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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 17
   This is the time of year Sellers are thinking of preparing their home to put on the market, doing repairs, cleaning, decluttering and there is one more item that should be done prior to signing that listing agreement. If the plan is to sell the primary property and purchase another home, you s...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Long and Foster)
Comments 10
Buying a new home is very different from buying a resale home.  Even the contract is different.   Builders use their own in-house contracts and they are not written to benefit the consumer.Please remember that this is a binding contract and it involves large sums of money.  If you breach this con...

By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 53
Simply stated, it seems to me that many buyer agents do not accept the responsibility of verifying information provided by the listing agent. What is the responsibility of the buyer’s agent in a transaction? I’ve always been a listing agent, and I clearly understood what my role was within every ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 24
Selling Without an Agent is NOT Saving you MoneyLast night, I got home from a long day out with my elderly mother and was mentally and emotionally exhausted.  Mom continues to lose more and more of her short term memory, and logical thinking abilities with Alzheimer's dementia.  You wouldn't know...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 47
 If you are new (or even not so new) to the home buying process, there are 10 myths about buying a home that you need to stop believing NOW! MYTH #1 ALL REAL ESTATE AGENTS ARE THE SAME FACT: Buyers think anyone with a real estate license is equally capable of assisting them in buying a home. But ...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 10
Everything is marketing . . . Everything is marketing . . . That's a frequent saying in my office, and the truth is, everything is marketing. Think about it. When you call a business and the person answering the phone is rude or friendly, you take note and you either keep them on your radar, or y...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 43
When you hire us to help you buy a home, we typically explain that our commission is being paid by the listing agent's company, as compensation for bringing you, the buyer, to the transaction. And that commission is generally a portion of the commission negotiated between the seller and the listi...

By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 33
 Step 1Great customer service is not a technique that you can mimic.  It can best be learned through you own direct personal experience. To run circles around your competition with superlative customer service requires a complete shift in attitude and also a shift in your fundamental ground of be...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 37
How your furniture is arranged greatly impacts the impression buyers will have of your house. If you are preparing your house for sale and feel overwhelmed by the process, you are not alone. Preparing your house for sale is a lot of work.  Once you have done the obvious...removed all the excess s...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 26
 Preparing Your Home for Sale- Step 1 If you’re serious about selling your home, there are steps you can take to make the whole process go smoothly, help to lower the time on market and protect the investment you have.  Even though it’s a seller’s market, you’ll still want to make sure that your ...

By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 21
~ Facebook Marketing Tips ~Full width mobile FB ads are now here as is tighter scrutiny for click-bait targeting at the post level. Both are changes I have been waiting for as I believe they will improve the Facebook experience for all users. However, I am curious how FB will be able to decipher ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 36
     As agents who work in both the niches of short sales and divorce, we are very often keenly and confidentially aware of the credit card debt that has been accumulated.   To compound  the TOTAL of the debt...the couple may not always have a sterling credit rating which means the interest rate ...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
Comments 41
How do Solar Panels Affect my Home Sale? It's time to sell your home and you've added solar panels to the roof.  Your first thought is, "They have to be worth something to a buyer, right?!"  After all solar panels are all the rage and buyers must want them, right?!  Let's examine the different wa...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 7
You might think selling a home is pretty simple.  A buyer offers a certain amount of money for the home, the seller agrees or doesn't, rinse lather repeat until they come to an agreement on price, dates and other critical aspects.But the reality is it's not quite that simple, not even close.  The...

By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 39
You can't be the market expert if nobody knows you exist.You can't be the real estate market expert if nobody knows you exist. In a case like that, you may be a really smart person with a head full of knowledge that benefits very few, if any. I love helping people learn about my real estate marke...

By Alan May, Helping you find your way home.
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 43
Not enough showings * No offers * Someone left lights on * Did someone use the toilet? * The back door was left open * The pictures on my refrigerator were moved * The cat seems traumatized * I can see footprints in my carpeting * There are smudges on my storm door * They arrived four minutes ear...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 28
How To Avoid Killing Your Home SaleCongratulations! Your home is under contract! While it may seem like you’ve already run a marathon to get to get to where you are there are still pitfalls to avoid. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and you don’t want to do anything to make it go dark. Su...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Comments 84
"You'll be Here When I Get Back...Right?""My Agent's on Vacation - Can you PLEASE HELP US?"I received a call this spring with that very comment and question - "My agent's on vacation - can you PLEASE help us?"  My initial response was, "I'm sure your agent has someone covering for him/her while t...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 45
What Can I Do If I Can’t Stage My Vacant Home? In a perfect world, all sellers would be able to stage their vacant property. But, as you know, that’s not always the case. Your budget or schedule may not allow for it. If there is no stager nearby, you may not have the resources for this.  So...wha...

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
Comments 31
 Prove to Sellers You're Serious:  Be Pre-Qualified! Be Pre-Qualified for your Mortgage before you go and view homes!There, I've said it.  First thing.  Right out of the box.  So it can't be missed.I place that advice right at the top of this post in bright colors so it's not overlooked.  And bec...
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