Tips For Success Real Estate Blog

  • 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 Tough is the VA Appraisal? 3 Factors to Consider

    The unbeatable benefits of the VA loan program aren’t bestowed on every property that catches a military buyer’s eye. In order to garner VA approval, every home must undergo a VA appraisal. And although the VA appraisal has a reputation for being rigorous, its intentions are honorable: ensuring that homes purchased by veterans are fiscally and structurally sound. So how tough is the VA appraisal? In thi…

  • 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…

  • 14 VA Appraisal Basics for Agents

    14 VA Appraisal Basics for Agents

    Any good agent knows that an appraisal can make or break a real estate transaction. As a military-friendly real estate agent, it’s certainly in your best interest to be familiar with VA appraisal guidelines. All properties financed through a VA loan must undergo a VA appraisal and meet VA Minimum Property Requirements (MPRs). Some MPRs are very precise, while others give appraisers room for interpretation. Here’s a summary of 14 major MPRs for any real estate agent to consider: …

  • 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…

  • Tips From Top Agents: What Builders Need To Know About Military Homebuyers

    Whether you've yet to close your first VA loan, or you're a seasoned military friendly agent, there's always something new to learn. We all benefit from helpful guidance and advice from our peers and those who've advanced in the field. Today, I want to introduce you to Cory Kammerdiener, a Navy veteran and Realtor. After Cory left the service he embraced a new career in new home sales as a Royce Builders New …

  • Tips From Top Agents: Trending Technology Tools Featuring Craig Thompson

    Whether you're just starting to use DocuSign, or you own your own drone, one thing's certain: Real estate agents are embracing technology. We all benefit from helpful guidance and advice from our peers and those who've advanced in the field. Today, I want to introduce you to Craig Thompson, President of GlobalVideoHQ. Craig isn't a real estate agent, but he works hand-in-hand with agents in the Dallas, Texas, ar…

  • Sink or Swim? Using a VA Loan to Purchase a Home With a Pool

    It's summertime, and what's a more iconic symbol of summertime than crisp blue pool water. Many families enjoy the pool at a neighborhood park. Others prefer the privacy and convenience of a backyard pool. There's a few different options for background pools.  For VA loans, the type of pool can make a difference in how you proceed with searching for and structuring a contract on a property. Here's a few tips…