Shopping for Real Estate by School Districts in Central Virginia

belinne posted this 248 Views

It's an ongoing conundrum for professional real estate agents, when their clients ask them directly about the quality of the school districts serving the home for sale that they are viewing and consider to buy. The problem is, real estate agents are prohibited from commenting on the quality or the demographics of the school districts in the area, while customers are keenly interested in making sure that whichever house they buy is in the best school district in the area. So what is a Rea...

Broker/Team Technology Self Audit

Michael Audet posted this 443 Views

During my talk last week at the REW Summit, I mentioned the importance of doing an audit on your own broker or team technology.  If you are like most people your technology has been put into place over time and often module by module.  As a result, you may now have some core components that are great (like your REW products, of course ) but you may also have some modules that are dated, non-intuitive, expensive, slow, non-integrated, etc.   The paper that follows is a gui...

48% of Buyer Inquiries Aren't Responded To - Read More!

Michael Audet posted this 276 Views

My former partner Victor Lund did an outstanding study recently that showed what a poor job many agents are doing in responding to buyer leads.  The study, done with the Weichert lead network, looked at lead responsiveness in over 384 brokers across 11 states.  In the study, researchers posing as consumers contacted these brokers about listings on broker websites, Zillow, Realtor.com and Trulia.  The results are stunning and show how much potential their is agents to...

Zillow is buying Trulia? Now what?

Michael Audet posted this 8 854 Views

  It’s official, Zillow announced today that will buy Trulia, for $3.5 billion in stock.  The expected close date is sometime in 2015.  So what does this all mean for the rank and file real estate professionals from big brokers to individual agents?  We discussed this very possibility at the Real Estate Webmasters summit last week and several possible scenarios were shared as well as the overall impact that supporting Zillow and Trulia has on real estate busine...

Ways to Refresh a Home on a Budget

Tim Richmond posted this 1 207 Views

Regardless of the person or home, people need to update their living situation along the journey. Change is necessary with anything in life, and with real estate, it’s no different. Improvements like full blown remodels and renovations are not in the ball park of everyone’s budget, so it’s important to get creative. Below I have listed ways that people can get their innovative glands flowing and update their home on a budget. Incorporate plants. Plants and flowers are...

Make Money in Real Estate Flipping Houses

Jim Esposito posted this 554 Views

As a real estate agent in Fort Lauderdale with a prominent internet presence I get one or two calls every week from prospective investors who have heard about all the money they can make “flipping” houses. Some have gone to seminars (some even PAID) where so-called experts tell them about fortunes others are making buying homes, fixing them up, selling them again for huge profits. Other people have simply heard stories. Like they went to a party once, met a guy who had a cou...

How to Deal With Outrageous Claims Sellers Make When Selling a Home

RoyceofRealEstate posted this 196 Views

Selling your house can be an emotional experience and even with the best intention in mind, some Sellers are unrealistic about the process & pricing. Most Agents understand this fact and know the right way to deal with them, but what if you’re on the other end of the transaction, or are dealing with a particularly stubborn Seller? Let’s see how to deal with some outrageous claims: “We would prefer a higher price, so as to have some margin for negotiations....

Southern Ohio Real Estate Improvements

Greg Hancock posted this 199 Views

Lebanon Up – Waynesville Up More Now past the first half of 2014, Southern Ohio real estate’s last 12 months can tell you some insightful tales about where many local markets and where these markets overall have been heading. Two communities in close proximity that serve as great examples are Lebanon and Waynesville. Though sales have slowed as is usual for the summer, and perhaps a bit slower than last year, final sales prices for Lebanon Ohio real estate and homes for sal...

Getting Your Garden Ready for the Summer

ryan_williams posted this 173 Views

While the majority of the world is enjoying their summer months, here in Australia we are impatiently waiting for the winter to end (or at least I do). But before the time for long Sunday BBQs and pool parties comes, there is something else that you should think of - your garden. After all, if you have a big backyard and garden the chances are you will be spending most of your free time there (or is it me, again?). Step 1 - Garden Cleaning After months of neglecting, it would only ...