Tips For Success Real Estate Blog

  • 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 …

  • 5 Ways to Keep Buyers Engaged During the Holidays

    During the holidays it can be difficult to keep buyers engaged and active in their home search or their loan process if under contract. People travel, they have house guests and their to-do lists get pretty long. It’s easy to see why the house hunt may get sidelined or forgotten when there are so many other things to focus on. As an agent you want to keep your buyers engaged and active in the process through the ho…

  • How Important is Social Media to Real Estate Agents?

    Social media has rapidly become a necessity for successful real estate agents. Consider these findings from the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2013/2014 Realtor Technology Survey: 91 percent of Realtors use social media for their business. On top of that, 42 percent of Realtors use Facebook to display listings. Compare that to the 2008 survey, which showed that only 33 percent of Realtors used soci…

  • 5 Tips for Using LinkedIn for Real Estate

    The world around us is shifting and communication is occurring online more frequently. Real estate agents need to stay on top of communication trends if they want to engage with younger homebuyers and sellers. Various forms of social media have many real estate agents wondering how they can use these platforms to their advantage. LinkedIn is one social network agents should consider if they are looking to connect an…

  • Be the Go-To Military Friendly Agent In Your Community

    Whether you work with mostly buyers, sellers or both, becoming the go-to military friendly real estate agent in your community is good business. The National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that 67 percent of buyers and 70 percent of sellers choose the first real estate agent they interview. It’s more important than ever to create a marketing strategy that puts you at the top of the list. Here…

  • Military Families Share Their Homebuying Needs

    This month in our Tips From Top Agents webinar we'll have several real estate agents with close family ties to the military. We're going to get their expert advice and thought on working with military homebuyers and their families.  Join us Thursday September 25th at 1PM ET for this live event. Our Guests Kalai Stringer is the broker and Realtor at Prime Star Realty, LLC in Maysville, NC. She's the spouse…