Tips For Success Real Estate Blog

  • 5 Red Hot Tips For the Green Agent

    REALTOR® income is up for the second year in a row, according to the 2017 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Member Profile. The median gross income of a REALTOR® jumped from $39,200 in 2015 to $42,500 in 2016. You know what that means: A new crop of real estate agents is trickling onto the scene. Real estate agents are in one of the nation's happiest industries and cite many reasons to love their jobs. C…

  • 5 Tips to Get Your Next VA Purchase Offer Accepted

    The incredible benefits offered by VA loans come with a few unique guidelines. Guidelines that can, logically or not, make sellers hesitant to accept VA offers. But experienced military-friendly agents have learned a thing or two about working with VA buyers — and the crucial VA loan advantage. From their knowledge, we’ve culled five dos and don'ts to get your next VA purchase offer accepted. 1. Don't pi…

  • 4 Misconceptions About Working as a Real Estate Agent

    Ever notice that some folks have a skewed view of life as a real estate agent? Considering how agents are depicted on some reality TV shows, that’s understandable. Agents with big incomes and lavish lifestyles undoubtedly bring in higher television ratings than your run-of-the-mill agents. And while those shows are entertaining and real estate agent tends to be one of the happiest industries to work in, they can…

  • 4 Tips for Buying Distressed Properties With VA Loans

    What military buyer wouldn’t want to shave more than a third off the price of a home? Distressed properties sold at an almost 37 percent discount in March 2017, according to RealtyTrac. Fortunately for cash-conscious military buyers, VA loans can be used to purchase foreclosure or short sale properties if the property meets the VA home loan guidelines set by the Department of Veterans Affairs. But as expe…

  • An Overview of Property Types Eligible for VA Loans

    Apartments, condos, manufactured homes, co-ops, single-family homes — modern real estate has come a long way since the days of the one-room shack. The current market offers a wide variety of homes to satisfy any buyer’s desires. But VA loan buyers will need to focus on certain types of properties to win final loan approval. Knowing how VA loans work is the first step toward getting the home of your drea…

  • Roadmap to Success: Closing a VA Loan on a Condo

    So your buyer wants to use their VA loan on a condo? Make sure you follow this plan to avoid extra stress. It's easy for agents and buyers to get frustrated with the condominium approval process, so setting clear expectations early with all parties can prevent additional problems. While purchasing a previously unapproved condo can add some additional work, it's completely possible to close this type of loan. As…

  • The VA Appraisal and Electrical Systems: What Is Required?

    Are you wondering how your VA appraiser will feel about exposed wires, a sparking fuse box or knob-and-tube wiring? Ponder no more. Let’s talk about the electrical portion of the VA appraisal. MPRs and Electrical Systems The VA issues a list of Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs) to every VA appraiser. Appraisers must ensure that properties meet or exceed MPR standards to qualify for VA financing. …

  • Monitoring Your Reputation as a Real Estate Agent

    It may sound cliché, but the old adage “work smarter, not harder” is the most relevant piece of advice for agents and brokers alike. Increased costs and changes in homebuyer behavior have made it absolutely necessary for all agents to embrace this principle – especially when pertaining to marketing. Even if things are going relatively well, one thing holds true and that is you can always improve your market…

  • 5 Tips for Selling a Home In Winter

    In most parts of the country, winter is a slower time for real estate sales. Buyers hibernate, inventory shrinks, and sales languish. Selling a home in winter can be a bit more challenging, but don't panic. With a few winter-specific selling tips in your pocket, you'll be able to put the best face on any winter listing. Tip #1: Display the year-round beauty of your listing. Landscaping typically doesn’t lo…

  • A Smart Approach to Safety: 18 Tips for Real Estate Agents

    Working in real estate can be dangerous. It’s common for agents to meet strangers in isolated locations at odd hours, which can be the perfect setting for an attack. The real estate, rental and leasing industries have seen an average of 77 work-related deaths a year from 2011 to 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The best way to protect yourself? Arm yourself with a healthy level of mistrust …