flooring.  

According to the 2020 State of Home Spending report, these were the top three most common home improvement projects participants had completed. It’s not surprising that painting was at the top of the list, as it is one of the most cost-effective and impactful home improvement or renovation projects.  Continue reading

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s been quite the home buying season so far in 2021!

If your experience has been anything like many real estate agents around the country, you’ve been busy trying to keep your buyers thinking positively during such competitive times while looking for more homeowners willing to sell in order to beef up the home supply in your area.

In this hectic seller’s market of 2021, maybe you’ve seen some crazy things like homes selling for tens of thousands above their asking price. Or homes are drawing dozens of serious bidders within an hour of being listed. We’ve even heard of buyers throwing in crypto-currency or literally offering bags of cash to beat out competitors. Continue reading

Mowing the grass for an elderly couple next door. Hosting a neighborhood cookout. Offering someone vegetables from your garden. 

Being a good neighbor is something everyone should focus on. Not only is it just a nice thing to do, but some benefits could come your way as a result of your kindness. 

According to the Realtor.com® Good Neighbor Report results, 77 percent of respondents said they had a good neighbor, while only 7 percent said they did not. Those are encouraging results for everyone. 

As a REALTOR® whose job is to build strong business (and personal) relationships with people – your neighbors, the business community, and potential clients – it’s essential to maintain a neighborly vibe with anyone you meet. This can especially pay off down the road by landing you some potential new clients and referrals. 

Here are some simple but impactful actions you can take to be a good neighbor in your community. You can pass along this wisdom to your clients, too, so they can also keep the peace and make their neighborhoods the envy of the community. Continue reading

Buying a Home Sight Unseen
Buying a home ‘sight unseen’ isn’t a brand-new buyer approach. If you’ve sold to families relocating from across the country, foreign buyers, or investors, you may have been involved in transactions where your client buys based on a few photos and an attractive price. 

Back before the internet or easy access to multimedia resources, those types of sales were more challenging for both you as the agent and the buyer. But in the past decade, the ‘buying blind’ trend has become increasingly common.  

Sometimes, it’s out of necessity, like a long-distance move or lack of time to dedicate to the home search. However, some buyers just appreciate the opportunity to shop from a distance and rely on the digital home shopping experience. 

As a real estate agent, there are many things you can do to make the sight unseen homebuying process go smoothly and quickly for your clients. Since those clients often won’t get a first-hand, in-person look at the homes they are considering, you’ll be their eyes and ears during the house hunt.  

The more you can do to help them, the better your chances are of getting them into the right house – and earning your commission. Here are four things you can do to help your clients buy sight unseen:  Continue reading

Air Conditioning Unit in a House
It’s that time of year again—air conditioning season.  

According to Consumer Reports, more than 75 percent of U.S. homes use air conditioning, and 90 percent of new homes are equipped with central air. But believe it or not, there are still some homes using good ‘ole ceiling fans to cool the space. 

For your clients who fall in love with a home that doesn’t have central air or needs the current system upgraded, it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. You can let them know that they have options other than suffering through hot and humid summer days. 

Share these tips to help them make the best investment possible when choosing a central air system that will efficiently cool their home without running up their electric bill.  Continue reading