Tips For Success Real Estate Blog

  • Tips From Top Agents: Bill Gassett on Social Media Strategy

    We all benefit from helpful guidance and advice from our peers and those who've advanced in our field. Bill Gassett is a top-producing Realtor in Framingham, Mass., with more than two decades of real estate experience. His work ethic and insight are known far beyond New England. In addition to the hard work he puts in with clients, Bill provides guidance for fellow agents through his blog and a number of s…

  • Google Glass Could Transform Virtual Home Tours

    Real estate agents have a new way to conduct virtual tours using Google Glass, the equivalent of a hands-free smartphone for your face. This 1.5-ounce wearable computer controlled by your voice or a finger allows the real estate agent to video chat with up to nine other people while simultaneously showing them a live tour of a property. Google+ Hangout technology is baked into Glass, allowing hands-free voice or v…

  • Set Goals to Keep Your Real Estate Resolutions on Track

    Many of us do it every year. We make a list of things we want to try, do better or accomplish. But for many these resolutions fall flat and have already been forgotten by spring. How do you turn a resolution into an accomplishment? The key is setting goals. Goals are not a vague outline of something. They're not "I want to do better at..." They're destinations tied to actions, and there's clear actionable steps you…

  • Introducing: The Agent Platinum Desk

    Here at Veterans United Home Loans, we're excited to introduce a new resource designed specifically for agents: The Agent Platinum Desk. As many of you are aware, use of the VA loan is growing, with 630,000 VA loans closed in fiscal year 2013. With all of the benefits of the VA mortgage guarantee, such as 0 percent down and no private mortgage insurance, there's no surprise buyers are flocking to this loan product…

  • VA Loans Are Booming. Get on Board With These 4 Essentials.

    If I were to hazard a guess, I bet you'll work with at least one VA buyer during your time as a real estate agent. The process will be a little different than what you're used to, but don't let the lack of familiarity lead you to dissuade a buyer from using their hard-earned VA benefit. After closing a few VA loans, you may begin to enjoy the service you are providing to those who've served our country. With a…

  • Military Service 101 For Real Estate Agents

    When working with military buyers, you have to understand a few things about their military service. In addition to understanding the basics of the VA loan, you've got to understand how different stages of service can influence their home search and loan qualification. For many service members, military service is their first experience with a "real" job. Some enter straight out of high school, while others attend…

  • Content Marketing for Agents: Solidify Your Strategy to Stand Out

    Today's digitally-driven society has forced every industry to change its ways, and this is especially true for real estate. Technology has made the market even more competitive but has also provided additional benefits and resources. Going digital has allowed real estate agents to show off in ways they have never been able to before. Taking advantage of content marketing is important  in a world where consumers have…

  • Here’s a Recap of the National Association of Realtors Conference

    If you had to describe the National Association of Realtors conference in one word, what word would that be? I keep pondering this question and have come up with several: "wow," "exciting," and "educational". It's too difficult to choose just one word to describe my first NAR conference. I met so many amazing agents that I hope to stay in touch with, exhibitors with wonderful ideas and attended several classes I f…

  • Harmonize Home and Buyer With Feng Shui Staging

    You've likely heard of feng shui: the ancient Chinese system used to create harmony between individuals and their environment allowing chi (energy) to flow. You may have even had requests for homes that meet certain feng shui standards. If you represent the seller in a transaction, you can use feng shui to assist you in the sale of the home. If you represent the buyer in a transaction, you can observe a potential …

  • Effective Communication With a Lender: Tips From a Former Loan Officer

    Whether you're the buyer's agent or the seller's agent, communicating with a loan officer can occasionally get tense. As the seller's agent you want to ensure that your client gets the best deal possible and you want the loan to close on time. As the buyer's agent you want to ensure your client gets into the home of their dreams without a hitch. Not to mention there is of course the desire to get paid, which generall…