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Making money on your home is key to many of you. My clients report that they simply would not consider owning a home that they did not make some profit on. The thought of taking a check to closing is repulsive. Here is what I want you to know about making money on your home. The obvious things about home ownership that make you money...
The whole time that you live in a home, if it is your primary residence, you are saving on your taxes. In other words, you can either use your money to pay for a (5 comments)
How To Talk To Buyers That See Your Home - 08/27/08 03:31 PM
When buyers come to your home it is critical to know how to talk to them. Here are some guidelines that will help you connect to them and pass along the fond memories that you have collected over the years in your home. Start the process by telling the buyers that you are going to let them walk through first and then you will take them on a quick tour and let them know the important things about the home that brings value to the home. Rule 1 - Don't ask personal questions like: Where do you live now? Have you (4 comments)
How To Be Profitable In The Real Estate Business - 08/27/08 03:18 PM
Real estate can be a very lucrative business. Or, it can be the death trap that many an agent experiences as is evident as this present cycle of real estate corrects itself. Learning to be profitable is not that hard, but it does take a different mindset than what other agents before us could comprehend. For some reason, real estate is perceived to be a service business. Yet, much of the "service" is really emotional counseling. If you look at the counseling business itself, they are not paid when the patient has a "result". They are paid as the service of (0 comments)
Sellers all over the United States look for buyers everyday. Here are some ideas for finding them. And, know that there are plenty more ideas other than these to find buyers, you just have to think out of the box to find them. So, as you read this, if you are in need of some buyers, open your mind and let's go get them. You Tube video posted on You Tube and everywhere else you can find to post video. Make the video with your camcorder and load to You Tube or get a Flip camera (they are very affordable (5 comments)
7 Tips on Loving Being a Real Estate Agent - 08/27/08 02:49 PM
Anyone who has been in real estate for long knows that the reason for which someone gets into real estate, might not necessarily be the reason they stay in it. The perception of quick and good money in this industry is a widely held belief. One that has turned out to be a myth, for the truth is something quite different. Quick and good money will only materialize for those rare, exceptional agents that display both consistency and tenacity right out of the gate. The fact is most every agent struggles, at least at first, due to experiencing the roller coaster (1 comments)
It Seems to Be Picking Up Now... - 08/24/08 09:22 PM
Are you noticing that consumer confidence seems to be a little higher right now? I have my own personal house on the market and have had 4 buyers this week alone and only 1 in the last month. My listings are reporting more buyers coming through their homes too. Maybe with the gas prices going down the publc is seeing hope? That is really all that we need to turn this around, don't you think? A little consumer confidence goes a long way. And, maybe with this tight correction sellers are now understanding that we don't control when a buyer buys (8 comments)
Why You Should Own Your Home - 08/14/08 11:34 AM
When I was 25, I purchased my first home. It seemed to be the right thing to do and I thought that it was definitely the next step in life. Everyone follows the steps, right? You know the steps, college, find a job, get married, buy a home, and have a kid... Well, I did these in some order the wrong way, but anyway, I was single and I figured, hey I should own a home. I found a for sale by owner who wanted to sell his home and happened to have an assumable mortgage (this was the early eighties). (5 comments)
The Simple Truth About Foreclosures - 08/14/08 11:33 AM
Foreclosures have become a dirty word to some and a profit word to others. Here is what you need to know about foreclosures whether you are a buyer or a seller. For Sellers: Rule 1 - Stand Tall - Just because you are selling your home and your neighborhood has foreclosures in it, does not mean that you can not sell your home. A foreclosure has a different appeal than a home that is lived in or still has a sane owner. Foreclosures look different and feel different and thus are not for everyone. Rule 2 - Look Your Best - (4 comments)
The Future Of Realty - 08/14/08 11:30 AM
If I had a crystal ball, I would be rich. So would you if you had one. But since I don't I will have to use an educated guess to forecast what real estate will be in 10 years, 20 years and beyond. Real estate is changing right before our eyes and if you look back, who would have known that the simple tool that we all have become addicted to would have changed real estate to what it is today. The Internet has impacted the power that real estate agents have and it is making a smarter world smarter. Information (3 comments)
How to Use a Video Tape During a Punch List in New Construction - 08/14/08 11:29 AM
When you purchase a new home, you do a punch list with the builder noting paint, sheetrock, trim and other items that need to be repaired before closing. You as the buyer and the builder (via his superintendent) will sign a list of things to be done between this time and closing, and unfortunately sometimes after closing.
There are a couple of tips that you, as a buyer, need to know:
Make sure that as you are pointing these things out that you and/or your agent are also writing a list. You will be surprised to find that the (0 comments)
Experienced Atlanta Broker and Agent - 08/07/08 11:46 AM
If you are looking for an experienced Atlanta broker and agent, you have found the right website. Rhonda Duffy is the number 1 agent in Georgia and number 10 in the U.S. Since 2003 alone, Rhonda has listed over 10,000 homes in the Atlanta metro area. Her buyer team has worked with over 2,500 buyers to help them find their dream home. If you want an agent that produces results, you must look further. Rhonda has a special program for Sellers that not only gives the Sellers flexibility in their sale, it also allows them to save their equity and put (0 comments)
How To Sell A Home Quick - 08/07/08 11:45 AM
This will give you a guideline of the rules that you must remember if you want to expend your energy to sell your home as quick as possible. Rule 1 - You are not in charge of when your home sells, the universe and more specifically, buyers are. So, remember that your role is to do as much as possible to make your home attractive and keep it exposed. The rest, you do not control. Rule 2 - You must stay connected to your home. The more connected to your home that you are are, the easier it is to sell (4 comments)
How to Get the Best Deal When Negotiating to Buy A Home - 08/07/08 11:44 AM
The "best deal" is always subjective to the buyer's interpretation of what a good deal is... Some buyers need a specific closing date, others need closing costs and some need personal items. How you get the best deal when you are a buyer is simple. Don't make the seller mad. Sellers are emotional wrecks, just like buyers. And some Sellers decide mid-stream that they are simply not going to sell to a particular buyer who has made them mad with requests that they feel are not applicable. An example of a request that they feel is not applicable is closing costs. (0 comments)
Become the Top Real Estate Agent in Your City - 7 Steps To Success Starting Today - 08/07/08 11:42 AM
Being the top real estate agent is easy if you have a plan. The plan is not elaborate or some special secret, or even something that you have to have 10 years of schooling for. It is really simple - be consistent. Many people have a different definition of consistency if you ask them. Often times you will find that they find a very convenient definition that adheres to their guidelines, which sometimes are self-sabotaging. So, I thought that I would look up the official Webster's dictionary definition of consistency. It is "constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.". (1 comments)
Atlanta Homes Sold By Owner - 08/07/08 11:39 AM
What I have learned from the many Sellers who have sold their home in the by owner fashion is that they want the opportunity to do so. Most Sellers share many of these reasons as to why they love the opportunities afforded to them by the for sale by owner model: They want the opportunity to show their own home and tell their story to every person who will listen. They want to market their home however they want without the penalty of having to pay an agent when a neighbor's mother or a friend from church buys the home. They (0 comments)
Atlanta Smart Home Buyer - 08/07/08 10:43 AM
In a recent article in our local, major newspaper, a reporter interviewed a veteran agent who had been in the business over 15 years. The agent boasted that she will remain in real estate because she had made changes to her criteria of how she will work with a buyer. She reported that one of the changes is that the buyers must search the internet and narrow down the houses by driving by the house and then she will take them to the house, which ultimately will save her gas. Well folks, this particular agent does not give her buyers any (0 comments)
The Top 10 Reasons To Sell Your Home Beyond The Typical Reasons - 08/02/08 04:45 PM
These are the humorous and not so humorous reasons that I have heard over the years from clients as to why they are determined to move. Of course these don't cover the usual stories of relocation, buying a first home, divorce, marriage and just we are tired of our home. 10. They want to move farther from your in-laws so that they can stop seeing them at the house all day on Sundays so that they can watch more football in peace. 9. They must get closer to work. The commute is making them really grumpy and they find themselves coming (3 comments)
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