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The Economic Stimulus Package can Stimulate Your Sales Too! - 04/28/08 08:27 PM
More than 130 million Americans will receive tax rebates this year as part of Congress' $168 billion economic stimulus package. Payments begin in about two weeks and range from $600 for individuals to $1,200 for couples, plus an additional $300 per child. Not everyone is eligible for a full rebate, however. For single filers earning more than $75,000 and joint filers earning more than $150,000, the tax rebate is reduced by $50 for each $1,000 of income beyond the limits. An individual with no children, therefore, will not receive a tax rebate if income exceeds $87,000 annually. The IRS provides (1 comments)
Curb appeal your listings - 04/21/08 09:12 PM
Are you enjoying this beautiful spring weather with your family and friends? We were out planting our vegetables and flowers in our new community garden plot and this gave me a real estate idea. Why not take some pictures of your listings, then take pictures of other listings and meet with your sellers? When you do, get them to talk about if their home's curb appeal is helping or hurting their chances for a sale! Then, offer to get a good local landscape architect to sketch out some ideas and quote a price for some quick and cheap 'make-overs'. This (5 comments)
Great Housing Market Cycle Cartoon Video! - 04/12/08 10:23 AM
You have got to watch this well-done cartoon... Housing cycles: lessons learned you ought to watch! housingcyclevideo Take a few minutes to watch a pretty baby-blue house that's for sale ask a wise old bespectacled brown house for advice. It's in this instructional cartoon by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, and it's aimed at homebuilders, who could probably use a bit of grade-school comforting these days. John Burns' bottom line is reassuring: "Remember, every down cycle is the beginning of the next up cycle." Sam Thompson, PHH Mortgage Senior Advisor - Helping you GROW your business! www.activerain.com./luckydog1 - SC www.activerain.com/luckydog2 - NC http://samthompson.phhmortgage.com/ www.myphhmortgageadvisor.com/ (2 comments)
A bird in the hand is really worth 8 in the bush right now! - 04/12/08 10:21 AM
Just like the saying, "A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush", if you have an approved buyer, you need to nurture them and do everything you can to keep them. In our market, a qualified buyer is gold and probably equates to 7-8 propects with poor credit.Also, like the picture shows, a little bird food might help too.I'll help you pull the birds in and keep them with you! I'll help you with the ones pre-approved with another lender too. Who knows, maybe the loan they are pre-approved for is the real reason they are not excited (2 comments)
Customer Service is the Key! - 04/12/08 10:18 AM
On average... Satisfied customers tell 5 people about good service they receive. Dissatisfied customers tell 10 people about bad service received. U.S.Office of Consumer Affairs For every unsatisfied customer who complains, there are 26 other unhappy customers who say nothing. And of those 26, 24 won't come back U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs The average company loses approximately 20% of it's customers each year. Patricia Sellers, "What Customers Really Want" Fortune Of customers who take their business somewhere else: 15% find cheaper products elsewhere 15% find better products elsewhere 65% leave because of poor customer service. The Forum Corporation "We've collected (1 comments)
Sellers Homework! Great Advice for your future in Real Estate! - 04/12/08 10:13 AM
Are you getting your sellers engaged? Just like those home improvement shows, you need to give your sellers' some homework! That's right! By getting them engaged, they are going to help you and this will help them get excited about the selling process too.The way this works is that they are helping you by giving you tidbits about the house that you should know so you are better armed to market and SELL their home. Also, you need to ask for the names of their family, friends and co-workers so you can personally call each one to tell them (1 comments)
Here's a free Realtor network site you might want to link to and join... Click here to get started - http://www.usrealtyreferrals.com/ Sam Thompson, PHH Mortgage Senior Advisor - Helping you GROW your business! www.activerain.com./luckydog1 - SC www.activerain.com/luckydog2 - NC http://samthompson.phhmortgage.com/ www.myphhmortgageadvisor.com/
NAR statistics can help you with your Elevator Speech! - 04/07/08 07:59 AM
Have you seen the new NAR television ads? They are well done and they explain that the house is a great investment and that 60% of America's wealth is their house. NAR also has statistics that over the past 30 years, home values have risen more than 6 percent annually. Also, that the average value a home doubles every 10 years! Okay, based on these statistics, here is a great 'elevator speech' for you when you meet someone, like on an elevator. "Our market is pretty strong and now we are in one of the strongest buyers' markets in history. Did you (1 comments)
Housing Cycle Video - You ought to watch! - 04/07/08 07:48 AM
Housing cycles: lessons learned - Great Video housingcyclevideo Take a few minutes to watch a pretty baby-blue house that's for sale ask a wise old bespectacled brown house for advice. It's in this instructional cartoon by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, and it's aimed at homebuilders, who could probably use a bit of grade-school comforting these days. John Burns' bottom line is reassuring: "Remember, every down cycle is the beginning of the next up cycle." Sam Thompson, PHH Mortgage Senior Advisor - Helping you GROW your business! www.activerain.com./luckydog1 - SC www.activerain.com/luckydog2 - NC http://samthompson.phhmortgage.com/ www.myphhmortgageadvisor.com/ (1 comments)
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