June, 2009

Can A SmartPhone Really Help Your Business?

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Technology in this day and age is remarkable – whether you are dealing with a computer or you are dealing with a phone.  Smartphone’s these days are all the rave and you, as a realtor can really benefit from having a Smartphone.  Not only can you bring your business with you wherever you are, but the fact that you can get instant communication with your clients is a great resource.

One of the most important things in the real estate business is responding quickly and if you are out of the office – sometimes you can lose out on a sale simply because you did not respond fast enough.  Responding quickly is a must and who wants to lose out on a sale simply because they are away from the office?

That is no longer the case!  Smartphone’s have made it possible for you to check your e-mail, answer the phone, log onto websites and just all around stay completely connected to the office while you are out of it on a sale or at an open house!

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Get More Real Estate Business Without Being Overly Aggressive

Friday, June 26th, 2009

real-estate-agents-cardsOne thing that people absolutely hate about real estate agents is the fact that they are usually overly aggressive.  Most realtors believe that if they drive a hard bargain and are very aggressive with their clients they are going to keep them for a while and they are going to be called back and recommended.  That is a very big mistake on the realtor’s part as many people do not like realtors to be pushy or too aggressive to win the deal.

As you can see from this board of business cards that there are thousands of different real estate agents out there and while you want to be the one to win that listing, you need to make sure that you are not too pushy.  For example, do not call the prospect every other day or send too many e-mails when it is clear that they are not going to return any contact from you.  We all know that the early bird usually gets the worm, the same phrase works here too.

Just keeps these tips and tricks in mind and make sure that you do not do that – that way, you will win the business fairly!

Becoming a Real Estate Agent: 2

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

agent-2To briefly return to the subject of taking courses which can help you become a real estate agent, this is easy as well. All you need to do is research the institutions, either in your area or which offer distance learning, which provide the different courses you may need.

You can make sure you are looking at accredited institutions by talking to your area’s Real Estate Association or your state’s Professional Licensing Commission.

There are also certain tests you have to take in order to become a real estate agent — specifically, you have to prove that you are familiar with all the laws governing the practice. Other requirements are also necessary: you have to be eighteen, at least in some places, while in others you have to be twenty one. You also have to have at least a high school education. Background checks are typically necessary as well.

Becoming a Real Estate Agent: 1

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

agent-1Becoming a real estate agent is not as hard as it may first seem. True, it does take dedication and hard work, not to mention an attention to detail, but it is possible — more than possible.

Before undertaking it, however, you need to be sure about yourself. You have to commit to having patience, to working hard, and to becoming motivated and self assured. Good communication skills are always a plus, and if you have the gift of persuasion, then more so the better.

Be determined to honing those skills — you can learn them even if you do not have them naturally. Just think about enrolling in some classes. Interpersonal communications courses or even courses devoted to developing your personality in some way are excellent choices.

In the real estate business, being self motivated can be a very formidable tool. It will serve you quite well.

What Are Real Estate Commissions?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

38023Real estate agent commissions are things that are extremely difficult to understand, especially if you are not exactly in the business.  In this blog we are going to explore real estate agent commissions and figure out exactly what you may own to a real estate agent if you do decide to get one to represent your home.  One of the first things that you need to understand is that all real estate agents work for a real estate broker; companies such as Century 21 are the brokers.

All of the fees that are paid to the real estate agent have to go through the broker, so there really is no money that is passing the hands of the real estate agent themselves, keep that in mind.  Only the real estate broker can pay the real estate agent their commissions and they sign a listing agreement with you, the seller.

Real estate fees and commissions honestly vary throughout the world, so it really depends and you definitely have to do your research on that one

Should You Become a Real Estate Agent?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

real-estate-agentBecoming a real estate agent in this day and age is something that a lot of people are doing to make a quick buck.  However, that is not always going to be the case, while real estate selling can be extremely rewarding as you can help many different people find their dream home, it can also be quite difficult to break into.  One great thing about the real estate market is the fact that you can honestly come from really any background in the world and honestly, you can make it in the real estate field.

When you get into the field, you will see all sorts of different people there, everyone from high school graduates all the way to semi-retired business men who are in their second career now.  While becoming a real estate agent can be extremely fun, you do need to make sure that you find your niche in real estate and that you can do it.

Becoming a real estate agent is not all that difficult, however you do have to make sure that you take the real estate test – once you pass you will be certified and you will be able to sell any house that you want!

Increasing the Value of Your Home: 2

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

improve-2Taking care of the inside of your home is the next step. Inside, there are lots of things you can do to make your home look more inviting, more tempting, to prospective buyers. Begin by getting rid of all the clutter in your home. Organization is key. Buyers may have a hard time imagining themselves in a disorganized, messy house.

Feel free to do some painting as well. A fresh coat of paint can do a lot to improve both the look and the feel of your home — plus it’s a very cost effective way to improve your house.

Cleaning can do a lot as well. Remember, it does not cost anything to wash all the windows and make them shine. Wash the walls as well, and the floor. Replacing your flooring is considerably more expensive, so if your carpet is threadbare, just buy a few rugs and place them strategically. Mop up any linoleum and make your wood floors shine.

Increasing the Value of Your Home: 1

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

increase-1The housing market is an absolute disaster right now. Homes are staying on the market for months, even years at a time. More often than not, when you are trying to sell your house, you want it to get snatched up as quickly as possible — preferably for an amount that is at least somewhat close to the asking price. You are probably trying to buy something else yourself, after all. You need the money; you need the closer. So, what can you do to compensate for the state of the market? Believe it or not, there is a number of ways you can take matters into your own hands.

First of all, spruce up the outside of your home. Spend some time tidying up your front and back yards. Make sure it is clean of yard waste and trash, try to keep it mowed regularly, and get rid of all those unsightly weeds.

If you have the money to do so, even try a little landscaping. Plant some flowers, keep your hedges neatly trimmed. A house that looks great on the outside is going to draw a lot more attention.