Tips For Success Real Estate Blog

  • Conquer the Natural Fears of Homebuying

    Does the idea of committing to a 30-year mortgage and a six-figure price tag make you a little nervous? Good. It should be scary to buy something as sizable as a home. And while a little caution is a good thing, an unreasonable amount of fear can keep prospective buyers on the sidelines of homeownership forever. So how can shoppers break through three common homeownership fears and bite the buying bullet? Fear #1:…

  • Two Simple Ways to Maximize Your Twitter Presence

    According to Twitter's official blog, “The quality of your content — how interesting, conversational and useful it is — ultimately determines how engaged your followers will be." But how do we know exactly how interesting, conversational and useful our content is? Engaging with people online is extremely important for gaining a presence in social media. Measuring the success of your content is even more impo…

  • 9 Tips To Avoid a Bidding War

    Potential buyers are scrambling to land homes as interest rates threaten to rise and inventory falls short of demand. And that often means buyers land square in the middle of bidding wars. In May, nearly 70 percent of offers written by Redfin real estate agents faced competition. Yikes. Real estate agents are responsible for orchestrating these hot-and-heavy competitions, and getting the best possible deals for th…

  • Hey Agents, Here’s Why You Should Put The Phone Down

    Real estate can easily turn into a 24/7 business. Amidst buyer and seller frenzy, how can real estate agents maintain work/life balance? Easy. Just don’t answer your phone. Now before your hackles and eyebrows rise, realize that we’re simply talking about setting phone limits. You don’t want to turn into “that agent” who never answers the phone or returns emails. But you do need to stop: A…

  • Should Real Estate Agents Carry Weapons?

    Yep, we’re dipping our toes into the gun debate. How can we not? It’s tough to deny that real estate is a dangerous field. Real estate agents meet up with strangers in unfamiliar, confined locations on a regular basis. A self-defense strategy is an essential part of any real estate agent’s toolbox. But is a gun really the best way to protect yourself as a real estate agent? Let’s look at five factors ag…

  • 4 Exterior Problems That Will Halt Any VA Appraisal

    How can agents and buyers ensure VA appraisal success? It starts with a simple walk around the home exterior. VA appraisers use “the three S’s” to ensure homes purchased by veterans are move-in ready and in good repair: Safe Structurally sound Sanitary Homes that don’t live up to “the three S’s” or the VA’s additional list of Minimum Property Requirements must be repaired before a VA loa…

  • 5 Keys to a Killer VA Loan Offer

    Get ready for blood-pressure spikes, agents. As much of the country returns to a seller’s market, multiple offers are back. With fingers crossed and hands clasped, buyers are doing everything possible to shine up their offers. That goes double for VA loan offers. Although VA loans are easier to process and more seller-friendly than ever, they can still carry a bad rap. Need to put a little spit-shine on your …

  • 5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Real Estate Blog

    Blogging can help real estate agents build credibility and gain referrals. Especially if you maintain a high-quality, informative, helpful real estate blog. How can you turn your real estate blog into a gold mine of great information? If you’re building or revamping your real estate blog, consider the following tips for improving the value of your blog. 1. Avoid the hard sell. Is there anything worse than …

  • Roles of a Real Estate Agent: What The TV Shows Don’t Tell You

    “WANTED: Real estate agent. Duties will include painting, cleaning, counseling, tree removal and pest control.” If only job descriptions were this truthful. Most real estate agents do far more than take a few listing photos and chauffeur clients to private showings. Dedicated agents step outside the traditional job description and do whatever it takes to satisfy a client and close a deal. Check out just a few o…

  • What Agents Should Never Do on Facebook and Google+

    A growing portion of a real estate agent’s time is being spent on social media marketing. And for good reason. Social networking was ranked as either a “somewhat important, important, or very important” lead generation tool for 75 percent of real estate agents in 2011 (Realtor Technology Survey). That figure is expected to grow as social media plays an increasingly vital role in the lives of consumers. …